Hargreaves Line Of Duty

21 Apr 19
Metro
Line Of Duty: fact or fiction? (Picture: BBC) Police drama Line of Duty is well underway and as always, viewers are both gripped and left wondering… is it based on real-life events? While it’s described as a ‘fictional’ TV series, many of the compelling plot strands feel as though they could plausibly be grounded in reality. Ahead of tonight’s show – sans Les Hargreaves – we look at whether or not the story lines based on police corruption are fictional and where and when you can tune in. Is Line of Duty Based on real events? Creator Jed Mercurio works with a team of ex-police advisers when creating the show to ensure that the right procedures are being carried out and that it mirrors reality. The plotlines and characters are fictitious and don’t follow real events, but they are inspired by criminal cases that have happened in the UK. In addition to this, Mercurio told the Express that some plots are inspired by real life cases, saying there are ‘really relevant examples in British legal history of Stefan Kiszko. ‘It’s interesting – and the other one is Barry George, who was convicted and then acquitted of the Jill Dando murder.’ Both Kiszko and George spent considerable amounts of time in prison before their convictions were overturned. Is the drama-fuelled Line of Duty based on reality? (Picture: Kate) Does the police department AC-12 really exist? Viewers have also questioned whether or not the special unit in Line of Duty, AC-12, is based on real life. Although it doesn’t exist, there are similar anti-corruption branches in real life, and the London Met’s own version of AC-12 was originally called A10. When and where can I watch Line of Duty? The series continues on BBC One tonight at 9pm, and is available for catch-up via BBC iPlayer. [metro-link url=”https://metro.co.uk/2019/04/21/line-dutys-adrian-dunbar-gave-surprise-performance-live-tv-fella-can-sing-9280210/” title=”Line Of Duty’s Adrian Dunbar gave a surprise performance on live TV and that fella can sing”] [metro-link url=”https://metro.co.uk/2019/04/18/line-duty-series-5-ending-90-minute-episode-h-mystery-continues-9243906/” title=”Line Of Duty series 5 ending with 90-minute episode as H mystery continues”] [metro-tag-post-strip]
21 Apr 19
The Irish Sun
THE main question that seems to plague viewers is Who is ‘H’ in Line of Duty? It’s the question that’s continued to intrigue audiences well into series five, with AC-12 on the hunt for the corrupt police officer at the heart of the BBC crime drama. But who are the main suspects? What do we know about ‘H’? The letter ‘H’ was first mentioned in in Dot Cotton’s dying declaration. However, could this be the first letter of a name i.e. Hastings, Hilton or could it be a codename as suggested in the series. He seems to be a senior in the police force able to communicate with corrupt police officers and keep his name out of the investigation. We also know he communicates with the balaclava gang by instant messenger to preserve his anonymity. Another clue is that he spells “definitely” with an ‘a’ that could also give away clues about his accent. He has also benefited financially from balaclava’s lucrative crimes. So now that we have the evidence down, let’s take a closer look at the suspects.   Les Hargreaves (Tony Pitts) Hargreaves’ surname began with H, and he also held a senior position in the police force which is clue number two. During the series he has repeatedly admitted that he was never a big fan of AC-12, and at this point it’s crystal clear that he’s at least “bent”. The first “corrupt” signs came to light around season two, but he never seemed especially equipped to be a criminal mastermind. However, he might be working very closely with ‘H’ as he seems familiar with his ways. Ted Hastings (Adrian Dunbar) It took Line of Duty’s creator and writer Jed Mercurio four season’s to tarnish Ted Hasting’s reputation by spreading some serious doubt around his character. It all happened around the end of season 4 when Hastings’ laptop pinged with an instant message just after we saw Lisa and John Corbett (Stephen Graham) using IM to talk with ‘H’. In addition, an unknown number calling Lisa McQueen’s mobile just as Hastings was ringing a number which didn’t pick up. As we know Hastings has been struggling financially for the past two seasons, after a property investment in Ireland went wrong and his wife left him. So he could be ‘H’, however the show’s creator is implicating him so heavily that it seems a bit too easy. Derek Hilton (Paul Higgins) Here’s another senior police officer with a surname beginning with ‘H’. Derek Hilton is a Deputy Chief Constable and was a prime suspect. Before his death, Hilton was shown to be involved with the balaclava gang and was one of the highest ranking police officers to be implicated. In one episode he arranged to have Steve killed by a balaclava man at Nick Huntley’s offices, and he blackmailed Maneet to get vital documents and files from AC-12. Hilton is now dead and ‘H’ is still active. So while he was on the corrupt side he probably is not ‘H’ unless he has an excellent copycat executor or rises from the dead.   Alison Powell (Susan Vidler) A new name to the suspects’ list is Alison Powell, who is on first-name terms with Ted Hastings, and was placed in charge of a mission to place undercover officer John Corbett inside an organised crime group. As far as we know, she has kept her actions out of AC-12’s sight with a Mopi notice to block the files on the police database, and failed to report that Corbett had gone Awol for months. She repeatedly avoided to cooperate with AC-12, and key information is missing from the files. It seems likely that Powell is implicated in some way, but we don’t know in what way. Also, we don’t want to state the obvious but there’s no H in her last name.   ‘H’ mystery At this point in the series, the show’s creator has implicated so many character plotlines that anything goes. Tune in tonight as the Line of Duty puzzle continues…   [article-rail-topic title=”More on Line of Duty” term_id=”8637″ posts_number=”12″ /]   When is Line of Duty series five on BBC One? The fifth season of Line Of Duty started on BBC One on March 31, 2019 and continues tonight Easter Sunday, April 21 at 9pm. Filming for the series began in Belfast in September 2018. After series four concluded, the BBC announced Line Of Duty had been renewed for two more series – so we’ll be getting a series six too. BBC director-general Tony Hall said: “I am very excited to say there’s not one but two more series of Line Of Duty. So hooray for AC-12!”  
21 Apr 19
The Scottish Sun
THE main question that seems to plague viewers is Who is ‘H’ in Line of Duty? It’s the question that’s continued to intrigue audiences well into series five, with AC-12 on the hunt for the corrupt police officer at the heart of the BBC crime drama. But who are the main suspects? What do we know about ‘H’? The letter ‘H’ was first mentioned in in Dot Cotton’s dying declaration. However, could this be the first letter of a name i.e. Hastings, Hilton or could it be a codename as suggested in the series. He seems to be a senior in the police force able to communicate with corrupt police officers and keep his name out of the investigation. We also know he communicates with the balaclava gang by instant messenger to preserve his anonymity. Another clue is that he spells “definitely” with an ‘a’ that could also give away clues about his accent. He has also benefited financially from balaclava’s lucrative crimes. So now that we have the evidence down, let’s take a closer look at the suspects.   Les Hargreaves (Tony Pitts) Hargreaves’ surname began with H, and he also held a senior position in the police force which is clue number two. During the series he has repeatedly admitted that he was never a big fan of AC-12, and at this point it’s crystal clear that he’s at least “bent”. The first “corrupt” signs came to light around season two, but he never seemed especially equipped to be a criminal mastermind. However, he might be working very closely with ‘H’ as he seems familiar with his ways. Ted Hastings (Adrian Dunbar) It took Line of Duty’s creator and writer Jed Mercurio four season’s to tarnish Ted Hasting’s reputation by spreading some serious doubt around his character. It all happened around the end of season 4 when Hastings’ laptop pinged with an instant message just after we saw Lisa and John Corbett (Stephen Graham) using IM to talk with ‘H’. In addition, an unknown number calling Lisa McQueen’s mobile just as Hastings was ringing a number which didn’t pick up. As we know Hastings has been struggling financially for the past two seasons, after a property investment in Ireland went wrong and his wife left him. So he could be ‘H’, however the show’s creator is implicating him so heavily that it seems a bit too easy. Derek Hilton (Paul Higgins) Here’s another senior police officer with a surname beginning with ‘H’. Derek Hilton is a Deputy Chief Constable and was a prime suspect. Before his death, Hilton was shown to be involved with the balaclava gang and was one of the highest ranking police officers to be implicated. In one episode he arranged to have Steve killed by a balaclava man at Nick Huntley’s offices, and he blackmailed Maneet to get vital documents and files from AC-12. Hilton is now dead and ‘H’ is still active. So while he was on the corrupt side he probably is not ‘H’ unless he has an excellent copycat executor or rises from the dead.   Alison Powell (Susan Vidler) A new name to the suspects’ list is Alison Powell, who is on first-name terms with Ted Hastings, and was placed in charge of a mission to place undercover officer John Corbett inside an organised crime group. As far as we know, she has kept her actions out of AC-12’s sight with a Mopi notice to block the files on the police database, and failed to report that Corbett had gone Awol for months. She repeatedly avoided to cooperate with AC-12, and key information is missing from the files. It seems likely that Powell is implicated in some way, but we don’t know in what way. Also, we don’t want to state the obvious but there’s no H in her last name.   ‘H’ mystery At this point in the series, the show’s creator has implicated so many character plotlines that anything goes. Tune in tonight as the Line of Duty puzzle continues…   [article-rail-topic title=”More on Line of Duty” term_id=”8637″ posts_number=”12″ /]   When is Line of Duty series five on BBC One? The fifth season of Line Of Duty started on BBC One on March 31, 2019 and continues tonight Easter Sunday, April 21 at 9pm. Filming for the series began in Belfast in September 2018. After series four concluded, the BBC announced Line Of Duty had been renewed for two more series – so we’ll be getting a series six too. BBC director-general Tony Hall said: “I am very excited to say there’s not one but two more series of Line Of Duty. So hooray for AC-12!”  
21 Apr 19
The Sun
THE main question that seems to plague viewers is Who is ‘H’ in Line of Duty? It’s the question that’s continued to intrigue audiences well into series five, with AC-12 on the hunt for the corrupt police officer at the heart of the BBC crime drama. But who are the main suspects? What do we know about ‘H’? The letter ‘H’ was first mentioned in in Dot Cotton’s dying declaration. However, could this be the first letter of a name i.e. Hastings, Hilton or could it be a codename as suggested in the series. He seems to be a senior in the police force able to communicate with corrupt police officers and keep his name out of the investigation. We also know he communicates with the balaclava gang by instant messenger to preserve his anonymity. Another clue is that he spells “definitely” with an ‘a’ that could also give away clues about his accent. He has also benefited financially from balaclava’s lucrative crimes. So now that we have the evidence down, let’s take a closer look at the suspects.   Les Hargreaves (Tony Pitts) Hargreaves’ surname began with H, and he also held a senior position in the police force which is clue number two. During the series he has repeatedly admitted that he was never a big fan of AC-12, and at this point it’s crystal clear that he’s at least “bent”. The first “corrupt” signs came to light around season two, but he never seemed especially equipped to be a criminal mastermind. However, he might be working very closely with ‘H’ as he seems familiar with his ways. Ted Hastings (Adrian Dunbar) It took Line of Duty’s creator and writer Jed Mercurio four season’s to tarnish Ted Hasting’s reputation by spreading some serious doubt around his character. It all happened around the end of season 4 when Hastings’ laptop pinged with an instant message just after we saw Lisa and John Corbett (Stephen Graham) using IM to talk with ‘H’. In addition, an unknown number calling Lisa McQueen’s mobile just as Hastings was ringing a number which didn’t pick up. As we know Hastings has been struggling financially for the past two seasons, after a property investment in Ireland went wrong and his wife left him. So he could be ‘H’, however the show’s creator is implicating him so heavily that it seems a bit too easy. Derek Hilton (Paul Higgins) Here’s another senior police officer with a surname beginning with ‘H’. Derek Hilton is a Deputy Chief Constable and was a prime suspect. Before his death, Hilton was shown to be involved with the balaclava gang and was one of the highest ranking police officers to be implicated. In one episode he arranged to have Steve killed by a balaclava man at Nick Huntley’s offices, and he blackmailed Maneet to get vital documents and files from AC-12. Hilton is now dead and ‘H’ is still active. So while he was on the corrupt side he probably is not ‘H’ unless he has an excellent copycat executor or rises from the dead.   Alison Powell (Susan Vidler) A new name to the suspects’ list is Alison Powell, who is on first-name terms with Ted Hastings, and was placed in charge of a mission to place undercover officer John Corbett inside an organised crime group. As far as we know, she has kept her actions out of AC-12’s sight with a Mopi notice to block the files on the police database, and failed to report that Corbett had gone Awol for months. She repeatedly avoided to cooperate with AC-12, and key information is missing from the files. It seems likely that Powell is implicated in some way, but we don’t know in what way. Also, we don’t want to state the obvious but there’s no H in her last name.   ‘H’ mystery At this point in the series, the show’s creator has implicated so many character plotlines that anything goes. Tune in tonight as the Line of Duty puzzle continues…   [article-rail-topic title=”More on Line of Duty” term_id=”8637″ posts_number=”12″ /]   When is Line of Duty series five on BBC One? The fifth season of Line Of Duty started on BBC One on March 31, 2019 and continues tonight Easter Sunday, April 21 at 9pm. Filming for the series began in Belfast in September 2018. After series four concluded, the BBC announced Line Of Duty had been renewed for two more series – so we’ll be getting a series six too. BBC director-general Tony Hall said: “I am very excited to say there’s not one but two more series of Line Of Duty. So hooray for AC-12!”