‘Three Line of Duty questions – including where’s villain we saw graduating?’

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Mother of God, what has happened to Line Of Duty fans?

One episode in and they’re already losing faith. Unforgotten is so much better, they say.

And yes, the show is suffering from TMFA – too many flaming acronyms.

Some might enjoy watching an ARU dealing with a GSW while tucking into KFC and a large G&T, but would it hurt to run on-screen translations for the rest of us?

Then we’d know instantly that a CHIS (Covert Human Intelligence Source) was a copper’s nark. But OMG it’s not DOA yet. This was a scene-setter, and a depressing one for our anti-corruption heroes.

DI Fleming has quit AC-12 for the MIT (murder investigation team), DS Arnott was washing down painkillers with Corona after being hurled down a stone staircase by Balaclava Man in 2017.

And boss Ted Hastings has been sidelined by top brass (for dumping his laptop and unauthorised prison visits).

Subdued, Ted only managed one new Northern Irish expression – “Houl yer whisht” (button it).

Dodgy new DCI Jo Davidson is reporting to iffy Super Ian Buckells.

En route to nick a suspect for the murder of journalist Gail Vella, Jo
diverted her convoy to target an armed robbery in process, which she claimed improbably to have noticed while passing.

A surveillance team watching the suspect’s flat had to withdraw after Buckells botched the paperwork, giving him time to flee.

Instead, cops collared Terry Boyle, who has learning difficulties and has been exploited by the crime gang before – his missing freezer once contained Jackie Laverty’s dismembered corpse.

Yes, it started slowly, but odds-on they’ll be sucking diesel soon.

● Questions: Which new cop is the villain we saw passing out at Hendon? How close will Kate Fleming, now reporting to AC-12 again, get to lesbian Jo? And since when do DCIs interview murder suspects?

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