Back On Duty
Jed Mercurio the creator of Line of Duty just spoke about the sixth series which kicked off last night on BBC and BBC iPlayer…
What can you tell us that is new in this series?
As with every series of Line of Duty, we introduce a brand new character. This series we have Kelly Macdonald who plays DCI Joanne Davidson. It’s a great device for allowing the series to be accessible to brand new viewers who have no knowledge of previous series. This series, AC-12 will investigate what’s going on at Hillside Lane Police Station in a case led by DCI Joanne Davidson and we look at the investigation of a cold case. It’s a high profile murder case of Gail Vella that has remained unsolved for over a year and which the police force is struggling to solve. There’s been no closure.
Are there any new locations for this series?
One of our main locations for this series is Hillside Lane Police Station. It’s actually a police station that is mentioned way back in series one – Matthew Cottan served here before he joined Kingsgate station where he was on the same team as DCI Tony Gates. It’s the home station for our guest lead DCI Joanne Davidson and Kelly is giving a terrific performance in this character. I would describe her as the most enigmatic adversary that AC-12 have faced to date…
What has it been like filming under COVID conditions?
We have taken lots of precautions for cast and crew. We have filmed on studio sets which is a departure from previous series where we have shot in an actual working building. The reason why is because we can ventilate the set and social distance our cast and crew. We have had rigorous measures in place during the shoot.