JAN MOIR asks the questions ahead of Britain’s preferred police thriller

Next weekend Line Of Task returns for a sixth series– and not a minute too soon. The extremely popular authorities drama is a must-watch for armchair sleuths.

At the heart of the action is AC-12, the anti-corruption squad headed by Superintendent Ted Hastings (Adrian Dunbar) and his 2 dependable partners, Detective Inspector Kate Fleming (Vicky McClure) and Detective Sergeant Steve Arnott (Martin Compston).

‘ My department performs its responsibilities to the letter of the law,’ says Hastings. Yet, week after week, viewers are drawn into a dark and complicated world of police-on-police crime that is often shocking and frequently complicated.

Next weekend Line Of Duty returns for a sixth series– and not a moment too soon. The hugely popular cops drama is a must-watch for armchair sleuths. DI Fleming is pictured left in the series, played by Vicky McClure (best).

How much do you understand? What do you keep in mind from the past? Please step into our interrogation room where you are still under caution.

For the functions of the tape, we require to ascertain just how much you have actually learned from what has gone before to notify the quality of your Line Of Responsibility watching experience in the future.

You can be questioned by an officer at least one rank senior– however please response honestly. BEEEEEP!

1) At the heart of every series is the Hunt for H, the quest to reveal the identity of the strange high-ranking criminal mastermind who commands a network of corrupt policeman. Three individuals have actually currently been unmasked in the H block, but the identity of the 4th and last bad guy stays a secret. Just how much do you understand about this?

A Very little, like everybody.

B Please don’t let it be Ted.

C Sorry, I got puzzled back in series 2.

D Have not they fixed that yet?

2) In his dying declaration in the series 3 ending, DI Matthew ‘Dot’ Cottan (Craig Parkinson) exposed necessary details to Kate Fleming about H’s identity. How did he convey this intelligence?

A He composed a note in blood.

B By blinking, finger tapping and Morse Code.

C He left a message on Ted’s phone.

D By using semaphore flags.

3) One idea was the misspelling of a word in series 5. What was it?

A Definitely.

B Absolutely.

C Positively.

D Definitely.

Detective Chief Inspector Roz Huntley is imagined left, played by Thandie Newton, right.

4) In the last series, the organised criminal activity group was penetrated by an undercover officer played by Stephen Graham. What was his name?

A John Corbett.

B Harry H. Corbett.

C Keir Corbett.

D Norbert Corbett.

5) Who remains in the Balaclava Gang?

A I do not understand, they all use balaclavas.

B That dodgy legal representative back in series four.

C Spider-Man.

D No remark.

6) Operation Pear Tree was the examination launched in series 5 aimed at penetrating criminal networks and discovering links between such groups and corrupt officers. Who supervises of it?

A Haven’t a clue, guv.

B Teacher Plum in the research study with the truncheon.

C Alison Powell.

D Authorities and Crime Commissioner Rohan Sindwhani.

7) At the conclusion of Operation Pear Tree, it was revealed that it had uncovered no links in between the police and organised criminal offense. Was this real?

A Pull the other one, it’s got bells on.

B You are having a laugh.

C No, lawyer Gill Biggeloe was exposed as corrupt.

D Nothing to see here, move along.

8) What took place to senior legal counsel Gill Biggeloe?

A PC Tina Tranter tried to stab her in the AC-12 loos.

B She provided testament versus the OCS (organised criminal offense group).

C She was given a brand-new identity.

D All of the above.

Lindsay Denton is envisioned above, played by Keeley Hawes.

9) In series 4, Detective Sergeant Steve Arnott goes to attorney Nick Huntley’s workplace after finding holes in his alibi. He exits a glass lift. What occurs next?

A He gets off at the wrong flooring.

B He is thrown down the stairs by a man in a balaclava.

C He realises he has actually left his phone in your home.

D He notices a coffee stain on his favourite waistcoat.

10) In the exact same series, what did Thandie Newton’s DCI Roz Huntley say when Hastings called her ‘beloved’?

A Your location or mine, big kid.

B I ‘d thank you to utilize gender-neutral language.

C I am not your darling, I am your destiny.

D Ma’am will be enough.

11) Back in series two, DI Lindsay Denton (Keeley Hawes) has a conflict with then DC Kate Fleming. ‘Individuals have actually underestimated me my whole life,’ says Denton. Then she …

A Punches Fleming in the stomach.

B Arrests Fleming.

C Provides Fleming a Chinese burn.

D Appreciates Fleming’s lipstick.

12) Speaking of Denton, she accuses Hastings of being susceptible to corruption by having what?

A An affair with Biggeloe.

B Links to terrorism in his past.

C A problem with alcohol and gambling.

D High levels of undisclosed financial losses.

13) Which of the following is not a Tedism?

A Hastings, like the fight.

B Mother of God.

C I didn’t drift up the Lagan in a bubble.

D Put your knickers on and make a cup of tea.

14) Lastly, how much are you eagerly anticipating Line Of Responsibility series six?

A Not a lot.

B I’m not at liberty to say.

C It’s the very best news because the vaccine.

D Now we are drawing diesel.

Five series with more weaves than the River Lagan.

Nearly two years have actually passed considering that series five of Line Of Duty ended. So, to bring you up to speed, ALISON BOSHOFF provides you a refresher course on whatever you require to understand.

The gang of 3.

The three central characters are DSI Ted Hastings (Adrian Dunbar), who is in charge of anti-corruption unit AC-12. He is helped by DI Kate Fleming (Vicky McClure) and DS Steve Arnott (Martin Compston).

The hunt for ‘H’.

H is the codename for a group of senior-ranking, corrupt officers who are in cahoots with criminal gangs. Their inside understanding implies they have formerly been able to foil authorities investigations.

In the last trip, it was exposed that H is not a specific however 4 individuals. We now know the identity of three members of H and just one name– that of the kingpin– stays a secret.

Those twisted plots: series one.

The twisted loyalties of copper Tony Gates (Lennie James), are the focus of series one.

He is called officer of the year but one-time fan Jackie Laverty (Gina McKee) embroils him in a plot to kill her accounting professional, who had actually discovered that she was laundering money for gangster Tommy Hunter.

Jackie is killed and Gates is blackmailed and framed. He walks on to the motorway to perish under the wheels of a lorry. But AC-12 discover there is a corrupt male in the force called ‘The Caddy’.

One of the 3 main characters is DSI Ted Hastings (Adrian Dunbar), who supervises of anti-corruption unit AC-12.

Series 2.

There is an armed attack on an authorities convoy transferring a protected witness. The only survivor is DI Lindsay Denton, (Keeley Hawes). She is eventually founded guilty of conspiracy to murder. Meanwhile corrupt copper DS Matthew ‘Dot’ Cottan (The Caddy) ends up being a member of AC-12.

Series three.

Sergeant Danny Waldron (Daniel Mays) is the focus of examinations– shot dead by a member of his own armed action team. The path results in a paedophile ring, which Waldron was retaliating on.

At the end of the series Lindsay Denton is freed and offers a copy of the list of abusers to AC-12. Dot is unmasked as The Caddy and escapes the interview space, just to pass away after offering up a ‘passing away declaration’.

Series 4.

DCI Roz Huntley (Thandie Newton) eliminates forensic organizer Tim Ifield after he ends up being suspicious that she is manipulating evidence. A male in a balaclava practically kills Steve Arnott and DSI Ted Hastings is implicated of being corrupt copper H.

Series 5.

Undercover officer John Corbett (Stephen Graham) is at the centre of the plot. It transpires that Hastings had a relationship with Corbett’s mother while he was working for the RUC, and was the last person to see her alive. Corbett is killed after a tip-off to the OCG (organised crime gang) where he is ingrained.

Ultimately, Gill Biggeloe (Polly Walker), a legal advisor, is unmasked as a corrupt senior member of police personnel after an effort to frame Hastings.

In the finale, Arnott re-examines the video footage of Dot Cottan’s dying declaration and suggests that he was tapping out H– four dots in Morse code– to suggest that there were 4 authorities personnel in league with organised crime.

With corrupt Assistant Chief Constable Derek Hilton, legal counsel Gill Biggeloe and Cottan himself already discovered, that suggests one stays.

What to expect in season 6.

The huge question: is Ted Hastings truly H? A trailer has been launched by the BBC.

Confusingly, there is a series of ‘Easter egg’ ideas that can be reached if fans follow a trail from a QR code on the front of a magazine in the original trailer.

What is validated is that Trainspotting actress Kelly Macdonald will appear as new character DCI Joanne Davidson.

There are shoot-outs, an auto accident, a balaclava male in cops custody and the typical accusations that somewhere a rotten apple is avoiding the course of justice.

In the trailer, Steve Arnott states: ‘A whole line of query has actually been intentionally suppressed to safeguard organised criminal offense.’.

Ted is upset, shouting about a ‘bare-faced liar promoted to our greatest workplace’.

The trailer also reveals a prescription for addictive painkillers in the name of Steve Arnott, who has suffered pain in the back after being practically eliminated in series 4.

Steve is likewise seen meeting former girlfriend Nicola Rogerson (Christina Chong) and informing her he wants a transfer out of AC-12.


Line Of Responsibility was called the 3rd finest British police procedural of perpetuity by the Radio Times in 2018– behind Inspector Morse and Foyle’s War.

Line Of Responsibility is on BBC1 at 9pm on Sunday, March 21.

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