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Line of Duty: Series 1

 Review by Suzanne Lanoue 10/25/13

This is a great thriller and everyone should watch it.  At first, you're not sure who are the good guys and who are the bad guys. The hero seems to be this super cop, Tony Gates, played by Lennie James. Then there are other cops who want to show that he's corrupt. It's very interesting how the episodes twist and turn.

Like a lot of British shows, it's more like a TV movie than a series. There are only 5 episodes. I guess that even though they killed off some of the characters, they will be bringing some of them back in another year. I can't say too much without giving away the plot.

It gives you a really good idea about how British police work now. Unlike other shows, it shows the bureaucracy involved as well as some of the corruption. I love Lennie James, who always does an outstanding job, and the other actors were brilliant as well.

The only thing that troubled me - and these are very minor points - is that there are a couple of small loose ends that they never tie up. Perhaps they will do so in the next season? This won't make sense to you unless you watch it, but I wondered why Arnott didn't remember that "Dot" had said that Gates ordered them off their surveillance, yet later Gates denied it. And then secondly, and even less importantly, they never found a certain dead body that was crammed into the poor intellectually disabled guy's fridge.

The features are very primitive, almost like an afterthought - very "no frills". There are interviews with each of the cast and crew about the show, and a little "behind the scenes" footage. Still, this is worth watching, especially if you love good dramas or thrillers.

MORE INFORMATION:

“Gripping cat-and-mouse thriller” The Daily Telegraph

“A tightly plotted BBC cop show” Slate

“Unmissable” The Times

“Hugely compelling” Daily Mail

“Intelligent drama” Huffington Post

LINE OF DUTY, SERIES 1

Debuts on DVD October 29, 2013

The smash-hit British police drama makes its DVD debut 

Silver Spring, MD — Compared to The Wire and The Shield, and critically acclaimed for its taut plotting, remarkable performances and hard-hitting realism, Line of Duty, Series 1 makes its DVD debut on October 29, 2013 from Acorn, an RLJ Entertainment, Inc. (NASDAQ: RLJE) brand. Martin Compston (Monarch of the Glen) stars as Detective Sergeant Steve Arnott, a London police officer who refuses to participate in a bureaucratic cover-up following a botched counterterrorism raid. Made a pariah by his colleagues, Arnott is forced to transfer to the anti-corruption department, where he quickly discovers that a celebrated officer, DCI Gates (Lennie James, Low Winter Sun, The Walking Dead, Jericho), has much to hide in both his personal and professional lives. Broadcast in 2012 on BBC Two and Hulu, a second installment of the series has already been commissioned. The DVD 2-Disc set includes five episodes, plus 47 min. bonus interviews with the writer, directors, and cast and 10 min. of behind-the-scenes footage ($39.99, AcornOnline.com).

Detective Chief Inspector Tony Gates (Lennie James) is an exemplary cop. He’s got the best crime stats on the force and a loyal team working under him. But the head of the police anticorruption unit, Superintendent Ted Hastings (Adrian Dunbar, Ashes to Ashes), has his doubts about Gates. Is he really that good? And more importantly, is he really that clean? Hastings decides to find out and calls on a new arrival to his department, Detective Sergeant Steve Arnott (Martin Compston), to help him do it. As the net tightens around Gates, reputations are on the line—and lives are at risk. Guest stars include Vicky McClure (Broadchurch), Gina McKee (The Forsyte Saga), Kate Ashfield (Shaun of the Dead), Craig Parkinson (Misfits), and Neil Morrissey (Waterloo Road).

BONUS: Interviews with the writer, directors, and cast (47 min.) and behind-the-scenes footage (10 min.)

Street Date: Oct. 29, 2013                SRP: $39.99

DVD 2-Disc Set – 5 episodes - Approx. 305 min., plus bonus – SDH subtitles - UPC 054961210695

Contains coarse language and disturbing images


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