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Line of Duty: 5 shows to watch if you love Line of Duty

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Line of Duty series six concludes tonight (Sunday, May 2) on BBC One and after seven weeks, there is no doubt fans will be looking for a new show to fill the Line of Duty void. Express.co.uk has a breakdown of the top five show’s you should definitely watch if you love Line of Duty.

1. Bloodlands

You will not want to miss the latest show by the man who created Line of Duty.

Jed Mecurio’s latest police procedural drama, Bloodlands tells the story of fictional detective Tom Brannick (played by James Nesbitt) in the present day, who is forced to grapple with his past when he is sent on the hunt for a mythical assassin, codenamed Goliath, who evaded capture during the troubles.

James Nesbitt leads the cast as Detective Cheif Inspector Tom Brannick, who also made an appearance as corrupt copper Marcus Thurwell in series six of Line of Duty.

The synopsis for the series reads: “A car is pulled from Strangford Lough, the owner kidnapped.

“DCI Tom Brannick recognises the calling card of a legendary assassin known as Goliath. The legend goes he was a serving police officer who vanished without a trace 20 years ago and among his original victims was Tom’s wife.

“Against opposition from old friend DCS Jackie Twomey (Lorcan Canritch), Brannick and his partner, DS Niamh McGovern (Charlene McKenna), break open the Goliath case in the hope that it will help them solve the kidnapping.

“As they dig deeper, they find gaps in the original Goliath investigation. Someone tried to suppress the truth.

“When a vital clue leads them out to an island on Strangford Lough, a discovery is made that changes everything.”

Bloodlands is available to stream and download via the BBC iPlayer now.

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2. Bodyguard

Another Jed Mercurio classic is the record-breaking and critically acclaimed series Bodyguard, starring Richard Madden and Keeley Hawes.

The six-part series follows Police Sergeant David Budd (Richard Madden), a veteran suffering from PTSD who works for the Royalty and Specialist Protection Branch of London’s Metropolitan Police Service.

David is assigned the principal protection officer (PPO) for Home Secretary Julia Montague, whose politics he ultimately despises.

The series received numerous award nominations including the Golden Globe Award for Best Television Series – Drama, with Madden winning the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Drama.

Bodyguard also received the 71st Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama series.

Recently, Mercurio’s Line of Duty’s became the UK’s Highest-rated TV drama in 13 years, taking over Bodyguard.

Sharing a Deadline article that reported the news, Mercurio joked on Twitter: “I’m gutted for whoever did #Bodyguard”

The entire series is available to stream and download on Netflix now.

3. The Wire

The Wire is an American crime-drama series, written and created by former police officer David Simon.

The series premiered in 2002 and ended in 2006. Despite never winning any awards, the show is now regarded as one of the greatest television series of all time in numerous polls, opinion pieces and amongst TV critics.

The series is set and produced in Baltimore, Maryland with each season introducing a different institution of the city and its relationship with law enforcement.

The five subjects are the illegal drug trade, the seaport system, the city government and bureaucracy, education and schools, and the press.

The Wire features a star-studded cast including Dominic West, Idris Elba, Deirdre Lovejoy, Wendell Pierce, Amy Ryan and Aiden Gillen.

You can stream episodes of The Wire via NOW from £9.99 per month.

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4. Gangs of London

Gangs of London is a British action-crime drama on Sky Atlantic.

The drama follows the struggles between rival gangs and other organised crime groups in present-day London.

Peaky Blinders star Joe Cole stars in the series alongside Sope Dirisu, Mark Lewis Jones, Pippa Bennett-Warner and Emmet J. Scanlan.

The series became Sky Atlantic’s second-biggest original drama launch of all time, with a 7-day cumulative audience of 2.23 million viewers for the opening episode, so if you have not seen Gangs of London already, you will not want to miss it.

A second series has already been commissioned and will hopefully air on screens later this year.

You can stream episodes of Gangs of London via NOW from £9.99 per month.

5. Informer

Informer is a British drama, starring Paddy Considine, Bel Powley, Nabhaan Rizwan, and Jessica Raine.

The series follows Raza (Nabhaan Rizwan) a young second-generation British Pakistani man from London who is forced into informing by Gabe (Paddy Considine) a counterterrorism officer.

Informer see’s Raza struggle to deal with life as an informant, whilst also trying to convince his friends and family everything is normal.

The entire series was filmed on location in London and London home-birds may recognise locations in Southwark, Shadwell, Peckham and Shoreditch.

You can stream and download all six episodes of Informer via the BBC iPlayer now.

Line of Duty is streaming on the BBC iPlayer now



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