Line of Duty script
Line of Duty  Season #1 Episode #1 (2012)
Synopsis: Line of Duty is a British police procedural television series created by Jed Mercurio that premiered on 26 June 2012. It is the most popular drama series broadcast on BBC Two in the multichannel era and is a winner of the Royal Television Society Award for Best Drama Series.Line of Duty was included in a list of the Top 50 BBC Two shows of all-time, in a list of the 80 best BBC shows of all time and was the highest ranked current series in a list of the best cop shows of all time.

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NB THE CITY IS NEVER MENTIONED BY NAME. THE LOCAL

CONSTABULARY IS NEVER MENTIONED BY NAME. ALL POLICE UNITS ARE

FICTITIOUS.

DESPATCHER:

Units en route. Flat 56, Regal

Court. Vehicles en route. Forward

units arriving Regal Court.

OSBORNE:

Silver Command, copy.

DESPATCHER:

Bronze Command same Southern 257.

ARNOTT:

Southern 257, copy.

DESPATCHER:

Forward units on foot.

ARNOTT:

Southern 257, copy.

OSBORNE:

I have Alpha team coming in low,

Bravo team high.

ARNOTT:

Silver, Southern 257, copy that.

Bravo overlooking, moving into

position.

OSBORNE:

Waiting on Gold. Order imminent.

ARNOTT:

Southern 257, standing by. Bravo

seconds away.

OSBORNE:

Alpha sit rep.

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ARNOTT:

Alpha in the building.

SMASH CUT TO:

1/1

INT. TOWER BLOCK. STAIRWELL. DAWN. DAY 1. 1/1

A fire door bursts in.

Muzzles of high-velocity rifles jab through.

Then come 6 burly blokes in bullet-proof vests.

They charge up dirty concrete steps.

Leading is SERGEANT COLIN BRACKLEY (mid-late 30s), wearing an

earpiece and microphone:

BRACKLEY:

(Into mike.)

We’re in; going up.

The squad charge upstairs.

CUT TO:

1/2 EXT. TOWER BLOCK. ROOF TOP. CONTINUOUS. DAY 1. 1/2

Snipers scramble up onto the roof. They’re out of breath,

clearly rushing.

CUT TO:

1/3

INT. TOWER BLOCK. STAIRWELL. CONTINUOUS. DAY 1. 1/3

Brackley’s squad pass a door that reads FLOOR 1 and keep on

sprinting up the stairs.

BRACKLEY:

(Into mike.)

ETA less than a minute -- we need a

decision.

CUT TO:

1/4

EXT. TOWER BLOCK. LOCK-UP GARAGES. CONTINUOUS. DAY 1. 1/4

On the other end of the radio is DETECTIVE SERGEANT STEVE

ARNOTT (late 20s), “Bronze Command”.

"Line of Duty" Episode 1 Shooting Script 18.08.11 3.

Police back-up and ambulances have established a temporary HQ

in the grounds of the block; another police vehicle skids in.

ARNOTT:

(Into mike.)

Southern 257, still waiting on the

order.

CUT TO:

1/5 EXT. TOWER BLOCK. ROOF TOP. CONTINUOUS. DAY 1. 1/5

Hyperventilating, the snipers scramble into position, and

quickly load their rifles.

CUT TO:

1/6 EXT. TOWER BLOCK. LOCK-UP GARAGES. CONTINUOUS. DAY 1. 1/6

Arnott studies a clutch of surveillance photos and floor-

plans in his hand.

ARNOTT:

(Into mike.)

Fifth floor.

CUT TO:

1/7 INT. TOWER BLOCK. STAIRWELL. CONTINUOUS. DAY 1. 1/7

The Firearms Squad keep on going, fit guys getting out of

breath as they go up another flight (door = FLOOR 2).

CUT TO:

1/8 EXT. TOWER BLOCK. ROOF TOP. CONTINUOUS. DAY 1. 1/8

Hyperventilating, the snipers train their rifles on a row of

flats, scanning through telescopic sights till they swing

onto a window, partially curtained, in which we can just make

out a dark-skinned man with his back to us.

CUT TO:

"Line of Duty" Episode 1 Shooting Script 18.08.11 4.

1/9 INT. TOWER BLOCK. FLAT. CONTINUOUS. DAY 1. 1/9

Dark-skinned hands tie the waistband of combat trousers. The

man slips a bottle of coloured fluid into a thigh pocket.

CUT TO:

1/10 INT. TOWER BLOCK. STAIRWELL. CONTINUOUS. DAY 1. 1/10

The squad get up to the next level (FLOOR 3).

CUT TO:

1/11 EXT. TOWER BLOCK. LOCK-UP GARAGES. CONTINUOUS. DAY 1. 1/11

Arnott studies surveillance photos of the flats, a similar

view to that of the snipers.

ARNOTT:

(Into mike.)

Southern 257. Bravo, are you

visual?

CUT TO:

1/12 EXT. TOWER BLOCK. ROOF TOP. CONTINUOUS. DAY 1. 1/12

The snipers struggle to get a clear view; the flat interior

is partially obscured by curtains and washing, and by the

occupant’s movements out of view.

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Jed Mercurio

Jed Mercurio (born 1966) is a British television writer, producer, director and novelist. He is reported to be one of the few British script-writers to work as a U.S.-style showrunner. A former hospital physician and RAF officer, Mercurio has been ranked among UK television's leading writers by TV-industry magazine Broadcast. more…

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