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Line of Duty: Series six opener attracts record 9.6m audience

 

Sunday's return of Line of Duty attracted the biggest audience in the BBC One police drama's history, according to overnight figures.

The opening episode of series six was watched by 9.6 million viewers.

That surpassed the show's previous record of 9.1 million for the finale of series five in 2019.

Critics largely praised the first episode, with The Guardian's Lucy Mangandescribing it as "just as good, if not better, than ever".

Giving it four stars out of five, she wrote: "The sixth series opens as strongly as ever.

"If it can hold to its successful formula without tipping into parody, if it can find its way back from the H debacle, and if it can weave its customarily masterful narrative spell without tying itself or us in knots - well, then we'll all be sucking diesel."

 

"On this early evidence, this year's offering has more in common with the show's early years," she wrote.

"The opening scenes were reminiscent of series two (the Keeley Hawes season, possibly the best of them all) as a call came into the station with some urgent information."

The exploits of the fictional AC-12 anti-corruption unit have gripped audiences ever since Jed Mercurio's drama first hit screens in 2012.

Vicky McClure (DI Kate Fleming), Martin Compston (DS Steve Arnott) and Adrian Dunbar (Superintendent Ted Hastings) all return, and are joined this year by Kelly Macdonald as DCI Joanne Davidson, who is leading the investigation into the murder of a TV journalist.

Singh continued: "Much of its success hangs on the performances of its guest stars like... Hawes and [Stephen] Graham, and the superb Lennie James in series one. It's too early to say if Kelly Macdonald will be among the greats; she has clearly been told to play Davidson as enigmatic. Mercurio... looks to have given Macdonald an intriguing backstory."

Adrian Dunbar as Superintendent Ted Hastings
image captionAdrian Dunbar plays Superintendent Ted Hastings and is loved by audiences for his turns of phrase

Ed Cumming, writing in the Independent, gave the episode five stars out of five. "The question is whether the show's any good. On the evidence of this frenetic, nerve-jangling opener: yes," he wrote.

"After the more outlandish conspiratorial shenanigans of series five, the first episode of series six returns to what Line of Duty does best: dodgy coppers, tense action and characters who communicate almost exclusively in acronyms."

He welcomed the arrival of Macdonald, who has previously starred in Trainspotting, Gosford Park and Giri/Haji. "With her signature mix of sweetness and guile, Macdonald is smart casting for a role that will no doubt toy with our sympathies."

But Carol Midgley, writing in The Times, was less enamoured and could only muster two stars.

'Wilfully turgid'

"As a fan girl, it grieves me to sound like a disappointed bride on her wedding night. But... was that it?" she wrote. "Am I missing something or was last night's opener wilfully turgid? It rarely moved out of second gear.

"Obviously the weight of all those acronyms made it stagger somewhat but that's normal; it's the signature self-parodic in-joke. But where was the blow-you-away plot twist?"

She wrote: "Opening with a nerve-shredding set piece, an enigmatic central character and a fusillade of acronyms and police-speak (who or what is a chis? What's the PNC? Is 1A on the matrix good or bad? I have precisely no idea, and that's part of the fun), this had all the hallmarks of a classic Line of Duty opener, but never felt like a case of bent coppers-by-numbers.

"In the best way, it recalled the first episode of the show's superlative second series: could Macdonald's intriguing, softly-spoken Davidson become an anti-hero to rival Keeley Hawes' Lindsay Denton?"

Fans of the show - including BBC Breakfast's Dan Walker and Pointless presenter Richard Osman - joked about the use of acronyms.

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Not me neither, but I have been recording it on BBC.

I have no idea of the series that I have, usuallly I wait until it's all done, then I will binge watch them!

Just checked and I have 6 episodes of 6 so will catch up with them soon!

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CHIS (covert human intelligence source)

MIT (murder investigation team)

PNC (police national computer)

TA (tactical advisor).

DC – Detective Constable (cops who have passed their detective exams get a “D” instead of “P” before their rank)

DS – Detective Sergeant

DI – Detective Inspector

DCI – Detective Chief Inspector

Det Supt – Detective Superintendent

DCS – Detective Chief Superintendent

ACC – Assistant Chief Constable

DCC – Deputy Chief Constable

CC – Chief Constable

AC-12 – Anti-Corruption Unit 12 

ARU – Armed Response Unit 

ARV – Armed Response Vehicle 

B&E – Breaking and entering 

Blue-on-blue – The accidental shooting/injury of an officer by another police officer 

CID – Criminal Investigation Department 

CIS – Crime Information System 

CPS – Crown Prosecution Service 

D&D – Drunk and Disorderly

DIR – Digital Interview Recorder 

DPS – Directorate of Professional Standards 

DVU – Domestic Violence Unit 

ED905 - arbitrary code which represents heroin in season five 

GBH – Grievous Bodily Harm 

IC – Identification Codes 

IC9 – Unknown 

ID – Identification 

IRTC – Injury Road Traffic Collision 

IRV – Incident Response Vehicle Job – A crime, especially a robbery 

LEO – Local Enforcement Officer 

LIO – Local Intelligence Officer 

MIT – Major incident team 

MoPI - Management of Police Information 

NCPA – No Cause for Police Action 

NCS – National Crime Squad 

NDIU – National Drugs Intelligence Unit 

NOK – Next Of Kin 

OCG – Organised Crime Group 

OBBO – Observation 

OP – Observation Point 

PCSO – Police Community Support Officer 

RCU – Road Crime Unit

Reg 15 – Regulation 15 notices tells officers that a complaint has been made against them 

RTA – Road Traffic Accident 

RTC – Road Traffic Collision 

SCD – Specialist Crime Directorate 

SCG – Serious Crime Group 

SO – Specialist Operations 

SOCA – Serious and Organised Crime Agency 

Sitrep - Situation Report 

TC – Traffic Collision 

TFU – Tactical Firearms Unit 

TOA – Time of Arrival 

TWOC – Taking (a vehicle) Without Owner’s Consent 

UCO – Under Cover Of 

VSS – Victim Support Scheme

 

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10 hours ago, john luke said:

CHIS (covert human intelligence source)

MIT (murder investigation team)

PNC (police national computer)

TA (tactical advisor).

DC – Detective Constable (cops who have passed their detective exams get a “D” instead of “P” before their rank)

DS – Detective Sergeant

DI – Detective Inspector

DCI – Detective Chief Inspector

Det Supt – Detective Superintendent

DCS – Detective Chief Superintendent

ACC – Assistant Chief Constable

DCC – Deputy Chief Constable

CC – Chief Constable

AC-12 – Anti-Corruption Unit 12 

ARU – Armed Response Unit 

ARV – Armed Response Vehicle 

B&E – Breaking and entering 

Blue-on-blue – The accidental shooting/injury of an officer by another police officer 

CID – Criminal Investigation Department 

CIS – Crime Information System 

CPS – Crown Prosecution Service 

D&D – Drunk and Disorderly

DIR – Digital Interview Recorder 

DPS – Directorate of Professional Standards 

DVU – Domestic Violence Unit 

ED905 - arbitrary code which represents heroin in season five 

GBH – Grievous Bodily Harm 

IC – Identification Codes 

IC9 – Unknown 

ID – Identification 

IRTC – Injury Road Traffic Collision 

IRV – Incident Response Vehicle Job – A crime, especially a robbery 

LEO – Local Enforcement Officer 

LIO – Local Intelligence Officer 

MIT – Major incident team 

MoPI - Management of Police Information 

NCPA – No Cause for Police Action 

NCS – National Crime Squad 

NDIU – National Drugs Intelligence Unit 

NOK – Next Of Kin 

OCG – Organised Crime Group 

OBBO – Observation 

OP – Observation Point 

PCSO – Police Community Support Officer 

RCU – Road Crime Unit

Reg 15 – Regulation 15 notices tells officers that a complaint has been made against them 

RTA – Road Traffic Accident 

RTC – Road Traffic Collision 

SCD – Specialist Crime Directorate 

SCG – Serious Crime Group 

SO – Specialist Operations 

SOCA – Serious and Organised Crime Agency 

Sitrep - Situation Report 

TC – Traffic Collision 

TFU – Tactical Firearms Unit 

TOA – Time of Arrival 

TWOC – Taking (a vehicle) Without Owner’s Consent 

UCO – Under Cover Of 

VSS – Victim Support Scheme

 

BLM ???

 

Means Bit Late Mate in North London not sure about elsewhere ....

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42 minutes ago, Lemondropkid said:

Yep still watching and loving it. Was late to the party, and watched the first 4 series on catch up.

Brilliant stuff.

I just finished watching all the previous series on catchup.

Now I have season 6 to watch.

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21 minutes ago, Butch said:

This is one on my binge watch list, something I can watch when the rest of the family are in bed, so please guys, no "spoilers"!!

 

Watch them from the start, each series has been quite compelling and do relate to the next.

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I am fully caught up and recording tonights program to watch after the snooker, so will be ignoring this thread after this post, don't want any spoilers.

My guess is that H won't be found tonight, leaving many questions for the next series.

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21 minutes ago, boydeste said:

I am fully caught up and recording tonights program to watch after the snooker, so will be ignoring this thread after this post, don't want any spoilers.

My guess is that H won't be found tonight, leaving many questions for the next series.

I'm just starting on S1 ....

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