Critic Consensus: Line of Duty's sterling ensemble all maintain a stiff upper lip, but audiences' limbs will be quavering throughout this tense fifth season that dives deep into moral murk.
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I think this is the ropiest bit of work [Jed Mercurio]'s ever sent our way. You could almost smell the desperation: a frantic stitching born, perhaps, of the need both to give his audience something in the manner of a resolution.
A lot of television drama is realistic but essentially trivial; Line of Duty succeeds by combing the thinnest surface mimesis with a deep concern for matters of the greatest importance.
Some might call this a formula but it's better recognised as a well-tuned sense of dramatic structure and dynamics.
The show can be totally over-the-top, but it's also compellingly watchable and often thrilling, a masterpiece of misdirection that keeps you guessing.
It may demand a lot of viewers and take risks, but that's what all great dramas should do.
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