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From slow start to TV sensation: what’s behind the success of Line of Duty? – Sydney Morning Herald

Jed Mercurio’s edge-of-the-seat police show is smashing viewing records in Britain. The timely masterstroke? Making the cops both heroes and villains.

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And while it resembles a classic cop drama, it also cleverly upends some of the genres traditions. The series created by Mercurio, a medical doctor turned novelist, screenwriter and producer, features a reversal of the customary order as its scene-stealing guest stars, rather than the regular ensemble, draw the spotlight.
Actors of the calibre of Lennie James, Keeley Hawes, Thandie Newton, Daniel Mays, Stephen Graham and Rochenda Sandall come in for a season and then their storylines might be wrapped…

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