The Best Episodes of Line of Duty

Last Updated: Nov 26, 2018

A drama about the investigations of AC-12, a controversial police anticorruption unit.

Episode 6

#1 - Episode 6

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?

star 8.63
1,181 votes
Writers: Jed Mercurio
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Episode 5

#2 - Episode 5

Season 3 - Episode 5

AC-12's loyalties are divided when DS Steve Arnott comes under scrutiny from his colleagues. With his career in jeopardy, Arnott turns to an unlikely source for help.

star 8.33
1,140 votes
Writers: Jed Mercurio
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Episode 6

#3 - Episode 6

Season 4 - Episode 6

While Nick Huntley faces lengthy questioning, AC-12 remain convinced of Roz's involvement.

star 8.33
979 votes
Writers: Jed Mercurio
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Episode 3

#4 - Episode 3

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.

star 8.15
1,072 votes
Writers: Jed Mercurio
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Episode 5

#5 - Episode 5

Season 4 - Episode 5

DCI Roz Huntley struggles to allay her husband's suspicions. AC-12 find a new angle to pursue their case against her.

star 8.08
989 votes
Writers: Jed Mercurio
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Episode 5

#6 - Episode 5

Season 2 - Episode 5

Lindsay fights for her life as troubling details emerge of a vicious conspiracy involving corrupt police officers. With growing evidence of links between Dryden and the ambush, Hastings is under pressure to arrest his senior officer.

star 8.07
941 votes
Writers: Jed Mercurio
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Episode 5

#7 - Episode 5

Season 1 - Episode 5

Gates goes on the run, convinced he can save his career and marriage by proving his innocence. As his options dwindle, the anti-corruption team faces renewed pressure to close the case, but rifts start to appear when Arnott questions how far Fleming is willing to go to get results.

star 8.06
1,037 votes
Writers: Jed Mercurio
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Episode 4

#8 - Episode 4

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.

star 8.03
1,040 votes
Writers: Jed Mercurio
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Episode 4

#9 - Episode 4

Season 2 - Episode 4

Following the violent attack she suffered in prison, Lindsay is granted special dispensation to visit her dying mother. DCC Dryden shrugs off allegations about his relationship with Lindsay and possible links to the ambush.

star 8.02
927 votes
Writers: Jed Mercurio
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Episode 6

#10 - Episode 6

Season 2 - Episode 6

AC12's investigation finally exposes a vicious criminal gang run from within the police. But while Steve now appears convinced of Lindsay's innocence, Kate remains determined to prove she had a role in the ambush.

star 8.00
887 votes
Writers: Jed Mercurio
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Episode 1

#11 - Episode 1

Season 2 - Episode 1

A brutal ambush on a police convoy leaves three officers dead and a protected witness fighting for his life. AC-12 turns its spotlight on Lindsay Denton, the officer who led the convoy but escaped unscathed.

star 7.99
1,013 votes
Writers: Jed Mercurio
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Episode 1

#12 - Episode 1

Season 3 - Episode 1

A hardened criminal is shot dead by an armed-response unit led by Sgt Danny Waldron, who claims they were acting in self-defence. But when AC-12 gather evidence suggesting it was a deliberate killing, DC Kate Fleming is sent undercover into Danny's team to find out more. She is quick to identify tensions within the team - only for her own conduct to come under scrutiny.

star 7.98
1,203 votes
Writers: Jed Mercurio
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Episode 1

#13 - Episode 1

Season 4 - Episode 1

DCI Roz Huntley is under intense pressure from her superiors to apprehend a serial murderer after months of fruitless investigation. When another young woman is abducted, Roz is on the scene to track down and charge a 24-year-old man. But doubts around the young man's guilt lead the chief forensic investigator to ask AC-12 to investigate. Is Roz ignoring forensic evidence that might prove the young man's innocence? AC-12's Supt Hastings places DS Kate Fleming undercover inside Roz's team to dig deeper into the case. With DS Steve Arnott piling on pressure from the outside, Roz is forced to act decisively. A mother of two and wife to Nick, Roz will do anything to stop her life from unravelling.

star 7.97
1,180 votes
Directors: Jed Mercurio
Writers: Jed Mercurio
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Episode 4

#14 - Episode 4

Season 3 - Episode 4

Fresh testimony launches AC-12 back on the trail of the Caddy, a corrupt officer with links to organized crime. But new disturbing evidence suggests the Caddy may reside within AC-12.

star 7.96
1,124 votes
Writers: Jed Mercurio
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Episode 2

#15 - Episode 2

Season 4 - Episode 2

A dismembered body is discovered, and worries grow when DCI Roz Huntley fails to report for duty. AC-12 crank up their investigation into Operation Trapdoor, concerned that Michael Farmer will go to jail for crimes he didn't commit. With suspicions that Roz may have withheld crucial evidence, a new DCI is drafted in to run Operation Trapdoor. Kate makes progress in her undercover role, but AC-12's investigation falters when they realise that their main informant, forensic investigator Tim Ifield, has also gone missing.

star 7.94
1,086 votes
Directors: Jed Mercurio
Writers: Jed Mercurio
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Episode 2

#16 - Episode 2

Season 2 - Episode 2

Following the tragedy at the hospital, AC12's Kate Fleming is planted undercover in Lindsay Denton's Missing Persons Unit. But Lindsay in turn gathers compromising evidence against the anti-corruption team.

star 7.93
972 votes
Writers: Jed Mercurio
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Episode 3

#17 - Episode 3

Season 3 - Episode 3

DS Steve Arnott believes there is a dark secret in Danny Waldron's past. But while DI Cottan is commended for cracking the Waldron case, the spotlight falls on Arnott's questionable conduct in a previous enquiry.

star 7.91
1,126 votes
Writers: Jed Mercurio
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Episode 3

#18 - Episode 3

Season 2 - Episode 3

Lindsay is denied bail and finds herself targeted in prison. Growing increasingly desperate, she tells Kate about a relationship with an executive police officer and her theory of why she is being framed.

star 7.91
945 votes
Writers: Jed Mercurio
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Episode 4

#19 - Episode 4

Season 1 - Episode 4

Desperate for proof of Gates's corruption, Fleming pushes her relationship with him to the limit, but her behaviour causes Morton to question her loyalty.

star 7.90
1,063 votes
Writers: Jed Mercurio
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Episode 2

#20 - Episode 2

Season 3 - Episode 2

The shooting at the drugs house intensifies the scrutiny on Danny Waldron's armed-response unit, who once again close ranks. But with Kate Fleming on the inside, AC-12 feed in new information that helps her expose cracks in the team's story, while Steve Arnott looks deeper into the suspect sergeant's background and makes a shocking discovery. However, the anti-corruption cop's life is complicated by an investigation into his own past conduct.

star 7.84
1,164 votes
Writers: Jed Mercurio
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Episode 2

#21 - Episode 2

Season 1 - Episode 2

Having been duped into covering up Jackie's crime, Gates is desperate to sever ties with her. But, as Arnott and Fleming close in on his secret, Gates is plunged into an even more dangerous situation than he first thought.

star 7.79
1,136 votes
Directors: David Caffrey
Writers: Jed Mercurio
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Episode 3

#22 - Episode 3

Season 1 - Episode 3

Arnott is convinced Gates played a part in Jackie's disappearance. With Fleming's help, the anti-corruption team tries to trap Gates into revealing his involvement in covering up Jackie's crimes.

star 7.73
1,093 votes
Directors: David Caffrey
Writers: Jed Mercurio
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Episode 1

#23 - Episode 1

Season 1 - Episode 1

When a counterterrorism raid goes tragically wrong, DS Steve Arnott refuses to participate in a cover-up. Ostracised by colleagues, he transfers to an anti-corruption unit led by Supt. Ted Hastings. He soon finds his target is the city's top detective, DCI Tony Gates. with whom he must engage in a cat-and-mouse struggle to uncover Gates' secret.

star 7.65
1,289 votes
Directors: David Caffrey
Writers: Jed Mercurio
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