Written by Hannah Dunleavy

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Duty Calls

Episode two of Line of Duty and Hannah Dunleavy needs a cup of tea. Or a nice chianti. Contains spoilers.

Not long for this episode: PC Rod Kennedy (Will Mellor) with PC Jackie Brickford (Leanne Best). All photos: Steffan Hill/World Productions.

Not long for this episode: PC Rod Kennedy (Will Mellor) with PC Jackie Brickford (Leanne Best). All photos: Steffan Hill/World Productions.

Danny Dier

So, a bullet through the neck did do it for Danny, who was survived by a stolen dog, some surprisingly nice retro furniture and a head in a cooler.

It took an obscenely long time for anyone (of course it was Kate) to say: “What in blue blazes happened here then?” Something that was, of course, not answered, or at least not in a way that I believed a word of what anyone said. Until Rod was found hanging, enabling everyone to change their stories and say he did it, because he was too dead by his own hand (or probably not) to argue.

So long Rod, we hardly knew you. Maybe you should’ve been played by Dean Lennox Kelly instead.

“Dot pocketed Danny’s kill list, he may have been the voice on the other end of those delivered phones and he littered. The man’s out of control.”

The People vs Steve’s Cock

Arnott had to have not one, but two awkward sex conversations with Fatherly Ted, one about Danny’s semen and the other about whether or not he’d gone the full honeytrap on Lindsay Denton, who arrived back with a cell shot reminiscent of Hannibal Lecter.

I’m fairly confident Steve is telling the truth as the series has gone out of its way to mark him out as painfully honest. Additionally, where would he find the time? But that doesn’t mean Lindsay can’t make life very hard for him, which was the most promising development in this episode.

I’m not especially fussed about what it means for him and his girlfriend, or that clear why she was even in the incredibly moodily lit court. But what it could mean for AC-12 politics* and Denton’s chance of release I’m putting in the category of ‘deffo exciting’.

(*while we’re on internal politics, was Steve ever disabused of the idea Kate slept with Gates?)

Not under the covers for once: DS Steve Arnott (Martin Compston).

Not under the covers for once: DS Steve Arnott (Martin Compston).

Oh Dot, you bad bastard

It seems that when Dot’s not buttoning and unbuttoning his jacket, he’s still up to bad bastardry. He pocketed Danny’s kill list, he may have been the voice on the other end of those delivered phones and he littered. The man’s out of control.

Dot’s also taken over Kate’s secret debriefings, since her infiltration of the firearms team has been successful, meaning they’re back to spending more time in underpasses and multi-storey car parks than the protagonists of a Smiths song.

Although he did bring her a coffee which lasted all day, so maybe he’s not all bad.

Is this the series Dot will be taken down? If it is, I really hope it’s Ted that does it. Because…

“You’re a good actor”

If tonight’s episode had a theme, it was acting, with Dot, who is acting himself, commenting on Kate’s interview performance, and Denton practising her courtroom scenes in her cell.

So, it’s a good a time as any to say that although this series has a great cast, for me, Adrian Dunbar’s wearing the yellow jersey at Stage 2 of the third Tour de Line of Duty (I don’t know, I just know Ted likes a sports analogy.)

Maybe it’s just that her spectacular turn in Rome is seared into my brain, but Polly (Atia of the Julii) Walker just screams sexy times, so I’m currently convinced Gill Biggeloe’s dramatic purpose might simply be to tempt Ted from the ‘not until we’re married’ gang. I might be wrong, but if I’m not, it couldn’t happen to a nicer bloke.

The numbers:

Neil Morrissey sightings: 0

Police in-jokes: 1 (about finding a lead on the dog)

Tea drunk: Shitloads. Except that one that got spat in. Hopefully.

The big questions:

Anyone ever seen a Venetian blind and net curtain combo before?

Single women over 30 are always very desperate in BBC dramas, aren’t they?

Steve’s a changed man, apparently. Do we believe him?

Read all of Hannah’s Line of Duty blogs here and catch up on previous episodes via BBC iPlayer here.

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Written by Hannah Dunleavy

Hannah Dunleavy is the deputy editor of Standard Issue. She likes whisky and not having to run anywhere.

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