Belfast Telegraph

Line Of Duty scores second series

TV bosses have ordered a second series of hit drama Line Of Duty after the police corruption tale became one of BBC2's biggest hits for years.

The series landed more than 3 million viewers on Tuesday who saw anti-hero Tony Gates - played by Lennie James - taking his own life in the finale.

The programme is the station's highest-viewed new drama series since 2005's Rome.

The series, written by Jed Mercurio, also starred Martin Compston and Vicky McClure as anti-corruption officers on Gates's tail.

BBC2 controller Janice Hadlow said: "It is a wonderful addition to the channel's rich landscape of drama.

"With fantastic writing from Jed Mercurio, great characterisation, tightly plotted detail and riveting performances from a stand-out cast, I'm thrilled that this complex, contemporary drama has captured the imagination of such a loyal and appreciative audience."

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