Telly Favourites #45

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Today we are continuing our series of posts featuring our favourite telly shows. As you all know, the bears love their telly and there is nothing they love more than finding a character they can love to love… or even love to hate. The bears don’t usually go for the clean-cut, heroic types they are more likely to identify with the slackers of society, people like Frank Gallagher, Jim Royle or Homer Simpson. They like programmes which are “off the wall” although occasionally they will enjoy serious drama if it is interesting and well written. Today, we are featuring

Line of Duty is a BBC police series created by Jed Mercurio and produced by World Productions. The first series premiered in 2012 and became BBC Two’s best-performing drama series in ten years with an audience of 4.1 million viewers. The second series broadcast began in February 2014; its widespread public and critical acclaim led to the BBC commissioning a further two series. The third series was broadcast in 2016 and the fourth the following year on BBC One. The fifth series was completed at the end of 2018 and broadcasting began on BBC One in March 2019.

In May 2017, the BBC had commissioned a sixth series. COVID-19 has caused filming to cease.

It is the most popular drama series broadcast on BBC Two in the multi-channel era and is a winner of the Royal Television Society Award and Broadcasting Press Guild Award for Best Drama Series. Line of Duty was included in a list of the Top 50 BBC Two shows of all-time and in a list of the 80 best BBC shows of all time. It ranked eighth in The Independent’s list of the twenty greatest police shows of all time and third in a Radio Times poll of the best British crime dramas of all time.

The show follows DS Steve Arnott, an authorised firearms officer, transferred to Anti-Corruption Unit 12 (AC-12) after refusing to agree to cover-up an unlawful shooting by his own team. At AC-12 Arnott is partnered with DC Kate Fleming, a highly-commended undercover officer with a keen investigative instinct. She is swiftly promoted to DS in series 4 and DI in series 5. They work under the supervision of Superintendent Ted Hastings, who is one of several Senior Investigating Officers, along with DCS Patricia Carmichael of AC-3 and those of AC-9 responsible for uncovering corruption within the police force. Throughout the series, AC-12 investigate seemingly disparate cases involving seemingly-corrupt police officers such as DCI Tony Gates, DI Lindsay Denton, Sergeant Danny Waldron, DCI Roseanne Huntley and undercover officer DS John Corbett. AC-12 realise the pervasive nature of corruption and the police’s deep-rooted links to an organised crime group.

The cast includes:

  • Martin Compston as Detective Sergeant Steve Arnott, a detective sergeant assigned to AC-12, the anti-corruption unit within Central Police. Previously, he served as a counter-terrorism officer. He transferred after he refused to collude with his colleagues following the fatal shooting of an innocent man.
  • Vicky McClure as Detective Inspector Kate Fleming, an undercover specialist. A consummate professional, Fleming is willing to investigate officers inside and outside AC-12. Initially a detective constable, she is promoted to detective sergeant at the end of the third series and to detective inspector following the fourth. Fleming is married with a son.
  • Adrian Dunbar as Superintendent Ted Hastings, the senior investigating officer of AC-12. He recruited Arnott, Fleming and Cottan. Once a member of the Royal Ulster Constabulary, it is revealed that Hastings is a Freemason.
  • Craig Parkinson as Detective Inspector Matthew “Dot” Cottan (series 1, 2 & 3), an AC-12 officer, initially introduced as a Sergeant on Tony Gates’ TO-20 team. At the beginning of series 2, he is promoted to detective inspector and transferred to AC-9. He is seconded to AC-12 by Hastings. Cottan is revealed to be “The Caddy”, working as a fixer for the organised crime group. He is killed at the close of the third series having escaped from AC-12 custody.
  • Lennie James as Detective Chief Inspector Anthony “Tony” Gates (series 1), the head of the serious crime unit TO-20, Tony Gates is renowned for returning the best crime figures of any unit in Central Police. It is this reputation, however, that leads AC-12 to his team. Suspected of corruption, Gates faces an internal affairs investigation that adds further complications to his troubled home-life.

Although the police refused to co-operate with the programme’s producers, the production team was advised anonymously by serving officers and by retired police officers. Use was made of anonymous police blogs.

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Erik 'The Hat' Bear

I am fairly new to this writing on a blog malarkey so you will have to forgive me until I get the hang of it. I have asked if I can write on here but I still don''t really know what I am going to be writing about. Watch this space, I guess…


48 Comments on “Telly Favourites #45”

  1. Rolf report 29 July

    I was having a nice wash whilst half my body was balanced over the top stairwell with a potential 3 metre (10 feet) drop to the next floor. It alarmed my American human but I couldn’t understand what all the fuss was about. Gravity helps with washing.

    Rolf x

  2. While Kate was busy on her plot I looked after the chickens for her. They talk to me all the time but I haven’t learned to understand them yet. I don’t go too close because their beaks look quite sharp and I’m not very brave. They wouldn’t hurt me on purpose, would they?

  3. They came to an enchanted place on the top of the Forest. Being enchanted, it’s floor was not like the floor of the Forest, but close-set grass, quiet, smooth and green. It was the only place where you could sit down carelessly, without getting up again almost at once.

  4. I’m reliably informed that my Xmas shows are still happening so until I hear otherwise I will start putting the show together now… alongside preparing for next year. How ironic that this year was 20/20… couldn’t have been further away from being perfect if it tried.

  5. Good morning campers. Me mum is on the way to mine and has text me before sayin “hope ur good at pressure washing”. I hate this. Hard manual labour isn’t for me. I’ll be back in 12 hours to moan about all the stuff she’s made me do that I hate. Goodbye.

  6. Ahem *Clears throat*

    I’m Cilla the Outwoods cat,
    I left a dead mouse on the mat,
    The poor little creature
    Was a gift for a teacher,
    She just screamed, how ungrateful is that?

  7. I’ve decided I’m not going to argue with tories over mince or any other food product. They have overly large foreheads and not a top lip between them they’re just hurt inside. That’s all.

  8. Me ma has made a SHOW of us here. She’s just asked a MAN to turn on the outside tap because we wasn’t “strong” enough. Am sick of this. Imagine me face when he done it as well. Am fkn fuming!!

  9. Live action from the North Warwickshire faction of Hedgewatch 2020 today. I thought for a moment there was something furry worth investigating in the bushes, but on closer inspection it was just a soggy tennis ball. Still, worth a sniff anyway.

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