AC-12 are being assigned another two cases.
BBC Two has renewed their critically acclaimed, if ratings challenged, drama series Line of Duty for a further two seasons, the show’s third and fourth. Both seasons will consist of six episodes and will again be written by series creator Jed Mercurio, who more recently has been working on a real-time medical drama for Sky1 titled Critical.
The renewal of the drama, which follows Police anti-corruption unit AC-12 and stars Martin Compston and Adrian Dunbar, had been expected for some time and follows what was an almost universally acclaimed season, with critics praising the performances of Keeley Hawes and Mark Bonnar. The ratings were slightly down on season one with an average audience of 3.4 million viewers, however, they were still up on the slot average leading to today’s recommission.
“We’re profoundly grateful to the fans who not only watched Line Of Duty but also made it such a talking point, and to BBC Two for this rare and immensely flattering opportunity”, said Mercurio. “For series three and four, I can promise two explosive new cases for AC-12, new guest stars as police officers investigated for corruption, further twists and turns from the loose ends of series two, and maybe even some surprise reappearances…”
Ben Stephenson, the BBC’s Controller of Drama Commissioning, commented: “Line Of Duty shows what the reinvestment of money in drama on BBC Two has achieved – unique, powerful and gripping drama that gets the nation talking. Bringing it back for two more years is the easiest decision I have made. The only thing to expect from the show is the unexpected so I’m excited to see where next twists and turns take the series.”
While Executive Producer Simon Heath added: “We’re delighted with the fantastic response to Line Of Duty and the commission of two further series. It’s a great chance to go deeper into the murky world of AC-12 and testament to the creative collaboration between Jed, World and the BBC.”