Public Service Announcement 23 of 2019: Line of Duty

The fifth season of Jed Mercurio’s hugely successful police corruption drama Line of Duty starts tonight (Sunday) on BBC 1 at 9pm and lots of people I know are very excited about it, which is great but leaves me a little bit torn. Since so many had recommended it, I watched episode 1 of season 1 (after Bodyguard) with a view to catching up; I liked it, I meant to go back and finish it, but I didn’t feel any real urgency to do so and, the long and the short of it is, I didn’t. And now I have FOMO about missing out on watching and talking (breathlessly, if past reactions are anything to go by) about the new season at the same time as everyone else, because watching things a long time after there’s been a big fuss on tv is all very well but it’s not the SAME. I may just start season 5 and just google any gaps in my understanding of who/what/why etc, although I know that won’t be the SAME either. This is the first world-iest of first world problems, though, so rather than keep going on about it, I’m just going to go console myself with a biscuit and fret about all the other Great TV Shows I Should Try. I may be some time.

4 thoughts on “Public Service Announcement 23 of 2019: Line of Duty

  1. Snoskred April 1, 2019 / 12:57 am

    I did exactly that with season 4. I heard Thandie Newton was going to be in it, and I wanted to watch that but I didn’t have time to catch up on all the past seasons.

    Once I saw season 4 – and that one was a hectic roller coaster with a lot of knowledge from previous seasons missing but it went ok and I really enjoyed it and fell in love with the main characters, I had to go back and watch them all. Season 4 did make a bit more sense when I rewatched it at the end of that, but not so much more sense that it lessened my enjoyment of the show the first time around. It was great either way..

    It has been a while since I watched it but if you don’t want to be spoiled for previous episodes, you can put the gaps in your knowledge here and I’ll fill them in without you having to google. 😉

    • CJ Cregg April 1, 2019 / 10:41 pm

      Aw thanks Snoskred, that’s really kind. I might take you up on it – will let you know how I get on.

      • Snoskred April 1, 2019 / 10:51 pm

        I just watched it now, there was really only one thread continuing through from previous seasons and it was a fairly small one so it didn’t impact much on the story.

        I love this show. 🙂

        • CJ Cregg May 15, 2019 / 10:52 pm

          Hey Snoskred, what did you think of the season? I ended up watching the rest of season 1 at the same time as season 5, which worked out well because a lot of 5 seemed to reference 1 – I don’t think I would have remembered it all if I’d only watched it when it was first out!

          I enjoyed them both, but this year’s did seem a bit samey – SPOILER: does every season end with a dodgy police officer dying and a baddie getting immunity?! Also, Anna Maxwell Martin is great and Adrian Dunbar is an icon (he is AMAZING) but I thought this year’s finale went on way too long. I got really restless during it, waiting for Kate and Steve to hurry up and save the day!

          I felt like I followed it all ok but the one thing I wasn’t quite sure about was Steve and Sam’s relationship. I take it they’d gone out before and it hadn’t really worked out?

          PS – what’s the story with Steve’s back? Is that a seasons 2-4 injury?

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