Keeley Hawes (Spooks), Robert Lindsay (Spy) and Jessica Raine (Call The Midwife) have joined the cast of BBC Two’s ratings hit Line of Duty for its second season. Keeley Hawes has been cast as Detective Inspector Lindsay Denton, a police officer at the center of AC-12’s new investigation; Robert Lindsay as Deputy Chief Constable Mike Dryden, the second in command of the Police force; and Jessica Raine as Detective Constable Georgia Trotman, the newest member of AC-12.
They will be joined on the series by returning cast members Martin Compston, Vicky McClure and Adrian Dunbar. In addition, BBC Two has also announced that the size of the order for season two has increased to six episodes, up from the five initially announced by BBC Two last July. Production on the show’s second season is set to commence in Belfast later this month.
Created by Jed Mercurio, Line of Duty follows anti-corruption unit AC-12 as the carry out a multi-stranded investigation into the conduct of police officers. The drama series is produced by World Productions, with Peter Norris serving as the series producer. Douglas MacKinnon and Daniel Nettheim are directing.
The show’s second season opens with the ambush of a police convoy in which three police officers are killed and a protected witness is seriously injured. The sole surviving police officer is Detective Inspector Lindsay Denton (Keeley Hawes). Deputy Chief Constable Mike Dryden (Robert Lindsay) takes personal charge, assigning AC-12 to the case. Detective Sergeant Steve Arnott (Martin Compston), Detective Constable Kate Fleming (Vicky McClure) and Superintendent Ted Hastings (Adrian Dunbar) are joined by newly-appointed Detective Constable Georgia Trotman (Jessica Raine) to investigate a complex case rich in unexpected twists and turns. Initially AC-12’s most valuable witness, the suspicion soon arises that DI Denton could be their prime suspect.
Speaking of joining the cast, Keeley Hawes said: “I’m thrilled to be joining the cast of Line of Duty and after reading Jed’s incredible scripts I can’t wait to take my character, DI Lindsay Denton, on the epic journey he has created for her. I loved the first series so it’s a real pleasure to be part of series two and working alongside such talented actors like Vicky McClure, Martin Compston and Robert Lindsay.”
Series Creator and Executive Producer, Jed Mercurio commented: “I was thrilled by the success of Series 1, and I’m hugely grateful for the opportunity to create another six hours of twists and turns as our returning investigators delve into a brand-new story of police corruption.”
Executive Producer Simon Heath said: “We’re delighted to be expanding the world of Line of Duty to include three such terrific actors in a brand new anti-corruption investigation.”
While BBC Two Controller Janice Hadlow added: “Drama on BBC Two continues to enjoy an incredible resurgence and I’m delighted that Line of Duty, one of the channel’s biggest hits last year, is returning, attracting a stellar cast to what promises to be another riveting thriller from Jed Mercurio.”