ITV Studios to distribute the sixth season of multi award-winning Line of Duty
ITV Studios to distribute the sixth season of Jed Mercurio and World Productions’ multi award-winning Line of Duty
ITV Studios is the new international home of the upcoming sixth season of the hit police drama, Line of Duty created by Jed Mercurio and produced by World Productions.
Currently in production, although paused during lockdown, Kelly McDonald (Trainspotting, Boardwalk Empire, Giri/Haji) guest stars in a new leading role as Detective Chief Inspector Joanne Davidson – a senior investigating officer on an unsolved murder, whose unconventional conduct raises suspicions at AC-12. Series leads Vicky McClure, Martin Compston and Adrian Dunbar will all return.
Jed Mercurio, Creator and Writer of Line of Duty said:
“Everyone involved in Line of Duty will be delighted that the series will be available to our many loyal fans around the world.”
Ruth Berry, Managing Director, Global Distribution at ITV Studios, said:
“I’m so pleased that we can take the upcoming season of the hugely addictive and hotly anticipated Line of Duty series to market. It’s a formidable show that has grown from strength to strength and really is ‘must-see’ drama. We are thrilled to represent another Jed Mercurio and World Productions masterpiece on the global stage.”
The news comes hot on the heels of ITV Studios’ announcement of a raft of international second window sales for another series created by Jed Mercurio and produced by World Productions, the Golden Globe® and BAFTA® award-winning Bodyguard. ITV Studios is also in pre-sale talks with a number of buyers for the up-coming, adrenaline-fuelled new thriller, Vigil, starring Surrane Jones (Gentleman Jack, Doctor Foster) Rose Leslie (Game of Thrones, The Good Fight) and Shaun Evans (Endeavour, Whitechapel).
Line of Duty is the winner of 12 prestigious awards including Best Drama Series from the Royal Television Society and Broadcasting Press Guild Award, and has been nominated for a further 32. It has been named as one of the Top 50 BBC Two shows of all-time and one of the 80 best BBC shows of all time.*
The sixth instalment of the hit thriller is set a year and a half on from the events of series five, and will feature a brand new case for AC-12, focused on an enigmatic Detective Chief Inspector (Kelly McDonald).
Also joining Line Of Duty for the first time this season are Shalom Brune-Franklin (Our Girl, Cursed), Perry Fitzpatrick (This Is England, I Am Nicola), Andi Osho (Kiri, Curfew) and Prasanna Puwanarajah (Doctor Foster, Patrick Melrose).
Line Of Duty is written and created by Jed Mercurio, and made for BBC One by World Productions. The new series will be directed by Daniel Nettheim (Broadchurch, Doctor Who), Gareth Bryn (Hinterland, Last Tango In Halifax), and Jennie Darnell (Bodyguard, Hetty Feather), and the producer is Ken Horn (The Moorside, Line of Duty series five). Executive producers are Jed Mercurio, Simon Heath for World Productions, and Tommy Bulfin for BBC One.
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About Line of Duty TV Show
This hard-hitting thriller series explores the world of police corruption. When a counterterrorism raid goes tragically wrong, Detective Sergeant Steve Arnott refuses to participate in a cover-up. Ostracised by colleagues, he transfers to an anti-corruption unit, AC-12, led by Superintendent Ted Hastings.
AC-12 is in the process of investigating one of the force’s most respected officers, Detective Chief Inspector Tony Gates. Not only has Gates just been awarded his regional force’s Officer of the Year commendation, his squad has returned the best crime figures for three consecutive years. Hastings is convinced that no one can be that good. Uncomfortable in his new role, Arnott initially questions the whole enterprise - but Hastings is convinced that no-one achieves those results by wholly legitimate means.
But Gates’ secret is something altogether unexpected. Appearing to be a devoted family man, he is conducting a passionate affair with an old flame, Jackie Laverty. When Jackie implores him to help cover up a minor traffic offence, Gates reluctantly agrees.
Gates’ squad, TO-20, is nicknamed 'the big, sexy crime unit' and includes Detective Sergeant Matt 'Dot' Cottan, Detective Constable Nigel Morton and Detective Constable Deepak Kapoor. Under pressure to have a more gender-balanced team, Gates agrees to give Detective Constable Kate Fleming a trial on TO-20. A talented detective, Kate soon wins Gates’ approval - and then starts winning his trust.
When Arnott delves into Gates’ case files, Gates is confident of seeing off the investigation. But that’s before he realises that Jackie’s minor traffic offence may have been something altogether more serious.
DCI Tony Gates is played by Lennie James, DS Steve Arnott by Martin Compston, DC Kate Fleming by Vicky McClure, Jackie Laverty by Gina McKee, Superintendent Ted Hastings by Adrian Dunbar, DS Matt 'Dot' Cottan by Craig Parkinson, DC Nigel Morton by Neil Morrissey and DC Deepak Kapoor by Faraz Ayub.
Line of Duty is written and created by Jed Mercurio, and made for BBC One by World Productions. The new series is directed by Daniel Nettheim, Gareth Bryn, and Jennie Darnell, and the producer is Ken Horn. Executive producers are Jed Mercurio, Simon Heath for World Productions, and Tommy Bulfin for BBC One. International distribution of the sixth series of Line of Duty is handled by ITV Studios.Keep track of the cancel/renew status of all your favorite TV shows. Discover and bookmark our cancelled shows 2021 list and renewed shows 2021-2022 database.
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