The series proved to be the biggest new drama for 10 years on BBC Two, averaging 4.2 million viewers. Written by Jed Mercurio, series two features a new police corruption story told over six one-hour episodes.
Actress Keeley Hawes who plays Lindsay says: “I’m thrilled to be joining the cast of Line Of Duty and after reading Jed’s incredible scripts I can’t wait to take my character, DI Lindsay Denton, on the epic journey he has created for her. I loved the first series so it’s a real pleasure to be part of series two and working alongside such talented actors like Vicky McClure, Martin Compston and Robert Lindsay.”
The series opens explosively with the ambush of a police convoy in which three police officers are killed and a protected witness seriously injured. The sole surviving police officer is Detective Inspector Lindsay Denton. Deputy Chief Constable Mike Dryden, played by Robert Lindsay, takes personal charge, assigning AC-12 to the case.
Initially AC-12’s most valuable witness, the suspicion soon arises that DI Denton could be their prime suspect.
Janice Hadlow, Controller of BBC Two, says: “Drama on BBC Two continues to enjoy an incredible resurgence and I’m delighted that Line Of Duty, one of the channel’s biggest hits last year, is returning, attracting a stellar cast to what promises to be another riveting thriller from Jed Mercurio.”
Filming starts in Belfast later this month.