to be looking forward to tomorrow's final episode of Line of Duty

(46 Posts)
wowfudge Tue 18-Mar-14 11:10:54

It's the most compelling drama I've watched on TV for ages (possibly since the last series).

Holdthepage Tue 18-Mar-14 11:17:41

Me too, one of the best things I have watched on TV for ages.

MrsDavidBowie Tue 18-Mar-14 11:26:33

I will not know what to do on Thursday

FabULouse Tue 18-Mar-14 11:28:44

Me too it is totally gripping. I only recently realised the writer, Jed Mercurio, also wrote the amazing Bodies (with the divine Max Beesley) and Cardiac Arrest series from years back, which I'm now planning to revisit.

NollaigShona Tue 18-Mar-14 11:37:59

My God, Keely Hawes is fecking amazing. I never rated her that much before but bloody hell she is utterly the most brilliant actress. She needs to play complex characters who have a malevolent undercurrent more frequently.

Voerendaal Tue 18-Mar-14 12:12:13

It is brilliant. However what am I going to do when it has finished? I actually won't get to watch until Friday evening - I hope no one gives the plot away......

ConferencePear Tue 18-Mar-14 12:20:28

Another vote for how brilliant it is. I even recorded last weeks and re-watched bits of it to be sure I hadn't missed anything.
I have some ideas or what's going on, but I'm not sure.
I especially like that the people who I think are 'goodies' aren't without faults.

wowfudge Tue 18-Mar-14 12:58:52

I had a catch up on Sunday/Monday as I just hadn't managed to watch any of it, but had recorded the series. It's so complex and interesting - all the little threads are brilliantly woven together. Everything has a meaning, a nuance, etc.

Agree about Keeley Hawes - when she walloped her drunken neighbour I was so shocked. Remember: don't underestimate her.

Also found out today that Robert Lindsay was originally down to play Mark Dryden, but bailed on day one on set.

I shall be very suspicious of everyone once it has finished!

Optimist1 Tue 18-Mar-14 13:02:03

I'm loving the fact that characters aren't definitively black or white - there are plenty of shades of moral grey in-between. Definitely one of the best TV dramas I've watched.

diddl Tue 18-Mar-14 13:05:49

I'm really enjoying it as well.

Part of me wants it to be Lindseyas I want ac12 to be right.

When Dryden was interviewed I was changing between hating him for having an affair then a little sympathy for being stalked by Lindsey then feeling sorry for Lindsey about the abortion.

But they both seem to have motive for setting the other up!

HelpfulChap Tue 18-Mar-14 13:06:33

Love it.

Top drawer TV.

Abra1d Tue 18-Mar-14 13:11:34

I. Cannot. Wait.

PuppyMonkey Tue 18-Mar-14 13:11:39

It's astounding telly, the scene with Jessica Raine being flung out of the window truly one of the most shocking things I've ever seen. Then the interrogation sequence last week? Superb.

Thank goodness when this finishes, I've still got True Detective to keep me happy / that also had one of the most amazing scenes ever to be filmed last week. Seriously!

PoirotsMoustache Tue 18-Mar-14 13:16:53

YADNBU. It's utterly brilliant.

Alliwantisaroomsomewhere Tue 18-Mar-14 13:18:41

I came across this show by chance. What an incredible series! Excellent direction, characterisation and a mindblowing plot. Love it!

themoneyone Tue 18-Mar-14 13:37:48

Can't wait! And will then be hoping for a third series grin.

wowfudge Tue 18-Mar-14 14:32:41

themoneyone there has to be a third series because I bet there will be unresolved threads.

Did you notice that Jackie Laverty is still down as a misper? We know from series one that she's in a freezer somewhere. In bits. Yuck.

DumbleDee Tue 18-Mar-14 14:35:34


It's been the best thing I've seen in ages, I have a girl crush on Keely Hawes, and will be gutted it's the last one. SO yes, I will be SOOOO looking forward to the climax, but sad to see the end of it.


VerucaInTheNutRoom Tue 18-Mar-14 14:39:43

Can't wait. This series is miles better than the first. The interview scenes, first with Denton and then Dryden, have been utterly brilliant. I just hope that the final episode delivers.

wowfudge Tue 18-Mar-14 14:42:49

I think knowledge of the first series makes this one particularly good, although you don't have to have watched series one. Absolutely gripping.

diddl Tue 18-Mar-14 14:45:06

I also much prefer this series.

Although with series 1 I loathed the Lennie James character tbh & wanted him to be guilty all the way!

With this I have shifting sympathies!

MazzleDazzle Tue 18-Mar-14 16:17:04

I know! Would rather it was on every night for a week than having to wait a whole week for the next episode. I love Vicky McClure! Desperate for Shane Meadows to do another This is England spin off.

Haven't watched series 1 of Line of Duty. Will try to download it though. By the way, does anyone else think that this is a crap name for a series? Doesn't do it justice if you ask me.

Oh and I second the True Detective comment. Stunning television! Good enough for the big screen.

meboo Tue 18-Mar-14 16:18:35

so, can we lay out our theories then????

truelymadlysleepy Tue 18-Mar-14 16:36:25

Be first then mebo, what do you reckon?

PollyIndia Tue 18-Mar-14 16:39:15

Optimist1, totally agree. It's like the wire for that, all shades of grey in the way characters are portrayed.
I am so excited about the last episode - new bloke over tomorrow though so will have to wait until thurs to watch it.
Any predictions?

PollyIndia Tue 18-Mar-14 16:39:53

Oh PS, I reckon there is going to be a twist and she WILL have been the mole after all but Dryden will go down.

It's great isn't it! I hadn't been watching it until a friend recommended it, then had a massive catch up online.

For those who want something else to watch when it's finished I can recommend Salamander, a 12 part Flemish political thriller series, on BBCiPlayer. Episode 1 is only available until 9:44PM on Saturday 22nd March though.

diddl Tue 18-Mar-14 16:52:11

It's hard to know what's relevant, isn't it?

Denton picking the route-did that matter if the other car was being tracked?

Her having an abortion-maybe she was OK with it?

wowfudge Tue 18-Mar-14 16:55:58

Line of Duty as a title only made sense in the very last episode of the first series when Tony threw himself under a truck, asking Arnott to "tell them it was in the line of duty" before he did so, completely unexpectedly, so his family got his pension and DISB. In the first series, you thought he was a wrong 'un from the off - turned out he was more flawed as a human being than dodgy and Dot and Neil Morrissey's characters were far dodgier.

Come on mebo - what do you reckon?

wowfudge Tue 18-Mar-14 17:02:17

Okay - I think there is something in her past which has coloured her life. She said, 'People have underestimated me all my life' and I think it could be related to abuse in her childhood. We've seen her mother, there has been no mention of her father at all. Did she have the abortion when she found out Mike Dryden had a penchant for young girls? Did she then try to blackmail him, perhaps to leave his wife (even though she knew about him)? She is darker than she first seems.

LessMissAbs Tue 18-Mar-14 17:11:04

Same here. The actor that plays Dryden is very good. And the actor that plays the cop who got squashed against the wall (Rashid?) is beautiful!

Its very violent though.

wowfudge Tue 18-Mar-14 17:16:17

Manish Prasad is the character LessMiss; he was Paul in Last Tango in Halifax, who had a fling with Gillian in the first series of that.

I'm also now thinking maybe Dryden abused her as a child and has never realised who she is as an adult? Would explain why she became a cop - wants to put bad people away.

VerucaInTheNutRoom Tue 18-Mar-14 17:25:53

Mazzle, This is England 1990 starts filming later this year!

Couldn't get into Salamander, I found the main character really irritating.

truelymadlysleepy Tue 18-Mar-14 17:27:29

I don't want to believe she's guilty. I want Drydan to have set her up.

Steve believes in her but I'm not convinced that Kate's not hiding something.

She has shown how smart she is though.

Drquin Tue 18-Mar-14 17:52:33

Another one here loving it!
And genuinely not knowing who is good, bad, evil ....

Does anyone know where Series 1 can be downloaded from?

MILLYmo0se Tue 18-Mar-14 18:29:48

Oh I 've gone through stages of thinking everyone was responsible at different stages ! And Im not entirely sure at the minute whether the murder of the girl and the ambush were directly linked ie did the ambush happen as a direct result of her death or are they 2 more seperate though overlapping events. Absolutely riviting stuff, I came across it totally by accident the first episode of this series, didnt realise there was a previous one !

Nennypops Tue 18-Mar-14 18:34:20

I think Denton has to be guilty. She was looking like a cat with the cream when the TV report came on referring to Dryden's arrest. I also have a nasty feeling she must have murdered Carly, I can't see who else it would be now that Dryden's out of the frame. Was it ever explained why she went to the place where it later turned out Carly was buried?

ChasedByBees Tue 18-Mar-14 18:36:06

Doh, I'd never heard of this until today and now it's everywhere! Sounds great too. Missed it sad

AvonCallingBarksdale Tue 18-Mar-14 18:37:58

It is the best thing on TV by a long chalk at the moment! Just brilliant!

wowfudge Tue 18-Mar-14 18:40:27

I thought Prasad and his side kick killed Carly? But why? Think she was killed same night as the incident with Dryden. Perhaps she is connected to Tommy and it was a message to him?

Not sure about what led Lindsay to the garage - it was where Akers' car got taken and the nurse's car and she started ringing round asking whether anyone matching Prasad's description had been working in garages as a mechanic.

MILLYmo0se Tue 18-Mar-14 19:17:41

Carly either had a sexual encounter with Dryden the night of the speeding ticket, or it was set up to look like that ie the photos that were taken . She most likely was killed by the 2 bent coppers, but was it to keep herr quiet about the sexual abuse or just to frame Dryden ? If it is all Lyndsay, did she bribe those 2 to kill Carly, or because of Carly did she have the power to then bribe them to carry out the ambush ?

wowfudge Tue 18-Mar-14 19:28:53

MILLY you got me thinking. What about the DNA thing as well? There is something to do with Carly's parentage in the mix. And was it really Tommy who died in hospital?

NewtRipley Tue 18-Mar-14 19:41:27

Ditto to all of you.

It has been great.

I also agree that it's had some brilliantly shocking and surprising moments. Keeley Hawes is excellent

wowfudge Tue 18-Mar-14 19:49:57

More speculation while tea's in the oven. Either the ambush was a botched plan to spirit Tommy away and Akers was paid to make the call to the cops or Tommy paid her for her silence, substituting someone else in his place, but she found out something which scared her and genuinely rang to take her charge into protective custody, but her phone was hacked.

Sorry for all of this - no one to discuss it with at home at the mo!

diddl Tue 18-Mar-14 20:08:22

I wondered if it was really Tommy.
Reason being that if they were all on the take, why would they want him dead?

MILLYmo0se Wed 19-Mar-14 18:17:56

Re Tommy, on the recording Akers had he intimated that Dryden had been bent or on the take for years and I think that there was something else he (Tommy) knew that 'the bastard' (Dryden) wouldn't want people to know - an interest in young girls maybe ? So that could explain why he would want him dead.
BUT Tommy never actually names Dryden in the recording, maybe it's someone else ? At this stage I don't think I'd even be surprised if Hastings was behind it all I'm so flippin' baffled !

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