Created by Jed Mercurio and produced by World Productions, Line of Duty follows anti-corruption unit AC-12 as the carry out a multi-stranded investigation into the conduct of police officers over the course of five episodes. Lennie James, Martin Compston, Vicky McClure, Gina McKee, Neil Morrissey, Adrian Dunbar, Kate Ashfield, Craig Parkinson and Paul Higgins all starred in the show’s first season.
The five part drama series premiered to 3.35 million viewers, with last night’s finale attracting 3.2 million viewers. Over the course of it’s first season the series averaged 3.2 million viewers, making it BBC Two’s highest rated drama series in 7 years.
Speaking of the renewal, Ben Stephenson, Controller of BBC Drama, said: “Jed Mercurio and World Productions have realised a brilliant series for BBC Two with Line Of Duty that encapsulates my vision for bold, authored and utterly original drama on the channel.”
Janice Hadlow, Controller of BBC Two, commented: “I’m so pleased to have this brilliantly realised thriller on BBC Two; it is a wonderful addition to the channel’s rich landscape of drama. With fantastic writing from Jed Mercurio, great characterisation, tightly plotted detail and riveting performances from a stand out cast, I’m thrilled that this complex, contemporary drama has captured the imagination of such a loyal and appreciative audience.”
While Simon Heath, executive producer for World Productions, added: “It’s a privilege to be working with Jed again on a second series of Line Of Duty, following AC12 on a new and controversial anti-corruption investigation.”
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