Uk news Line of Duty grips ex-top Scots cop as he makes H judgement ahead of show finale PremierLeague-News.Com
PremierLeague-News.Com - Former Scottish Crime and Drug Enforcement Agency boss Graeme Pearson, who was once tasked with catching bent coppers, reckons the show's creators have got the police culture 'bang on'.
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! He’s the ex-top officer who has probed corruption within the police. And, like the rest of the country, former Scottish Crime & Drug Enforcement Agency (SCDEA) boss Graeme Pearson has been gripped by drama Line Of Duty. The ex-Labour MSP – who was tasked with assessing police corruption for the National Crime Agency in 2009 – said: “Most cop dramas are more about good-looking people driving fast cars than anything remotely like the reality of policing. “But Line Of Duty has got some things bang on – police interviews and culture being some of them. Read More Related Articles Line of Duty’s Martin Compston gives away major clue Mark Bonnar's character is H Read More Related Articles Motorcyclist tragically dies after colliding with tree in Ayrshire “In reality there is a problem of corrupt serving officers. “Regardless of their tiny numbers, their impact on operations and tackling crime can be significant.” Here, Graeme gives his take on who could be pulling the strings as H – the mysterious corrupt officer set to be revealed tonight – and where the BBC show misses the mark from reality. Chief Constable Philip Osborne (Owen Teale) Philip Osborne (Image: BBC GRAB) The Welsh officer has appeared on and off throughout series six. He first appeared as a counter-terrorism boss keen to downplay his unit’s killing of an innocent man in series one. Since then, he’s risen up to become the highest-ranking officer in the hit show. Graeme said: “It might be a good twist to make him H. He’s been keen to sweep corruption under the rug and try to clip Former Scots top cop gives H judgement ahead of Line of Duty finalethe wings of anti-corruption unit AC-12. “In reality, there is so much on the plate of a chief constable that he would be unlikely to be corrupted by an organised crime group. “He’d also have the ability to shut down units like AC-12 quickly rather than letting them carry on their investigations implicating him.” Read More Related Articles Probe launched after 20-year-old sexually assaulted on footpath near Scots canal Read More Related Articles Elderly man's body found 'mummified' as tributes paid to 'extremely private' person DI Kate Fleming (Vicky McClure) DI Kate Fleming (Image: BBC) She’s been a mainstay of the show and one half of a dogged duo with DS Steve Arnott, played by Martin Compston. But fans think there might be more to this diligent copper, especially since she seems to be at the heart of every bungled police op. Graeme said: “She has moved to a new unit in this series but, in reality, she would have been shifted from AC-12 several series ago. “Despite her being central, I think it’s unlikely she is H. She could have manipulated things long before now. “Much has been made of the ‘definate’ clue, with H misspelling the word repeatedly. “She’s been at the heart of that investigation and would have spotted its implications long before now.” Superintendent Ted Hastings (Adrian Dunbar) Superintendent Ted Hastings (Image: BBC/World Productions/Steffan Hill) As well as sharing his initials with H, Hastings was previously accused of being the villain. But the AC-12 boss – famed for his ‘Ted-isms’ delivered in a deadpan Northern Irish drawl – is again in the firing line after it was confirmed he had leaked the name of an undercover cop to a jailed hood. Graeme said: “He would have been finished long before now in real life. He’d either be heading up the dog branch or long retired. “As soon as the accusations of missing money were made in the last series, he would have been out the door. “He could never have been in charge of an anti-corruption unit but could turn out to be H. Read More Related Articles 'One less rat' Sickening graffiti daubed on memorial for stillborn babies at Scots cemetery Read More Related Articles Prince Charles could be rocked by fresh revelations in follow-up Diana documentary Retired Officer Marcus Thurwell (James Nesbitt) Marcus Thurwell (Image: BBC) Spain-based former detective Thurwell is a new character to the show. AC-12 have discovered he was heavily involved in a number of controversial investigations before retiring to the Med.
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. Graeme said: “He fits the profile of a corrupt officer and could well be H but one thing that doesn’t ring true is the search of his home. “Spanish police were great partners for SCDEA and carried out frequent searches for me. “But there is no chance they would beam footage back ‘live’ for officers to watch in the UK for a two-bit ned like Thurwell. No one has that technology.”
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DCS Patricia Carmichael (Anna Maxwell Martin)
DCS Patricia Carmichael
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Drafted in to take over AC-12 from retiring Hastings, fans have suspected that she could be H. In the last episode, she was keen to prematurely end an interview with corrupt officer Jo Davidson. Eagle-eyed viewers suggested she used morse code to signal to the bent copper – played by Kelly Macdonald – that she was actually H. But Graeme thinks it could be another misleading clue used by writers, dubbed Jed Herrings after writer Jed Mercurio. Graeme said: “The way Line Of Duty does interviews is very good but it stretched it into fiction when this line of inquiry was shut down. “I don’t think she will be H. I met officers like DCS Carmichael throughout my career. They are normally motivated more on promotion than corruption.” DS Chris Lomax (Perry Fitzpatrick)
DS Chris Lomax
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Another new character but DS Lomax’s behaviour has become increasingly incriminating in recent episodes. He’s been central to the action and has reacted angrily when he’s been left out of the loop of ongoing ops. Viewers also point to his reluctance to hand over his mobile in one tense scene. Graeme said: “I think the phone scene might be another Jed Herring. “If he was corrupt, it’s likely he’d have a separate phone to contact the criminals. “He could easily slip away to make a call.”
Graeme's verdict Jed Mercurio has hit the nail on the head with this cop drama. The police characters have been highly believable and the casting has been great since the start. Stephen Graham, who played murdered undercover officer John Corbett, was very similar to UC officers I met, albeit stretched for dramatic purposes.
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Who is H? It’s almost impossible to tell. Mercurio is such a good writer that a line in tonight’s episode will take it in a completely different direction. Like the rest of the country, I’ll be watching to see what happens.” Line Of Duty is on BBC 1 at 9pm tonight.
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