AC-12, the fictional police squad charged with the herculean task of uncovering corruption within the police force in Line of Duty, will reportedly be fairly busy when the 5th series begins filming this Fall. The main three individuals involved in most of the AC-12 investigations, Superintendent Ted Hastings (Adrian Dunbar), DS Kate Fleming (Vicky McClure) and DS, potentially DI Steve Arnott (Martin Compston), will be back for the new series. Also back will be Maneet Bindra, played by Maya Sondhi. For those that remember series 4 where she leaked confidential AC-12 files and got away with it, her fate remains up in the air.
Creator/writer Jed Mercurio can’t wait to begin. “I’d definitely like to be able to do a sixth series,” he said. “That means we can approach the fifth series knowing that it’s not going to be the last.” It’s easy to see why the BBC has already confirmed the commissioning of a sixth series before series 5 even begins filming. Line of Duty was included in a list of the Top 50 BBC Two shows of all-time and in a list of the 80 best BBC shows of all time. It was the highest-ranked current series in a list of the best cop shows of all time and in a poll of the best British crime dramas of all time.
For those that may be unfamiliar with the series, it should be at the top of your list to begin binge-watching the 23 episodes that comprise series 1-4. Aside from the main characters that comprise AC-12, the series has seen a laundry list of A-list actors in the crosshairs of AC-12 investigations including Lennie James (The Walking Dead), Keeley Hawes (Spooks, Ashes to Ashes, Upstairs Downstairs, Bodyguard) and Daniel Mayes (Ashes to Ashes). Other guest stars have included Gina McKee, Jessica Raine (Call the Midwife), Jason Watkins (Being Human, Trollied, Twenty Twelve, W1A), Neil Morrissey (Men Behaving Badly) and Lee Ingleby (Inspector George Gently, Our Zoo).
With Line of Duty S5 set to begin filming this Fall, KERA TV (PBS, Dallas) will begin airing series 1-4 in January 2019!