Lennie James Stars As 'Complex, Elusive Anti-Hero' In New BBC Drama Series Debuting Tonight

by Tambay A. Obenson
June 26, 2012 11:01 AM
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Announced last summer...

Lennie James stars in a new BBC Two police drama series, titled Line Of Duty – described as a hard-hitting, cat-and-mouse thriller which takes a probing look into modern policing, which James stars in as a charismatic but controversial copper.

Here's a full synopsis:

Following one multi-stranded investigation over five hours, Line Of Duty sees Detective Sergeant Steve Arnott (Martin Compston) transferred to AC-12, a fictional anti-corruption unit, after a mistaken shooting during a counter-terrorist operation. Alongside Detective Constable Kate Fleming (Vicky McClure), they are assigned to lead an investigation into the alleged corruption by a popular and successful officer, Detective Chief Inspector Tony Tate (Lennie James). While Tate cleverly manipulates his unit's figures, DS Arnott questions whether Tate's being made a scapegoat for a culture of institutionalised spin, or is guilty of darker corruption?

Creator of the show Jed Mercurio had this to add regarding James' role and the series' plot:

"Lennie James is electric as DCI Tony Tate, a complex and elusive anti-hero, and a formidable antagonist for two of the most exciting young talents in British TV – Martin Compston and Vicky McClure – who play the relentless anti-corruption officers on his trail. Twists and turns are added by a star-studded cast including Gina McKee, Neil Morrissey, Adrian Dunbar, Kate Ashfield, Craig Parkinson and Paul Higgins."

Line Of Duty started is done with production and will make its official debut on BBC2 today, June 26, at 9pm.

Maybe it'll eventually be picked up by BBC America, and those of us here in the USA will get a chance to see it... maybe not.

For those in the UK, tune in tonight at 9. 

Trailer below:

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  • Mitchell | June 26, 2012 11:30 AMReply

    Sounds like it could be the successor to the marvelous The Shadow Line. I can't wait.

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