Line Of Duty – which is moving from BBC Two to BBC One – has tapped Thandie Newton (Rogue, The Slap) to play the new target of AC-12 in the show’s upcoming fourth season.
“I watched the last three seasons of Line of Duty with breathless admiration for its creators, both behind and in front of the camera”, Thandie Newton said in a statement. “I couldn’t be more thrilled to be joining them now.”
The shows’s fourth season focusses on DCI Roz Huntley (Newton) and her team, who are in the thick of a career-defining case: Operation Trapdoor. Under intense pressure to catch the culprit and prove herself to her superiors, and facing conflict with one of her colleagues, it’s not long before AC-12 decide to probe her handling of the investigation.
In addition to Thandie Newton, other new cast additions include Lee Ingleby (Our Zoo) as Nick, Roz’s husband; Jason Watkins (The Lost Honour Of Christopher Jefferies) as Tim Ifield, the forensic co-ordinator Roz is in conflict with; and Royce Pierreson (Death In Paradise) as DC Jamie Desford, the newest addition to AC-12. They join returning cast members Martin Compston as DS Steve Arnott, Vicky McClure as DS Kate Fleming, Adrian Dunbar as Superintendent Ted Hastings and Maya Sodhi as PC Maneet Bindra.
From Jed Mercurio, Line Of Duty follows police anti-corruption unit AC-12 and is produced by indie World Productions, with support from Northern Ireland Screen. Cait Collins is the series producer, while Jed Mercurio, Simon Heath and the BBC’s Stephen Wright are serving as executive producers. Alex Winckler (Crims) and John Strickland, who helmed the final three episodes of season three, are attached to direct. Production gets underway next month in Belfast, Northern Ireland for a 2017 premiere. A fifth season has already been commissioned.
“Thanks so much to the fans who’ve made Line of Duty such a success”, Mercurio said. “Thanks to the BBC for all their support in making the series. It’s incredibly flattering we’ve been able to attract such amazing talent as Thandie Newton, Jason Watkins and Lee Ingleby to join our brilliant regular cast of Martin Compston, Vicky McClure and Adrian Dunbar. We’re all looking forward to tormenting the nation with ever more diabolical plot twists!”