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Line Of Duty returns for a second series with some new additions to the cast.  If you’re worried if it can possibly survive without Lennie James?  The answer after seeing the first episode is a resounding: YES! It’s one NOT to miss…

The series opens with the violent ambush of a police convoy in which three officers are killed and a protected witness seriously injured.

When evidence suggests that a police source may have leaked the convoy’s whereabouts, the Force’s Deputy Chief Constable, Mike Dryden (Mark Bonnar), takes personal charge, assigning anti-corruption unit AC-12 to the case.

With Detective Constable Kate Fleming (Vicky McClure) excluding herself from the investigation as she trained with one of the ambush victims, AC-12 commanding officer Superintendent Ted Hastings (Adrian Dunbar) assigns new recruit Detective Constable Georgia Trotman (Jessica Raine) to work alongside Detective Sergeant Steve Arnott (Martin Compston). Initially AC-12’s most valuable witness, the suspicion soon arises that the sole surviving police officer, Detective Inspector Lindsay Denton (Keeley Hawes), could be their prime suspect. Did she lead the convoy straight into the fatal ambush?

Line Of Duty returns to BBC Two on 12 February at 9pm.

Check out the character images and pictures from episode 1 below:

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