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Mic Wright’s Remotely Furious: Line Of Duty And W1A

by | 31st, March 2014

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IT’S over a week since Line of Duty came to its sometimes thrilling, sometimes galling conclusion and even now the face of Lindsey Denton as the cell door closed keeps drifting onto the screen of the busted CRT in my mind’s eye. The second series of Jed Mercurio’s show about bent cops and the marginally less bent cops who set out to catch them was a thing of beauty. Ungrateful moaning whiners I speak as I find have taken to comment sections to wail that the finale was unsatisfying and that using the classic “what happened next” captions to bring it to a close was cheap. They’re spoiled. Episode 5 was, in some ways, the cataclysmic moment of the series, with Episode 6 acting as a teeth chattering comedown.

If Line Of Duty had featured sullen Swedes and a more refined selection of knitwear, The Guardian would have commissioned a ream of pieces on its brilliance rather than an excellent but neglected series blog and Paul Mason harrumphing about the ending. And if, the home of Scandi Crime obsession and Wire zealotry didn’t give the series or Mercurio enough plaudits, the BBC is also conspiring to bugger up its success by failing to quickly commission Season 3 and get more Mecurio projects on the slate. Instead, he’s in the warm embrace of Sky a new medical drama is on the horizon and Line of Duty 3 is in the to-do list of whoever the BBC decides will be the next BBC2 controller.

Presumably the corporation will be after people who haven’t seen its new masochistic comedy, W1a , which presents its staff as buzzword-babbling, incompetent wonks with all the creativity of a beige paint chart. Obviously commissioned to show that the Beeb has a sense of humour about itself one scene in the first episode featured Salman Rusdie and boiled egg head and human cost centre Alan Yentob being discovered arm-wrestling it just feels too on the nose.

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