The BEST Episodes of The Shadow Line

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Jun 11, 2020

Network: BBC Two

From the cop with a bullet in his brain, whose amnesia leaves him doubtful of his own moral compass; to the drug-lord driven by a profound personal tragedy, risking it all on one last deal; to the brilliantly lethal puppet-master who gradually emerges from the shadows to bring the story to its shocking climax – The Shadow Line explores the morality of these characters as they negotiate the repercussions of Wratten's death and attempt to navigate the fine line between right and wrong...

Episode 7

#1 - Episode 7

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Jun 16, 2011

Bede desperately tries to complete the final drug deal as his wife's condition deteriorates rapidly, while Gabriel is inexorably drawn to a shocking confrontation with Gatehouse.

star 7.82
207 votes
Directors: Hugo Blick
Writers: Hugo Blick
Episode 2

#2 - Episode 2

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired May 12, 2011

The driver of Wratten's car is identified, and Gabriel and Joseph Bede are desperate to get to him first, but they find themselves in a three-horse race with a shadowy figure that always seems to be one step ahead of them.

star 7.82
392 votes
Directors: Hugo Blick
Writers: Hugo Blick
Episode 1

#3 - Episode 1

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired May 5, 2011

In the first episode, DI Gabriel (Chiwetel Ejiofor) has just returned to work after being shot on an undercover job; his partner was killed and Gabriel suffers amnesia with a bullet lodged in his head. He leads the police investigation of the murdered drug baron Harvey Wratten and finds himself in a race with the other side of the line, the drug dealers who want to know who killed their boss.

star 7.64
585 votes
Directors: Hugo Blick
Writers: Hugo Blick
Episode 6

#4 - Episode 6

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Jun 9, 2011

Gabriel uncovers some dark truths about Counterpoint which implicate his colleagues and Glickman warns him that Gatehouse will hunt him down. Bede gets one step closer to finally getting out of the drugs game.

star 7.41
236 votes
Directors: Hugo Blick
Writers: Hugo Blick
Episode 4

#5 - Episode 4

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired May 26, 2011

Jay Wratten's insistence that Bob Harris is responsible for his uncle's murder causes problems for Bede's new business deal. Meanwhile Gabriel struggles to placate his ex-mistress and Gatehouse shows he'll go to great lengths to find Glickman.

star 7.32
316 votes
Directors: Hugo Blick
Writers: Hugo Blick
Episode 5

#6 - Episode 5

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Jun 2, 2011

Gatehouse finally tracks Glickman down with explosive consequences. Gabriel gets closer to finding out why he got shot and there's help for Bede's floundering business deal from an unexpected direction.

star 7.28
260 votes
Directors: Hugo Blick
Writers: Hugo Blick
Episode 3

#7 - Episode 3

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired May 19, 2011

Bede reluctantly finds himself in the driving secret of the drugs cartel. Meanwhile Gabriel continues to investigate the Wratten murder against his superior's instructions, and Honey discovers a secret.

star 7.23
266 votes
Directors: Hugo Blick
Writers: Hugo Blick