EXCLUSIVE: BBC Two’s drama series Line of Duty – which was just recently forced to recast a key role for season 2, with Robert Lindsay exiting the series and Mark Bonnar now assuming the role – has booked a pair of guest stars for its six episode second season, which is currently in production in Northern Ireland. According to my sources, both Claire Hackett (Holby City) and Steve Toussaint (Doctors) have landed roles on the show. Created by Jed Mercurio, Line of Duty follows anti-corruption unit AC-12 as they carry out a multi-stranded investigation into the conduct of police officers. 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 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. The drama series is produced by World Productions, with Peter Norris serving as the series producer. Douglas MacKinnon and Daniel Nettheim are directing.
BBC One’s Sherlock has also added two guest stars to its roster for its upcoming third season, which is currently in production. I hear that both relative newcomer Ritu Arya and Wendy Wason (Stella) have landed and filmed guest spots on season 3’s second episode The Sign of Three, which was directed by Colm McCarthy. Based on the works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Sherlock was developed for television by Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss and is described as a modern take on the Holmes stories. The drama series focusses on Holmes and Watson as they consult on cases, usually for the Metropolitan Police Service. Sherlock is produced by Hartswood Films and stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Mark Gatiss, Rupert Graves and Una Stubbs. The show’s third season, which again comprises 3 feature length episodes, is currently on a scheduled production hiatus, with filming on the final episode expected to commence in late June/early July.
Finally, Sky1’s upcoming firefighter drama series The Smoke has added a number of guest stars. I’ve learned that Sophie Stanton (Mayday), Dorian Lough (Mrs Biggs) and David Walmsley (In The Flesh) have all landed roles of the show’s 8 episode first season. They join Amit Shah (Bluestone 42), Sarah Hoare (Pramface) and Madeline Duggan (Silent Witness) whom, as TVWise previously reported, have also filmed guest roles on the series. Created by Lucy Kirkwood, The Smoke follows a family of firemen and women who, no matter what, always have each other to fall back on. But being a hero isn’t easy, especially in a world that regularly disregards them, and it certainly doesn’t pay. Many crew members are forced to hold down other jobs on the side, taking some of them into the city’s after dark world. The stakes are high but, in The Smoke, it’s the very lives and souls of the White Watch crew that are at risk. Kudos Film & TV is producing the series which stars Jamie Bamber, Rhashan Stone, Pippa Bennett-Warner, Jodie Whitaker, Gerard Kearns and Taron Egerton, Mike Barker and Sam Donovan are directing