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List of Line of Duty episodes

Line of Duty is a British BBC police procedural television series created by Jed Mercurio. The premiere was on BBC Two on 26 June 2012 and moved to BBC One on 26 March 2017 for the fourth series. The story is about the Anti-Corruption Unit 12 (AC-12) led by Superintendent Ted Hastings (Adrian Dunbar) and set within the fictional Central Police Force. It focuses on the activities of two senior AC-12 officers, Detective Sergeant Steve Arnott (Martin Compston) and Detective Inspector Kate Fleming (Vicky McClure).

As the five series progress, it is revealed that the force contains a network of corrupt officers with links to an organised crime group (OCG).

Series overviewEdit

SeriesEpisodesOriginally airedAverage viewership
(in millions)[note 1]
First airedLast airedNetwork
1526 June 2012 (2012-06-26)24 July 2012 (2012-07-24)BBC Two3.80
2612 February 2014 (2014-02-12)19 March 2014 (2014-03-19)3.43
3624 March 2016 (2016-03-24)28 April 2016 (2016-04-28)5.42
4626 March 2017 (2017-03-26)30 April 2017 (2017-04-30)BBC One9.55
5631 March 2019 (2019-03-31)5 May 2019 (2019-05-05)12.85
  1. ^ Series 1-2 based on 7 day data. Series 3-4 based on 28 day data.

Series 1 (2012)Edit

No. overall No. in series Title[1] Directed by Original air date UK viewers
(million)[2]
11"A Disastrous Affair"David Caffrey26 June 2012 (2012-06-26)3.76
22"The Assault"David Caffrey3 July 2012 (2012-07-03)3.84
33"In the Trap"David Caffrey10 July 2012 (2012-07-10)3.80
44"Terror"Douglas Mackinnon17 July 2012 (2012-07-17)3.87
55"The Probation"Douglas Mackinnon24 July 2012 (2012-07-24)3.72

Series 2 (2014)Edit

No. Overall No. in Series Title[3] Directed by Original air date UK viewers
(million)[2]
61"The Ambush"Douglas Mackinnon12 February 2014 (2014-02-12)2.74
72"Carly"Douglas Mackinnon19 February 2014 (2014-02-19)3.21
83"Behind Bars"Douglas Mackinnon26 February 2014 (2014-02-26)3.34
94"Blood Money"Daniel Nettheim5 March 2014 (2014-03-05)3.46
105"Last Words"Daniel Nettheim12 March 2014 (2014-03-12)3.73
116"The Caddy"Daniel Nettheim19 March 2014 (2014-03-19)4.12

Series 3 (2016)Edit

No. Overall No. in Series Title[4] Directed by Original air date UK viewer
(millions)[2]
121"Monsters"Michael Keillor24 March 2016 (2016-03-24)3.54
132"The Process"Michael Keillor31 March 2016 (2016-03-31)6.02
143"Snake Pit"Michael Keillor7 April 2016 (2016-04-07)5.73
154"Negative Pressure"John Strickland14 April 2016 (2016-04-14)5.55
165"The List"John Strickland21 April 2016 (2016-04-21)5.72
176"Breach"John Strickland28 April 2016 (2016-04-28)5.93

Series 4 (2017)Edit

No.
overall
No. in
series
TitleDirected byOriginal air dateUK viewers
(millions) [2]
181"In the Shadow of the Truth[5]"Jed Mercurio26 March 2017 (2017-03-26)9.21
192"Who Sows the Wind"Jed Mercurio2 April 2017 (2017-04-02)9.04
203"In the Trap"John Strickland9 April 2017 (2017-04-09)9.05
214"Moral Superiority"John Strickland16 April 2017 (2017-04-16)9.60
225"Lying Nest"John Strickland23 April 2017 (2017-04-23)9.98
236"Royal Hunting Ground"John Strickland30 April 2017 (2017-04-30)10.40

Series 5 (2019)Edit

No.
overall
No. in
series
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date [6]UK viewers
(millions) [7]
241"Episode 1"John StricklandJed Mercurio31 March 2019 (2019-03-31)[8]13.20
252"Episode 2"John StricklandJed Mercurio7 April 2019 (2019-04-07)12.43
263"Episode 3"John Strickland[9]Jed Mercurio[9]14 April 2019 (2019-04-14)12.59
274"Episode 4"John Strickland[10]Jed Mercurio[10]21 April 2019 (2019-04-21)12.34
285"Episode 5"Sue Tully[11]Jed Mercurio[11]28 April 2019 (2019-04-28)12.91
296"Episode 6"Sue Tully[11]Jed Mercurio[11]5 May 2019 (2019-05-05)13.67

Series 6Edit

In May 2017, the BBC commissioned a sixth series.[12]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Line of Duty - Cops unter Verdacht - Season 1". Amazon.de. Retrieved 2 May 2017 – via Amazon.
  2. ^ a b c d "Top 30 Programmes". Broadcasters' Audience Research Board. Retrieved 8 February 2014. (User must select "BBC1" in the Channel field and then select the appropriate year, month and week to retrieve the figure for each episode)
  3. ^ "Line of Duty - Cops unter Verdacht - Season 2". Amazon.de. Retrieved 2 May 2017 – via Amazon.
  4. ^ "Line of Duty - Cops unter Verdacht - Series 3". Amazon.de. Retrieved 2 May 2017 – via Amazon.
  5. ^ "Line of Duty - Cops unter Verdacht - Season 4". Amazon.de. Retrieved 25 April 2019 – via Amazon.
  6. ^ "Line of Duty – Listings". Next Episode. Retrieved 31 March 2019.
  7. ^ "Four-screen dashboard BARB". Retrieved 8 April 2019.
  8. ^ "Line of Duty - BBC Series 5". BBC. Retrieved 31 March 2019.
  9. ^ a b "BBC One - Line of Duty, Series 5, Episode 3". BBC. Retrieved 8 April 2019.
  10. ^ a b "BBC One - Line of Duty, Series 5, Episode 4". BBC. Retrieved 16 April 2019.
  11. ^ a b c d "BBC One - Line of Duty, Series 5, Episode 5". BBC. Retrieved 16 April 2019.
  12. ^ "Line of Duty back for a sixth series". bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 6 May 2017.