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'Line Of Duty' Season Five Returns To BBC Later This Month

Emma Rosemurgey

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'Line Of Duty' Season Five Returns To BBC Later This Month

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Line of Duty will return to our screens on Sunday 31st March, the BBC has revealed.

The hit police drama is set to come back for a fifth season and will air on BBC One and BBC iPlayer.


Season five was officially confirmed in a tweet from the BBC's flagship channel: "The fans have already called it. Confirming for the record, #LineOfDuty Series 5 starts on Sunday 31st March on BBC One and BBC iPlayer."

Line of Duty stars Martin Compston, Vicky McClure and Aidan Dunbar and this season will see the addition of This Is England star Steven Graham.

Alongside those guys, Maneet Bindra, Polly Walker, Andrea Irvine and Aiysha Hart are also down to return for the latest instalment.

This series is going to be slightly different to the others, in that the format is changing. Whereas they've previously focused on one rogue corrupt police officer, this time our heroes' AC-12 unit have a many-headed beast to slay.

Creator Jed Mercutio recently told Pilot TV magazine how the new series will see the officers hunting down an 'organised crime group' this time.

He told the publication: "That is the fresh ground that we break in the series.

"That we've had these shadowy figures, 'the Balaclava Men', who are part of an organised crime group and have featured on and off all through the previous four seasons. But we've never really gone behind the mask and identified them as proper characters and found out about them.

"That was something that we felt was overdue and so in this season, rather than the customary approach, which is we present a police officer who is involved in a case, and that for whatever reasons there are allegations of corruption which AC-12 investigate, we are looking at this organised crime group who clearly, it's been established in the past, function to a certain extent through relationships with corrupt police officers."

He continued: "So, rather than looking at the corrupt police offers this time, we're looking at the other side of the coin, which is the [organised crime group]."

Line of Duty returns to BBC One on 31st March.

Topics: BBC, TV News, TV Entertainment, Line of Duty

Emma Rosemurgey
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