The wait is almost over.
After 2 years, Line of Duty is back and it’s “certainly the scariest” season yet, states Martin Compston, who plays DI Steve Arnott.
The Guardian stated it was “ more like being abducted by TELEVISION than seeing it “.
Line of Duty’s plots are unforeseeable to state the least, and there were gasps from the audience throughout a current screening of season 5’s opening episode.
Compston and co-stars Vicky McClure and Adrian Dunbar take care not to drop any plot spoilers, so we will do the same.
However, if you do not wish to discover what occurred in previous series of Line of Duty, look away now .
The trailer for the very first episode exposes that 3 policemans have actually been killed in a hijack by armed guys using balaclavas. McClure’s character, DI Kate Fleming, states the hijack “needed a cops expert”.
The last episode of series 4 cast suspicion over Dunbar’s Superintendent Ted Hastings for the very first time. Is he as clean-cut as he appears? Duplicitous WPC Maneet Bindra is likewise back.
Much has actually been made from the identity of “Balaclava Man”, the ringleader of the criminal gang believed of dealing with a corrupt, top-level policeman called H.
Balaclava Man, aka gang leader John Corbett, is played by visitor star Stephen Graham, whose previous work includes This Is England and Pirates of the Caribbean.
“He’s the most hazardous man we’ve met without a doubt,” states Compston.
“Stephen’s a force of nature as a star, and it was fantastic having him on set, since it raises our video game when he’s on.
“He’s truly frightening,” he includes. “Bullets will fly.”
The brand-new series sees a switch for AC-12.
“Usually the AC-12 remit is pursuing bent polices, however we’ve been chasing this legendary character H and we’re not getting any luck, so we’re altering tack,” states Compston.
“We’re really pursuing the criminal gang who the police officers have actually remained in league with, so we’re visiting behind the balaclava. The levels of threat are ramped right up.”
Off-set, Graham is terrific pals with both Compston and McClure.
“He’s a powerhouse,” states McClure of Graham, who calls the star “among my finest mates”.
When Graham is on set, McClure continues, “all of us need to pull our socks up.” She’s unfortunate she didn’t get to work with him more.
“There’s not a lot with me and him in this,” she states.
The friendship in between McClure, Compston and Dunbar is palpable, and McClure misses them when they’re not shooting. “I get actually psychological,” she states. “I like these 2 men.”
‘Panic’ over script contents
The stars reside in adjacent flats in Belfast when they are shooting the program, with Dunbar exposing they have actually “designated spaces”.
Lines are discovered in McClure’s flat, meals are consumed in his, while Compston’s is the “celebration flat with all the alcohol”.
McClure states Jed Mercurio’s scripts are frightening to open. “We all panic we’re getting exterminated,” she admits.
Mercurio – who likewise composed Bodyguard, the most seen BBC drama considering that 2008 – is understood for rubbing out characters when you least anticipate it.
Security surrounding the scripts is extremely high. (“Rightly so,” states Compston.) Nobody wishes to ruin the thriller for audiences.
Yet Dunbar is prepared to distribute a small nugget of info about Hastings, stating “there’s something happening with him” that “will be checked out”.
“His individual life remains in focus once again,” the star continues. “He’ll discover himself under examination.”
Dunbar didn’t understand till the last day of recording on series 4 that his character was going to be seen looking strangely shifty.
‘How attempt you!’
“Those chance ats completion of series 4 weren’t in the script,” he states. “Jed came on to direct that last bit and unexpectedly he put in those couple of shots.
“I believed, ‘what’s this he’s doing, why are we doing this?’ And after that I believed ‘Oh. My. God’.
“‘He’s provided himself a little springboard and he hasn’t informed us anything about it.’
“I simply believed, ‘you git – how attempt you!'” Dunbar chuckles. “‘We’ve simply gone through 6 episodes and you do this when we’re at completion.'”
Despite the program’s huge appeal, it appears fans more than happy to be kept in the dark.
Dunbar states the general public are “extremely odd with us. They generally show up and state ‘I enjoy the series however DON’T inform me anything.’
“People like to enjoy it in genuine time and after that speak about it the next day. Naturally there are individuals capturing up on it, however fans like the page-turny twists and they do not like to understand ahead of time.
“That’s what provides the program such reliability I believe.”
Rochenda Sandall is another visitor star on the program. The starlet, formerly viewed as policewomen in Coronation Street and Girlfriends, plays Lisa McQueen, Corbett’s 2nd in command.
Being on Line of Duty is “an overall dream come to life as a star”, she states. “It’s like an enormous household, we had such a laugh.”
Sandall exposes there is a “power battle” in between her character and Graham’s – which she too uses a balaclava.
Because of her hair, however, she had a “unique girl one to fit my barnet”.
Sandall states it’s “rather uncommon for a female to be because kind of work”, describing that her character “rose through the ranks” of the gang.
The program is so big there’s been talk of it going to the United States . Were that to occur, who would the stars like to be played by?
“I believe Richard Gere would be an excellent suitable for me,” states Dunbar without missing out on a beat. Compston selects Tom Cruise, “since of the height”.
McClure states she ‘d like to be played by “Jennifer, um I can’t remember her name …”
“Lopez,” recommends Dunbar. “You might call it Line of Booty.”
“To be reasonable, I have actually got a huge arse,” chuckles McClure. (She hasn’t.) “But Jennifer Lawrence is who I was thinking about.”
Despite the jokes, the program is a really severe service. While another series has actually been commissioned, Mercurio states he does not understand how long the drama will run.
“A lot depends upon how individuals react to it,” he states. “It’s got a life-span, so I’ll adjust that versus the audience reaction.”
His last words? “We like to shock.”
Line of Duty is on BBC One on 31 March at 21:00 BST. The very first episode of the Obsessed With … Line of Duty podcast will be readily available quickly on BBC Sounds, with more episodes readily available the day after each episode broadcasts.