Uk News Line of Duty's series six finale sagged beneath the weight of the show's mythology United Kingdom news

PremierLeague-News.Com - The downbeat revelation of the 'fourth man' turned what should have been a tyre-screeching climactic episode into something of a slow puncture

Uk News Line of Duty's series six finale sagged beneath the weight of the show's mythology United Kingdom news

PremierLeague-News.Com - The downbeat revelation of the 'fourth man' turned what should have been a tyre-screeching climactic episode into something of a slow puncture

Uk News  Line of Duty's series six finale sagged beneath the weight of the show's mythology United Kingdom news
02 May 2021 - 21:16

PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! And so that was seemingly that: Ted Hastings forced into retirement and coming clean about the missing £50,000, Steve Arnott facing up to his painkiller addiction and reconciling with Kate Fleming, and AC-12 reconfigured under the aegis of DCS Carmichael. But the burning question of the series-six finale of Line of Duty was of course the identity of ‘the fourth man’, as ‘H’ has been rebranded. Step forward, er, Ian Buckells. After all the wild fan theories, and as much as I’ve admired Nigel Boyle’s understated performance as the disgraced Hillside station chief, the revelation that Buckells was “the last man standing” turned what should have been a tyre-screeching climactic episode into something of a slow puncture. It’s not easy to feel sorry for Jed Mercurio. The show’s creator is so successful now that he could probably pitch his weekly supermarket shop to BBC drama commissioners and have it greenlit. But by turning the identity of ‘the fourth man’ into a national guessing game, Mercurio was arguably making a rod for his own back. “This has been driving me mad for years,” said Hastings at one point. Could we detect the authorial voice? Your guide to what to watch next - no spoilers, we promiseEmail address is invalidThank you for subscribing!Sorry, there was a problem with your subscription.Buckells was, it seems, acting as a sort of air-traffic controller for various OCGs intent on infiltrating the police. Institutional police corruption is hydra-headed and continues because it would be too damaging to public confidence to admit to its existence.  Read More Line of Duty ending explained: What happened in season 6 episode 7, as the Fourth Man is finally revealed This is a valid point, and certainly chimes with the excellent recent BBC Two documentary series about police corruption in the 1970s, Bent Coppers, which ended on a similarly downbeat, inconclusive note.

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.  Some of this was achieved by having various murder weapons used over the years conveniently discovered in a strongbox, and some of it by way of a postscript: Terry Boyle and Farida Jatri at liberty again and Jo Davidson living under assumed identity in a pretty cottage with a pretty girlfriend and a pretty dog – like an advert for fabric conditioner. Yes, there was a clever bait-and-switch car chase and a shoot-out after Jo was abducted by the OCG but fans might be forgiven for having become a bit blasé about these. That just left Ted to make a valedictory speech about the “wilful blindness of those in power” as he passed the AC-12 baton to an uncharacteristically smirk-free Carmichael. Never mind that red herring about Ted being ‘H’. Is Ted in fact Jed? It would be harsh to say this was a series too far because there have been plenty of familiar delights. Perhaps too familiar. Mercurio is a genius at building suspense, especially with his almost surgical focus on police procedure, but the template now feels worn: the starry guest villain who turns out not to be as bent as anticipated; the lengthy interrogation scenes that conclude with an apoplectic Ted; and the shoot-outs in busy town centres that don’t appear to excite even a ripple of media interest.  But if this wasn’t the great last episode we’d hoped for, then the show as a whole has achieved what is a very rare feat indeed for a TV drama these days – it has become a collective experience. And with Ted appealing against enforced retirement and Kate and Steve continuing in anti-corruption, who knows, this may not be the end.  Struggling to find your next favourite TV series? The i on TV newsletter is a daily email full of suggestions of what to watch as well as the latest TV news, opinions and interviews. Sign up here to stay up to date with the best new TV.

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