The reappearance of series one’s ACC Hilton and DCI Ian Buckells—whom Higgins chose to replace Huntley following AC-12’s recommendation that she be removed as the Senior Investigating Officer on Operation Trapdoor—indicated that Line Of Duty isn’t finished with its past quite yet. And then there’s the matter of the officers with whom Hilton surrounds himself.

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At the time, it was assumed the DI Mike Dryden was the “two-faced bastard”, but ultimately, that didn’t appear to be the case.

Born in Wishaw, Lanarkshire, Paul Higgins had a childhood interest in becoming a missionary and,at the age of twelve, started training as a priest with the Xaverian brotherhood.
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The highly anticipated Line Of Duty series five follows two years on from the events of series 4. All of which goes to say that if you’re more interested in PR than proper coppering, then Mercurio, AC-12 and Line Of Duty have no time for you, fella. Read about our approach to external linking. So here’s my question: is ACC Hilton just a numbers-driven prat with a taste for Sauvignon Blanc and an outrageously malfunctioning radar for what makes good police, or is he something much more sinister? Certain functional cookies are strictly necessary and cannot be disabled, others can be disabled according to preference.

Hilton and Hastings couldn’t be more different on the matter of squad loyalty too. Loyal viewers of police anti-corruption TV show Line of Duty will be familiar with the ongoing hunt to find the identity of "H". Initially AC-12’s most valuable witness, the suspicion soon arises that DI Denton could be their prime suspect.

", "There’s no one like Jed Mercurio for mixing tension with sudden moments of high drama.”, "Some of the most thrilling and audacious pieces of writing and performance that TV currently has to offer.”, “One of the BBC’s best dramas for years. Or, you know, Hilton’s just a bit of a dickhead who likes mussels. These chaps’ moral codes are written out in their menu choices. Line of Duty is a British police procedural television series created by Jed Mercurio that premiered on 26 June 2012. Without ever coming out and saying it, massaging crime figures is Hilton’s whole game. “After Buckells sits down with Ryan, Ryan says 'can I have my Big Mac now?' Daniel Mays plays Sergeant Danny Waldron, the highly proficient leader of an Armed Response Unit whose unpredictable behaviour is becoming a threat to colleagues and suspects. Sign up to our newsletter!

SEASON 1. Detective Sergeant Steve Arnott (Martin Compston), Detective Constable Kate Fleming (Vicky McClure) and Superintendent Ted Hastings (Adrian Dunbar) are joined by newly-appointed Detective Constable Georgia Trotman (Jessica Raine) to investigate a complex case rich in unexpected twists and turns. Dryden didn’t plan the ambush and he didn’t have Hunter killed, at least. Not so fast. Dot hasn’t been spoken of since he bled out on that housing estate verge, providing DS Fleming with a final testimony that named names as he did so.

Ted sees the ACC as an arse-covering PR-obsessive who puts figures before police work and who, as Steve Arnott put it in series one, “blows with the wind.” Hilton, in turn, sees AC-12 as a thorn in his side that makes the police look bad in the eyes of the public, and more recently, as an outfit “not fit for purpose”. “Are you asking me to re-crime it?” demands Kate. Straight after that Buckells Comes in he seems worried. The Reddit user wrote: "I was rewatching all the episodes when I noticed something weird in the series one finale.

Over the course of five series it has been revealed that four different corrupt senior officers were behind the codename. Known to have links with corrupt police officers and suspected to be under direct command of the shadowy figure known only as 'H', Corbett and McQueen become persons of interest to AC-12 following a deadly chain of events.
“How do you know when an executive officer is telling lies? It was a characteristically wry comment from Hastings, a character who brooks no truck with bent coppers and PR-manipulators like Hilton. But Hastings is convinced Gates’ results are too good to be true.

Gates appears to be an exemplary police officer and hard-working family man. BBC.

When AC-12 are called in to investigate Danny’s conduct, even they could find themselves in the firing line. Who's who in Line of Duty season 4? Starring Martin Compston, Vicky McClure and Adrian Dunbar. Please contact us if you have any questions or would like more information on LINE OF DUTY. Reddit user AmbassadorCharming points out that in the first series DCI Buckells seems to be friendly with a child used by an organised crime group. One viewer of Line of Duty believes they may have uncovered the identity of the final corrupt officer known as 'H'. Nor, necessarily, are his wincingly awkward coded references to Tony Gates being an officer “from the South” (in other words, black, and therefore a potential PR-risk should it appear that he was being pursued with undue alacrity by AC-12, he explains to Ted).

Who did he make that deal with?

Well, Reddit user AmbassadorCharming believes the final suspect could be DCI Ian Buckells (Nigel Boyle) because of a hint in the first series. Mays joins returning cast Martin Compston as DS Steve Arnott, Vicky McClure as DC Kate Fleming and Adrian Dunbar as Superintendent Ted Hastings.

Hastings’ booze is untouched. When Steve Arnott is transferred to a police anti-corruption unit, he finds his target is the city's top detective, Tony Gates. “We down-process anything that won’t quickly lead to an offender”, he advises, making it clear how he rose so quickly to such lofty heights. Arnott must engage in a cat-and-mouse struggle to uncover Gates' secret. Did Hilton know full well that Tony Gates had fabricated the Counter-Terrorism links to cover up those organised crime murders in series one? Oscars Best Picture Winners Best Picture Winners Golden Globes Emmys STARmeter Awards San Diego Comic-Con New York Comic-Con Sundance Film Festival Toronto Int'l Film Festival Awards Central Festival Central All Events As was Steve when he, incensed at the organised crime cover-up in series one, accused Hilton of only being interested in his own promotion. Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes.

Now the hit police thriller is back with a brand new investigation in this much-anticipated third season of Line of Duty, taking another probing look at modern policing and corruption within the force. @Louisa_Mellor, Louisa Mellor is the Den of Geek UK TV Editor. So far DI Matthew "Dot" Cottan (Craig Parkinson), ACC Derek Hilton (Paul Higgins) and Senior Legal Counsel Gill Biggeloe (Polly Walker) have been unmasked as "H".

He did too. “You weren’t so shy about standing by me when the Chief Constable was hanging a medal around my neck, Sir,” said Gates, and he was bang on the money. That’s what Hilton told Hastings over a swanky restaurant lunch in series one, the first of two such meetings between the men staged so far by Line Of Duty.

In the pursuit of corruption, how far will they go to uncover the truth?

Get the best of Den of Geek delivered right to your inbox! Goodbye Tommy Hunter, Dot, Nigel Morton, Lindsay Denton and all that history, this series is a fresh start, it all seemed to say.

Watch him pretend to be on the way out (“Sorry Tony, couldn’t have come at a worse time!”) when Gates needed his help in series one, or use the excuse of a ringing phone (whose call he rejects as soon as he’s alone) to get Roz Huntley to leave his office in series four. Hilton did his level best to shake Hastings off the Tony Gates investigation, knowing that more digging would reveal the links to Tommy and organised crime that ripple through the entire service. “It’s not my policy to intercede in individual offences,” says Hilton – police speak for ‘of course I want you to re-crime it, but I didn’t say that’. Higgins is the assistant chief constable who appears to be on a mission to take down AC-12. ACC Hilton was the one who suggested Dot—a lifelong bent officer—should go up for promotion. You can unsubscribe at any time. Let us know in the comments below. DCI Ian Buckells (Nigel Boyle) may be the final corrupt police officer known as 'H', according to one Line of Duty viewer. Determined to expose Gates as a fraud or worse, Hastings recruits Detective Sergeant Steve Arnott (Martin Compston) to the unit. Ted’s very first line this series was an enjoyably bitchy jab giving “full marks to the ACC for his Crimewatch audition” in reference to Hilton’s TV announcement about Operation Trapdoor charging Michael Farmer.

While Ted bristles at any criticism of “my officers”, Hilton will ditch a copper the minute they fail to reflect well on him. It’s in his interest to discredit and potentially disband AC-12.

The massaging of figures for PR-purposes is very much Line Of Duty creator Jed Mercurio’s theme. Crime and corruption, families on the brink, enduring love stories and epic rivalries. Is he in cahoots with the same people Dot was working for? Matthew felt pretty good about it, and before the next series, DS Cottan was a DI, with all the additional access and power that afforded him to do his dirty work. Not Maneet. The hostility between Hastings and Hilton is nothing new. Warning: contains spoilers for Line Of Duty series one, two, three and four (until episode four).

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One last theory: she’s acting on Ted’s orders and running her first undercover op by pretending to be Hilton’s leak.