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Line of Duty Series 4 to begin filming

Date Posted: August 25, 2016

Filming begins in Northern Ireland this month on Line of Duty series 4. Written by Jed Mercurio, this series sees AC-12 in the thick of a career-defining case, Operation Trapdoor. Produced by World Productions Line of Duty received funding from the Northern Ireland Screen Fund supported by Invest NI.

Actress Thandie Newton (Westworld, Crash) will guest star in the fourth series of Jed Mercurio’s hit drama with cast members Martin Compston, Vicky McClure and Adrian Dunbar returning.

Newton will take on the role of new AC-12 antagonist DCI Roz Huntley. Under intense pressure to catch the culprit and prove herself to her superiors, and facing conflict with her colleague, Forensic Coordinator Tim Ifield (Jason Watkins – Love Nina, The Lost Honour Of Christopher Jefferies), it’s not long before AC-12 decide to probe her handling of the investigation. A mother of two and wife to husband Nick, (Lee Ingleby – The A Word, Our Zoo), Roz will do anything to stop her life unravelling.

Determined to uncover the truth, Detective Sergeant Steve Arnott (Martin Compston), Detective Sergeant Kate Fleming (Vicky McClure) and Superintendent Ted Hastings (Adrian Dunbar) must work together to tackle their most devious opponent yet. They are aided by PC Maneet Bindra (Maya Sondhi) and newcomer Detective Constable Jamie Desford (Royce Pierreson).

Speaking about the role, Thandie Newton says: “I watched the last three seasons of Line of Duty with breathless admiration for its creators, both behind and in front of the camera. I couldn’t be more thrilled to be joining them now.”

The award-winning series moved to BBC One after its huge success since launching on BBC Two in 2012. This third series was the highest-rating BBC Two drama series ever since current measuring system began in 2002, with a series consolidated average of 5.1 million. The exhilarating 90-minute finale consolidated at 5.6 million.

Produced by Cait Collins, Alex Winckler will direct episodes one to three and John Strickland episodes four to six. The executive producers are Jed Mercurio and Simon Heath for World Productions, and Stephen Wright for BBC Northern Ireland.

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