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Line of Duty - Series One [DVD]

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  • Actors: Martin Compston, Vicky McClure, Lennie James, Craig Parkinson, Adrian Dunbar
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • 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: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (298 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00CP5VY1W
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 430 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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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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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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The third best TV series ever on BBC TV. The second best being series 2 and the first best being the incredible series 3. I was more than happy to own the first two series because television like this can be enjoyed again and again. I'll buy series 3 as soon as Amazon makes it available. Each one of the characters is someone you really, really want to know more about. So often today one's interest wanes because you really couldn't care less what happens to characters in the end. I cannot fault the quality of the acting of any of the main recurring characters, or even those that only appear one time. I don't want to give away any spoliers but if you never watched this you have a big hole as far as enjoyment of flawless drama in your life. And if I can add one more effusive point: all 3 series establish Jed Mecurio as one of the best modern living authors and dramatists in the UK. More than 5 star entertainment but Amazon doesn't go to six.
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By Mikey TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 27 Sept. 2013
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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.
Enjoy!
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An unexpected gem that I missed when it was originally transmitted. Good performances from the leads, but incredible writing from Jed Mercurio. It's extremely hard to put in plot twists and turns and still keep a story credible, but Mercurio makes it look easy.

Nothing is black and white, as they often are in corruption/conspiracy dramas and I love how he's made the protagonist in this, too good to be true copper Tony Gates, ambiguous - is he a bent cop or not, he's certainly willing to bend the law for friends, but is it circumstance that forces him down the road we see?

If you like intelligent drama, this delivers and BBC2 deserve all the accolades the series received for commissioning it.
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Brilliant drama. It doesnt spare its punches. Shot around Birmingham, it is one of the best police dramas I have ever seen. It doesnt pander to those wanting a happy ending with all the loose ends tied up. I watched all episodes in two days I was so intrigued.
Not for those wanting a nice cuddly police story.
This is violent in parts with swearing. The acting is brilliant, every character is strong and believable. If you know Birmingham then you will recognise some of the locations.
I never watched the series as I just thought it was another cop drama - a friend said how good it was. Not wanting to watch series 3, I thought I would start with the first series. Wow!

Totally worth watching.
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Not a bad series this with strong acting, good casting and quite a realistic storyline. Lennie James plays DCI Tony Gates, an officer who many want to bring to his knees not because of his race but because nobody can believe he can be as successful as he is without cheating. When a young Sergeant, played by Steve Arnott, refuses to take part in the cover-up by officers responsible for killing an innocent man in a raid-gone-wrong. he is ostracised by his workmates, some senior officers and his 'friends' both in and out of the Police Service so he gets a transfer to the Anti-Corruption Dept. and joins others in investigating Gates. As a result, other 'matters' come to light which cannot be swept under the carpet and as things hot-up, Gates begins to feel the heat, to find out WHO, if anyone is still his friend and finds he has very few places to go and even fewer people he can trust. Also starring Adrian Dunbar, Vicky McClure and Neil Morrisey who is a real star in this cast against type 'serious' role.
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