TV REVIEW: Line of Duty – Season 2

A couple of years after the DI Gates controversy, AC-12 has moved on and Dot Cottan (Craig Parkinson) is now the team’s DI. When a protected witness is killed in an explosion during a transfer, it initially seems like a confusing mistake but as DS Arnott (Martin Compston) and DC Fleming (Kate McClure) start to look at the circumstances surrounding the incident, suspicion is cast on Missing Persons DI Lindsay Denton (Keeley Hawes) who was driving the vehicle.

Denton is adamant she has been set up, but is the conspiracy real and how far up does it go? Meanwhile Fleming’s home life is disintegrating and Hasting’s (Adrian Dunbar) is fighting to hang onto his marriage after a questionable decision.

While watching this I have never been more confused… and in a good way. At every turn I had to reassess what I knew so far and try to unpick the meaning of various events. A lot of this has to do with Keeley Hawes’ portrayal of Lindsay Denton. She is an absolutely fascinating character. She is intelligent, ruthless, manipulative and largely unlikeable. At the same time there is something pitiable about her and her obvious isolation. She both repulsed me and drew me in and I cannot imagine anyone other than Hawes playing the character.

The audience’s struggle to pick sides is reflected in Arnott’s own confusion when it comes to his dealings with Lindsay and whether she is guilty of some, all or none of the things she has been accused of and just how much she’s hiding.

Compston and Dunbar are once again excellent but McClure really comes into her own in this series. She is given some major moral issues to wrestle with and watching her attempt to bury herself in her work when everything else is a mess shows both her strength and vulnerability. Cottan also becomes a more prominent character and Parkinson is very successful at making him loathsome but strangely alluring. 

I have been purposefully vague at the plot of this season because the less you know, the more you’ll enjoy the series of shocking reveals as the conspiracy unfolds. There is a strong link back to season one, which gives the story weight and makes it that much more compelling.

I didn’t think it was possible, but season 2 is even better than season 3. You won’t be able to stop bingeing. 



  1. I am with you 100% with this one, Abbi. One of the best TV dramas ever, in my opinion.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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