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Line Of Duty: Live Q&A with Jed Mercurio

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Jed Mercurio is the lead writer and creator of the BBC Two police drama Line Of Duty.

He will be answering questions live in the comments below after the last episode of series two.

The comments will open before shortly the web chat starts at 10pm on Wednesday, 19 March and will finish an hour later at 11pm. Jed won’t be able to answer every question submitted and we also ask that questions and comments fall under our house rules.

Welcome to all our new users and apologies for any delay in posts appearing, we're working to get comments and replies up as quickly as we can.

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DS Steve Arnott (Martin Compston) DI Lindsay Denton (Keeley Hawes) DC Kate Fleming (Vicky McClure)

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  • Comment number 282. Posted by Jed Mercurio

    on 20 Mar 2014 00:07

    Thanks to everyone who's stayed up late. This has been really interesting. And thanks for watching the programme!

  • Comment number 281. Posted by Jed Mercurio

    on 20 Mar 2014 00:04

    277. Janel
    19th March 2014 - 23:59


    I'm not trying to pick holes, but TBH it was uncharacteristically dumb of Dryden switching drivers for the speeding offence, as though that would be sufficient alibi anyway given the photos or probable future accusation. Had Dryden really not been approached by Tommy's gang by the time of the ambush?

    Dryden was unaware of the blackmail effort. But he was aware that Lindsay Denton had seen him in the car with Carly. So he was worried that Lindsay might try to use that against him in some way. Hence the need for an alibi. His wife's speeding offence seemed to him like the perfect opportunity to create one.

  • Comment number 279. Posted by Jed Mercurio

    on 20 Mar 2014 00:01

    268. warb21
    13 Minutes ago


    If you're still there Jed, how were visual effects used (I noticed Jelly Fish credited)?
    And how did you make it look like Georgia was falling out of that 5th floor window?

    That was done in a studio with the exterior created by CGI. Other examples of VFX in the series were muzzle flashes when the guns fired in the ambush, flame enhancements, backgrounds to certain driving shots that were done in the studio, and so on. VFX are much more commonplace in regular TV shows than they ever used to be.

  • Comment number 276. Posted by Jed Mercurio

    on 19 Mar 2014 23:57

    267. warb21
    13 Minutes ago


    I think I can answer 1234, no 259: Cole and Prasad came after her because they were the Range Rover drivers who crashed into the prison van - another ambush. They'd had enough of her blabbing to AC12 and had come to finish her off. Yes? Cole killed Tommy because the criminal underworld wanted Tommy dead. Prasad killed Cole because he was considered to be a liability (although he dealt with Georgia pretty easily didn't he?)

    All correct. Thanks!

  • Comment number 274. Posted by Jed Mercurio

    on 19 Mar 2014 23:56

    266. Loulou
    13 Minutes ago


    can you tell me why in series 2 episode 1 was DS Arnott sat in a car watching the safe house in which Tommy was being kept? Have we missed something as the link was never mentioned? Congrats on another great series, we look forward to series 3

    Sorry, I don't recall any such scene. Can you help with some details please?

  • Comment number 272. Posted by Jed Mercurio

    on 19 Mar 2014 23:54

    265. Janel
    10 Minutes ago


    An interesting and challenging final episode still needing some time to get one's head around. Putting the up till now dead Jayne Akers in the centre of the conspiracy is very naughty as we had no clue she was a major player in coordinating corrupt police and criminal associates. Thus it wasn't Tommy who spotted Denton's usefulness, but Jayne.

    But what to Dryden? All this effort to blackmail him failed? He must have been pretty sure his DNA was not on Carly's body - or had he still not been challenged by the photos at this point? I assume he was left holding the phone by the deliberate absence of Malick.

    Dryden denied any knowledge of the blackmail. If he was telling the truth, that means he never saw the photos of Carly. Certainly that would appear to be how he reacted in the interview at the end of Episode 5. As Prasad said, at a point in Tommy's blackmail effort against Dryden, a decision was taken to turn on Tommy and silence him instead.

  • Comment number 271. Posted by Jed Mercurio

    on 19 Mar 2014 23:51

    263. Nicky
    7 Minutes ago


    Was Ackers calls to Flemming just a red herring?

    This was one of two phone calls (the other being Dryden's call to Lindsay on the night of Carly's disappearance) that we had planned to explain if they became very important to the overall conspiracy, but in the end we decided not to include these scenes in the series. We shot the scene of Dryden's call to Lindsay but it didn't make the final cut. Something similar happened in Series 1 - we shot the scene of Gina McKee's body being found but dropped it from the final cut of the last episode. There are strict rules on the running times of episodes and sometimes scenes have to be left out in order to abide by the broadcasting regulations.

  • Comment number 270. Posted by MD

    on 19 Mar 2014 23:50

    Jed
    Thanks for the reply at 261. I overlooked to say how much I enjoyed both Series, hats off to you and all the cast.
    I too have a hazy memory of Series 1. Should we be taking a fresh look at Dot from that Series? He went AWOL on some night-time surveillance on the night of the Greek Street murder did he not? My memory is that it came out that Gates had stood them down, but do we only have Dot's word for that? Was Dot in fact much more culpable than we thought?

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  • Comment number 269. Posted by Jed Mercurio

    on 19 Mar 2014 23:47

    257. mak7642
    8 Minutes ago


    The ambushers approached the cars head on. How would a tracker help? Were they planning to chase after them on Crown Avenue. If that is so, wouldn't they be nearer the junction ready to turn onto Crown Avenue?

    Thanks for considering this point in detail. In constructing the logic of the ambush, we never specified the location where the ambush would have taken place if Lindsay hadn't taken the detour. This was deliberate. It provides the flexibility to place the ambush vehicles on a parallel road at the time of the detour. Seeing the tracker signal deviate, they were able to choose a route to intercept the police convoy, and this happened to lead to a head-on convergence of the vehicles. We actually mapped all this out at the location where we filmed the sequence in case we needed to shoot scenes to explain it in detail later in the series. As it turned out, none of the editorial team felt this was necessary, but I respect the fact that you may disagree.

  • Comment number 268. Posted by warb21

    on 19 Mar 2014 23:45

    If you're still there Jed, how were visual effects used (I noticed Jelly Fish credited)?
    And how did you make it look like Georgia was falling out of that 5th floor window?

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