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Line of Duty - Series One [DVD]

Martin Compston , Vicky McClure    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Martin Compston, Vicky McClure, Lennie James, Craig Parkinson, Adrian Dunbar
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Acorn Media
  • DVD Release Date: 3 Feb 2014
  • Run Time: 300 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00CP5VY1W
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 276 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Line of Duty – Series 1

Hard-hitting, fast-paced new thriller delving into the murky world of police corruption.

When a counterterrorism raid goes tragically wrong, Detective Sergeant Steve Arnott refuses to participate in a cover-up. Ostracised by colleagues, he transfers to an anticorruption unit, AC-12, in the process of investigating one of the Force’s most respected offi cers, Detective Chief Inspector Tony Gates. Not only has Gates just been awarded Offi cer of the Year, his squad has returned the best crime fi gures for three consecutive years. But can anyone really be that good? Arnott doesn’t think so and soon he and Gates become embroiled in a thrilling game of cat-and-mouse. Every time Gates seems cornered, he fi nds a way to turn the tables still believing he can save himself, if only he can prove his innocence. But all the time he’s digging a bigger hole and plunging irrevocably into a moral abyss. And the stakes keep getting higher. Soon it isn’t just careers on the line – it’s lives.


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47 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best BBC drama in years. 9 Jun 2013
Format:DVD
This is what The Shadow Line should have been. A brilliantly terse and tense conspiracy drama with twists that make sense and good performances. Ironically, unlike Good Cop which ended on a cliffhanger and irritatingly didn't get recommissioned, Line of Duty ends in such a way that it honestly doesn't really need or warrant a second series, yet is getting one. I'm not sure how they'll top the first series but I have faith they'll give it a good go. Neil Morrissey seems to revel in playing a nasty little man for once instead of his usual matey/geezer roles. All the performances from the main cast are strong and it's nice to see a major drama set in Birmingham, which much like Liverpool in Good Cop is portrayed as a good place with flaws as opposed to what might have been sensationalised as a hell hole by a lesser writer.

The only big criticism I have is the over-abundance of references to police procedure, mostly paperwork and unnecessary red tape. It's too obvious, not quite as prescriptive as Natural Born Killers which has to be the benchmark in anti-subtle ideology, but it's just a bit repetitive and isn't needed. It could have worked if it was actually the focus of the drama, but it isn't. Luckily though, the show isn't cluttered like Blackout or unfocused like Good Cop, so I'll take a slightly out-of-place thread in exchange for an otherwise tight narrative.

Highest recommendation possible for this.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! 7 Mar 2014
By Philia
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
What a great surprise! Gritty, complex, wonderful acting. The good guys do bad things, and the bad guys do good things. I'm looking forward to season 2 with great anticipation! Recomended!
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic police thriller 27 Sep 2013
By Mikey TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
This five part BBC drama screened on BBC2 in 2012 and became one of the most successful dramas on BBC2 of the year.
This two disc set features all five episodes of the drama along with a half-hour Behind the Scenes extra featuring the whole cast.
If you enjoy a good quality thriller set in the modern world, Line of Duty will not let you down.
Don't wait for it to be released on amazon in 2014, go straight to [...] where it is available now with free postage.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Line of Duty series 1 20 Mar 2014
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I started watching the second series and couldn't wait to also watch the first series as i missed it on BBC2 when it first aired. It literally had me not wanting to switch off, ended up watching the whole series in one day all episodes back to back. All I can say is superb British writing and acting, roll on the third series quickly please, I don't know what I'm going to do on a Wednesday night. Not very often will I love a whole series, normally there are a couple of episodes a tad boring but certainly not this!! Edge of your seat stuff, don't miss it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic series. 9 Mar 2014
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Totally gripping series. Had to sit and watch the whole series to the end. I could not turn it off.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping Drama 6 July 2013
Format:DVD
Glad this is finally being released on dvd. I saw it on tv last year, and it had me gripped from start to finish. Is he or isn't he a bent cop? As for the ending - totally unexpected. Buy it and judge for yourselves.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Traumatic and Terrific 12 Jan 2014
By prisrob TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
When a cop starts thinking that the 'sexy cases' are all his, you know that man is in trouble. DCI Tony Gates is that man, played by Lennie James, who has it all and wants more. 'Line of Duty' is a dark, brooding, gripping police drama, that will have you on the edge of your seat. It is violent, prepare yourself. Not much to smile about in these five episodes.

The series starts off with a terrorist case that was bungled by the police, and a cover-up is underway. Except DS Arnott, played by, one of the bunglers won't play and wants to tell the truth. He is transferred to A-12, the Corruption Unit. This is not a popular unit, investigating your own. DS Arnott , as it turns out has an 'off' and 'on' personality, sometimes he is with his team, and sometimes he is not. What he does have is a brilliant investigative mind, and a good boss, DCI Hastings. Hastings is after DCI Tony Gates, he believes what is purported to be all good, is in fact a method of inventing statistics and cases to make Gates look good. His mission is to bring Gates down, and it doesn't take much. However, to get there takes five harrowing episodes, blood and gore, manipulation, police cover- ups, and a great deal of disbelief. As I said, this is really dark, you will need to take some breaks. Prepare.

Lennie James as Tony Gates is superb, we watch him manipulate us right before our eyes. Gina McGee, as Jackie, Gates lover, is the perfect mistress , Vicky McLure, plays Kate, the officer undercover who plays up to Gates, is in a position to find the truth, and she never wavers, ever! DS Arnott, has the series play around his investigation, however, his wishy-washy character takes away from his performance. This series is true grit, what we believe may really occur in the real world of policing in the UK.
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5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING! 24 April 2014
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What an amazing series have now just finished watching series 2 can't wait fir the 3rd so cleverly written WOW!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent story
Bought Series One after having seen Series Two and was worried that it wouldn't be as good. It was just as good. Read more
Published 16 hours ago by JCB
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this series
This is one of the best series on TV loved the first one and the second one was just as good.
Published 23 hours ago by Margaret Davison
4.0 out of 5 stars Great show
Best police drama on television interesting plot in each episode lots of twists and turns great characters great acting we'll worth watching
Published 23 hours ago by claire peters
5.0 out of 5 stars Gift
This was a gift but I gather it has been very much appreciated and enjoyed - I look forward to borrowing it!
Published 1 day ago by rodders
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best TV dramas
Fantastic series anyone who wants to catch up on the first series this is a must buy. Cant wait for series 3
Published 3 days ago by MR DARREN LOWE
5.0 out of 5 stars Line of Duty
Arrived in good time and order. Fantastic !! Well worth catching up. We watched series 2 and wanted to understand the past history of some of the characters.
Published 3 days ago by Miss P from Moseley
5.0 out of 5 stars Police thriller
I saw the second series so wanted to see the first. So glad I did. Excellent. Would recommend to anyone who enjoys a good police thriller.
Published 6 days ago by J A Prosser
5.0 out of 5 stars Line of Duty, Series one DVD.
I haven't actually watched it yet but I did check to make sure it was ok. I am sure, by the reviews, that I shall enjoy it when I do get round to watching it.
Published 6 days ago by Ms. M. Leask
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
Amazing first series , came to it after watching series 2 on tv.
Couldn't t stop watching it . Had to watch 3 episodes in a row . Read more
Published 7 days ago by Ann
5.0 out of 5 stars Best cop show on TV?
I had watched this on the first showing but was inspired to buy series one after watching the excellent series two. Read more
Published 8 days ago by J. Brompton
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