Monday, July 13, 2020

100 Words: “Line of Duty” one of the best police procedurals ever


Looking for some riveting TV? Try this 2012 series (on Prime and Britbox). Seasons 1-4 (6 in all) are addictive with unending plot twists, complex characters, and a breakneck pace. Being based on real life usually doesn’t matter--except in this case it does because nobody could write like this without real-life insider knowledge--plus an incredibly devious mind. Not surprisingly, it’s based on real anti-corruption police units in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and anonymously advised by a real cop. The script is uncompromising and very smart. Masterful performances make you care about the people as much as unraveling the plot.

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