Fans of the intense police-corruption drama Line of Duty can look forward to watching the second series in the not-too-distant future on both sides of the pond.
A police convoy is ambushed and three officers are killed. Of the survivors, one is a protected witness and the other is DI Lindsay Denton (Keeley Hawes, MI-5). She was there when it all went down, and that makes her a key witness to the cop killings.
As the investigation into the ambush proceeds, there is evidence that suggests information about the convoy was leaked by a source from within the ranks of the police force itself.
So begins the investigation of Denton as the prime suspect by AC-12, the fictional anti-corruption unit of the British police.
Martin Compston (Monarch of the Glen) and Vicky McClure (Broadchurch) reprise their roles as DS Steve Arnott and DC Kate Fleming, the AC-12 detectives handling the Denton case. Adrian Dunbar (Ashes to Ashes) also returns as the head of AC-12, Superintendent Ted Hastings.
In addition to Hawes, Jessica Raines (Call the Midwife) and Mark Bonnar (Psychoville) join the cast as Detective Constable Georgia Trotman and Deputy Chief Constable Mike Dryden. Trotman, a new member of AC-12, is torn between doing her duty as an officer of the law and investigating fellow officers. Dryden, a “ruthlessly ambitious” man who hides a skeleton or two in his closet, leads the investigation.
Created, written, and executive produced by Jed Mercurio (Bodies), the critically-acclaimed Line of Duty was the highest-rated new drama series on BBC Two in ten years when it debuted in 2012. When the second series was commissioned, Mercurio stated:
“I was thrilled by the success of series one, and I’m hugely grateful for the opportunity to create another six hours of twists and turns as our returning investigators delve into a brand-new story of police corruption.”
Comprised of six hour-long episodes, Line of Duty: Series 2 premieres in the UK during the last week of January 2014 on BBC Two, and in the US in on the 22nd of March as part of the Hulu Originals series exclusively on Hulu.