Line of Duty cast and new addition Thandie Newton prepare to start filming fourth series in Belfast
Filming of the fourth series of hit police drama Line of Duty is set to begin in Belfast next month with a new cast and a brand new case.
The BBC show follows a team of anti-corruption police officers in the AC-12 unit as they investigate their colleagues in the force.
This third series was the highest-rating BBC Two drama series ever since current measuring system began in 2002, with a series consolidated average of 5.1 million and over 5.6 million people watching the final.
Following the success, it will move to BBC one for the fourth series, which will be made up of six episodes.
Thandie Newton will take on the role of new AC-12 antagonist, DCI Roz Huntley.
The new series, written and created by Jed Mercurio and made by World Productions for BBC One, begins with Roz and her team in the thick of a career defining case, Operation Trapdoor.
Under intense pressure to catch the culprit and prove herself to her superiors, and facing conflict with her colleague, Forensic Coordinator Tim Ifield, played by Jason Watkins , it’s not long before AC-12 decide to probe her handling of the investigation.
Detective Sergeant Steve Arnott, Detective Sergeant Kate Fleming and Superintendent Ted Hastings return to our screens aided by PC Maneet Bindra and newcomer Detective Constable Jamie Desford.
Speaking about the role, Thandie Newton said: “I watched the last three seasons of Line of Duty with breathless admiration for its creators, both behind and in front of the camera. I couldn't be more thrilled to be joining them now.”
Vicky McClure, who plays Kate Fleming, added: “Such exciting news to have Thandie on board. I’m really looking forward to working with her and getting back to Belfast with the team.”
On returning to the series, Martin Compston, who plays Steve Arnott says: “I’m delighted to be heading back to Belfast with the rest of the AC-12 cast and I’m looking forward to once again trying to do justice to the fantastic scripts Jed Mercurio has written.
“It's a testament to how well Line of Duty has done last few years that we can attract someone of Thandie Newton’s calibre to the show. It’s great to have her on board.”
“I am thrilled and excited about the new series, as we get the team together for another heart stopping journey with AC-12. It’s going to be great seeing old friends and making some new ones.” Enniskillen-born Adrian Dunbar who plays Ted Hastings said.
Creator, writer and Executive Producer Jed Mercurio said: “Thanks so much to the fans who've made Line of Duty such a success. Thanks to the BBC for all their support in making the series.
"It's incredibly flattering we've been able to attract such amazing talent as Thandie Newton, Jason Watkins and Lee Ingleby to join our brilliant regular cast of Martin Compston, Vicky McClure and Adrian Dunbar. We're all looking forward to tormenting the nation with ever more diabolical plot twists.”