The BBC have released the first images for the upcoming fifth series of Line of Duty which will star Stephen Graham in the lead.
Graham will play John Corbett alongside Rochenda Sandall as Lisa McQueen – two pivotal figures in a deadly organised crime group. Known to have links with corrupt police officers and suspected to be under direct command of the shadowy figure known only as ‘H’, Corbett and McQueen become persons of interest to AC-12 following an explosive chain of events.
Joining regular series lead stars Vicky McClure (DS Kate Fleming), Martin Compston (DS Steve Arnott) and Adrian Dunbar (Supt. Ted Hastings), the new series will also see the return of Maya Sondhi as PC Maneet Bindra, Polly Walker as Gill Biggeloe, Aiysha Hart as DS Sam Railston, Tony Pitts as Det. Ch. Supt. Les Hargreaves and Andrea Irvine as Roisin Hastings.
On joining Line Of Duty, Stephen Graham says: “It’s an honour to have been asked to be part of the Line Of Duty team. I’m especially looking forward to working with Martin Compston and Vicky McClure again.”
Rochenda Sandall adds: “I am honoured to be working with such a talented team of people, and to be working side-by-side with Stephen Graham, who I have watched and admired onscreen since I was young.”
Vicky McClure says: “Thanks to such a fantastic response from the Line Of Duty audience, it feels extra special to be back filming series five. I absolutely love working with Martin and Adrian, and Jed has without a doubt stepped it all up a gear this series. His writing just gets better and better. We have lots of great new cast members and I’m over the moon Stephen is on board, he’s a good friend and one of the finest actors. I’m already excited for the twists and turns to hit the screens. “
Martin Compston says: “I’m absolutely delighted to be back with the AC-12 family, brought together once again by the phenomenal scripts of Jed Mercurio. A huge part of the show’s success over the years is the incredible guest stars we’ve had and this year is no different. It’s an absolute joy to be working with Stephen Graham again – someone I’ve always looked up to as an actor. He’s a brilliant addition to the Line Of Duty team. It’s gonna be explosive!”
Adrian Dunbar says “Every time we open the scripts and every time Jed does it again. It’s great to be back with my Belfast family, even if the children appear to be a little wayward…”
Showrunner Jed Mercurio says: “After the hysteria surrounding Bodyguard, it’s a relief to be back in the day job. I’m delighted to be working with the old gang and welcoming our brilliant newcomers led by Stephen Graham and Rochenda Sandall.”
Simon Heath, CEO & Creative Director of World Productions, adds: “We’re delighted to be working again with Stephen Graham, who joins the best loved cast on British television for another thrilling instalment of Jed’s Line Of Duty saga.”
Line of Duty Series 5 is expected very soon on BBC One.