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Line of Duty to get third and fourth season

Line of Duty

Story by Jack Foley

HIT BBC drama Line of Duty is to get at least another two seasons.

The ratings success of the second season prompted BBC2 to commission a further two runs, making it one of several programmes announced to mark the channel’s 50th anniversary.

The finale of the second series, starring Keeley Hawes and Vicky McClure, was watched by 4.1 million viewers last month, and provoked masses of reactions on social media sites such as Twitter after most episodes.

Line of Duty revolves around a controversial police anti-corruption unit. Both of the new seasons will be comprised of six hour-long episodes.

Welcoming news of the re-commissioning, series writer Jed Mercurio said he was “profoundly grateful” to fans for making the show such a “talking point”.

He added: “For series three and four, I can promise two explosive new cases for AC-12, new guest stars as police officers investigated for corruption, further twists and turns from the loose ends of series two, and maybe even some surprise reappearances.”

Ben Stephenson, Controller of BBC Drama, said that commissioning two more series of the “unique, powerful and gripping drama” was “the easiest decision I have made”.

Other commissions include a new series of James Corden’s comedy The Wrong Mans, which follows the BAFTA nominations picked up by Corden and co-creator Mathew Baynton last week.

A new comedy from Paul Whitehouse, based on the BBC Radio 4 series Nurse, will star Esther Coles as a community psychiatric nurse, with Whitehouse playing many of her patients or their relatives.

A documentary series on foster carers, War In Afghanistan and natural history series Beyond Human have also been announced for BBC Two

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