The Best Episodes Directed by John Strickland
#1 - Breach
Line of Duty Season 3 - Episode 6
DS Steve Arnott is arrested on suspicion of murder but continues to protest his innocence. Does DC Kate Fleming's undercover operation hold the key to Steve's guilt and the identity of the Caddy?
#5 - The Secret of Chimneys
Agatha Christie's Marple Season 5 - Episode 2
Miss Marple finds herself spending the weekend at Chimneys, the stately home of Lord Caterham whose late wife was her cousin. The weekend has a diplomatic air to it as the Austrian Count Ludwig von Stainach is also there to negotiate a trade agreement with the British that will give the British access to iron ore. An important person goes missing, and Marple's search leads to a decades-old murder that might be connected to a mysterious diamond theft.
#8 - Old Acquaintance
Hustle Season 2 - Episode 5
When Stacie claps eyes on her estranged husband Jake who left her five years ago taking everything she owned with him, she's certain he is to be the gang's next mark. Having graduated from the short con world to the professional poker circuit, he's good and he won't be an easy target. But the team swears to exact revenge on him for Stacie. Is Stacie really prepared to leave her friends for love? Or has she really got another card up her sleeve....?
#9 - Episode 6
Bodyguard (2018) Season 1 - Episode 6
Principal Protection Officer David Budd has made a major breakthrough in the investigation into the attack on the home secretary, but his enquiries have put him in mortal danger. With the clock ticking and no-one left who believes him, David attempts to prove his innocence. But the evidence against him begins to stack up.
#10 - Case One (2)
Whitechapel Season 3 - Episode 2
The police drama set in London's East End continues with the second of a two-part story. A second mass murder occurs with no signs of an obvious break-in and no forensic evidence for Chandler and the team to use. The crimes begin to take on an almost supernatural edge and local residents wonder how they can sleep soundly in their beds when doors and locks offer no protection from whoever is responsible.
#12 - In the Trap
Line of Duty Season 4 - Episode 3
As AC-12 wrestle with the new forensic evidence casting doubt over Tim Ifield, Kate is approached by another woman claiming to have been assaulted by Michael Farmer. While Steve fumes over this contradictory testimony, Kate uses her newfound respect to inveigle herself with the Trapdoor team. Meanwhile, Steve challenges Roz's husband Nick to vouch for his wife's whereabouts on the night Tim Ifield went missing. With Nick proving evasive, Steve senses a whole new angle on the investigation.
#15 - Episode Four
The Fixer Season 1 - Episode 4
Calum has made Mercer some tea. Problem is that it’s burned and totally lacking in nutritonal value. So off they go to the supermarket. Calum is amazed Mercer knows so much about cooking. Lenny appears and Mercer's heart sinks. He gives Mercer his next assignment. He must kill a violent criminal just acquitted of the murder of a young woman, Marie Greene. His name is Scott Glover. Mercer finds him at a hotel and prepares to kill him in the gentleman’s toilets. But his plan is fraught with problems. One of which is that a dogged and brave reporter knows more than he should about the case.
#16 - Moral Superiority
Line of Duty Season 4 - Episode 4
Roz's husband Nick is brought in for questioning by AC-12. But while Nick denies any involvement in Steve's attack, his suspicions about Roz mount. Meanwhile, AC-12 discover new anomalies in the forensic evidence and issue DCI Roz Huntley with a second Reg 15 notice. AC-12's case appears watertight until Roz starts dismantling their evidence with inside information of her own.
#17 - Elephants Can Remember
Agatha Christie's Poirot Season 13 - Episode 1
Poirot investigates a strange and gruesome murder of an elderly psychiatrist. Ariadne Oliver is pressed to try and uncover the truth behind two decade-old deaths. They soon find out that their separate investigations are linked and work together to try and solve the mystery.
#20 - Episode 3
Mr Selfridge Season 1 - Episode 3
Harry and Ellen are enjoying their new love affair and dance into the night at an apartment that Harry has got Ellen. She ends up talking about her father and reveals that her real name is Joyce. Agnes's nasty drunk father called Reg has been fired from his job and he ends up losing his temper with his daughter, hitting her across the face.
#22 - Negative Pressure
Line of Duty Season 3 - Episode 4
Fresh testimony launches AC-12 back on the trail of the Caddy, a corrupt officer with links to organised crime. But new disturbing evidence suggests the Caddy may reside within AC-12.
#25 - Episode 5
Bodyguard (2018) Season 1 - Episode 5
David investigates Julia's political manoeuvring and finds his fears about a conspiracy at the heart of government could be justified. However, doubts are raised about his psychological health as allegations about his professional conduct come to light.
#26 - Episode 4
Mr Selfridge Season 1 - Episode 4
Harry scores something of a coup when prima ballerina Anna Pavlova agrees to pay Selfridges a visit. However, Agnes's job looks to be under threat when a violent Reg reaches breaking point and gatecrashes the event - and things only get worse when Ellen invites herself along. Meanwhile, one of the department store's most loyal employees is caught stealing, a formidable new head of fashion arrives and Rose reveals her true identity to Roddy.
#27 - Kosovo
The Philanthropist Season 1 - Episode 5
Teddy meets his ex-wife Julia and tells her about his journey to Kosovo where he tried to get Serbians and Albanians to work together, but learned that the hatred runs deep.
#29 - Vendetta: Episode 7
Strike Back Season 8 - Episode 7
Spencer joins S20 to take down Zayef for good. But when intel leads them back to the Demachi's, S20 finds itself embroiled in a feud that may expedite Zayef's plans and place military-grade weapons in the hands of terrorists across Europe.
#31 - Vendetta: Episode 8
Strike Back Season 8 - Episode 8
S20 plans to storm a freighter carrying weapons, but when Spencer administers a kill order, Coltrane grows suspicious. As members of S20 contemplate following their conscience, Zayef divulges intel that could drastically change their fate.
#34 - Episode Three
The Fixer Season 1 - Episode 3
Lenny is alerted to the recent arrival of a notorious Albanian gangster Tarek Sokoli. Sokoli wants to put down roots in his new homeland and that includes running drugs and prostitution rackets. Rather than have him killed, Lenny instructs Mercer, Rose and Calum to scare him away - to send the message to any others planning on setting up in London that their attempts will fail. He wants them to work as a team. Calum frees the prostitutes that Sokoli’s crew had illegally shipped in by returning their passports. However, after one of the liberated girls is killed, and a heroin importer is murdered by Sokoli’s lieutenant after Mercer convinced him against doing business with the Albanians, the unit begin to realise that simply executing Sokoli would have created far less bloodshed.
#35 - Case One (1)
Whitechapel Season 3 - Episode 1
DI Chandler and DS Miles investigate the slaughter of four people at a tailor's fortified workshop. Ed Buchan, retained by Chandler as the team's historical adviser, believes that the huge archive at Whitechapel station will provide the necessary insight into this baffling crime.
#37 - Offering
Troy: Fall of a City Season 1 - Episode 8
The Trojans are stunned to discover that all that remains of the Greek army in Troy is an offering to the gods in the form of a wooden horse. They believe the war may finally be over, and celebrations begin. But perhaps too soon.
#41 - Start With The Whistle
The Bill Season 6 - Episode 100
After the court case Sgt. Penny resigns for health reasons.
#42 - The Girl Can't Help It
The Bill Season 7 - Episode 5
A girl is missing and Reg is moaning about his mealtime being curtailed. Dave finds an incriminating notebook that indicates the girl is on the game. When Dave goes to tell the family, he finds out the father already knows. Conway has an argument with Brownlow after he contacted a radio station about the missing girl. While Burnside is having lunch, he notices the girl lunching with a businessman.
#43 - Loophole
The Bill Season 7 - Episode 7
Brownlow gives Conway a hard time about sick figures. Young is not feeling well and June thinks it could be stress related. Loxton goes to investigate something suspicious in a scrapyard. CID helps uniform combat burglaries on an estate. Viv and Jim pay follow-up calls to the victims. Jim is told it is kids.
#44 - Caught Napping
The Bill Season 7 - Episode 31
The Metropolitan Police Serious Crimes Squad sweep into Sun Hill and commandeer the station's briefing room, setting a few noses out of joint in the process. They are there to investigate the murder of a police informant, who at the time of his death was under the protection of Sun Hill CID. DI Burnside and DS Roach come to blows when Roach refuses to share the blame for withdrawing officers from the safe house, and accuses Burnside of corruption.
#45 - Fire
The Bill Season 11 - Episode 114
WPC Ackland and PC Loxton are on foot patrol when they are approached by a Mrs Henry with a minor complaint. A shot rings out, hitting Mrs Henry and SO19 are quickly on the scene to evacuate the officers and the wounded woman. CID, including WDS Jo Morgan who has been seconded to Sun Hill as a liaison to the Regional Crime Squad, can find no reason why the woman would be the target of a sniper. PC Loxton, who is testifying in a court case later in the day is assumed to be the target and is given SO1 protection, although subsequent raids of the suspect's property put him in the clear. That night however, as Loxton slumbers in a safe house, someone firebombs June Ackland's flat.
#46 - All Tucked Up
The Bill Season 11 - Episode 115
As it becomes clear that someone wants June Ackland dead, she is horrified to find CID digging through her painful past to discover the killer's identity. Tired of being holed up in a safe house, Ackland decides to go back on duty, as this may also draw the killer out of hiding. There is a close shave when she is seperated from Sgt Cryer on street patrol and a man pulls an imitation gun on her, although she is rescued by a covert SO1 officer. Meanwhile, a witness to the arson on Ackland's flat, Mrs Cooper, comes into the station to make a statement.
#47 - Bait
The Bill Season 11 - Episode 116
The identity of the man trying to kill June Ackland may be revealed when an ex-Army officer is overheard boasting that he was paid to ""kill a copper"". CID link him to a young man who committed suicide in prison after Ackland arrested him for dealing drugs on the Jasmine Allen. WDS Jo Morgan realises that their witness, Mrs Cooper, is behind the plan as she turns out to be the mother of the dead boy. Mrs Cooper is arrested for conspiracy to murder, and she reveals that the assassin is lying in wait for Ackland at the safe house. As Ackland and an SO1 team head off to the safe house to draw the killer out, they are ambushed by a man on a motorbike just outside the station, and Jo Morgan is killed in a hail of gunfire as she rushes to warn them.
#48 - Spill
The Bill Season 12 - Episode 74
PCs Quinnan and Stamp are first on the scene of a major chemical spill when a tanker truck hits some scaffolding near the Sun Hill tube station. Insp. Monroe arrives to supervise the evacuation of the area, as the fire department try to work out what chemical has been spilt, although a lack of documentation on the truck makes this difficult. The driver dies in hospital, but when his wife in informed by Uniform, she doesn't seem very upset. Further investigation reveals she is behind a scheme to provide unlicenced or disqualified drivers to the trucking company.