Line of Duty script
Line of Duty  Season #3 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.

INT. SOUTH FERRY STATION. BRIEFING ROOM. DAY.

We cut straight in to the bustle of a briefing.

There’s an audience of 17 police officers, all

in uniform (1 Inspector + 2 Sergeants + 14 PCs),

many still getting their bullet-proof jackets

on, one or two still filling in at the back to

make the total number.

Enter the Strategic Firearms Commander (SFC) -TERRY

REYNOLDS. Behind him a screen that shows a

city map.

UNIFORMED OFFICERS all stand to attention as he

enters. He signals them to sit.

REYNOLDS:

Okay. Thank you.

A uniformed bullet-proof-vested Sergeant sits

near the front, making notes in a pad with an

air of cool professionalism. This is SERGEANT

DANNY WALDRON.

REYNOLDS (CONT’D)

Operation Damson is an on-going

initiative aimed at detection slash

prevention of gangland murders.

Surveillance of a suspect under

Operation Damson has been in place

at an address for less than 24

hours, with intelligence sources

indicating a significant belief the

suspect is preparing to commit a

gangland execution

C/U DANNY WALDRON. Close to Danny sit 3 PCs

HARINDERPAL “HARI” BAINS, PC ROD KENNEDY, PC

JACKIE BRICKFORD.

REYNOLDS (CONT’D)(O.S)

The suspect is a known criminal

with a history of violence. He is

expected to be armed...

Music

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Specially

composed by

Carly

Paradis.

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The suspect’s mug-shot appears on screen. |

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REYNOLDS (CONT’D)(O.S)|

...and is designated extremely |

dangerous. |

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Danny glances up casually and looks at the mug-|

shot. He reacts --something deep and disturbing |

to him. |

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CUT TO BLACK:
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SUPER CAPTION:
DANIEL MAYS |

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CUT TO:
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INT. SOUTH FERRY STATION. DOWNSTAIRS CORRIDOR |

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Reynolds leads the 17 uniformed officers |

including Danny, Rod, Jackie and Hari along a |

narrow corridor at fast walking pace. Danny |

wears a fixed look of grim intensity, a man on a |

mission. |

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REYNOLDS |

Senior AFO is Inspector McAndrew. |

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MCANDREW |

Sir. |

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REYNOLDS |

You’ll operate out of four |

vehicles, each crew to be |

positioned on the suspect’s |

possible routes of travel, awaiting |

Gold Commander’s orders to |

intercept. |

(Off clipboard.)|

Crew assignments are as follows: |

Victor Charlie Four Zero, McAndrew |

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MCANDREW |

Sir. |

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REYNOLDS |

Lambert. |

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O’CONNOR |

Sir |

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REYNOLDS |

Chappell. |

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CHAPPELL |

Sir. |

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01:27

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REYNOLDS |

Miller. |

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MILLER |

Sir. |

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REYNOLDS |

Victor Charlie Five Zero, Waldron. |

DANNY:

Sir.

SUPER CAPTION:
MARTIN COMPSTON

INT. SOUTH FERRY STATION. ARMOURY. |

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Moments later. |

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McAndrew takes over the briefing as the 17 |

firearms officers sign for their firearms. |

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MCANDREW |

You will each sign that you |

understand the law regarding the |

legal use of force as outlined by |

the SFC. You will each sign out |

your weapon. You will each sign out |

the type of ammunition and the |

number of rounds. |

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In a row, the firearms teams all sign the forms |

--there are boxes to fill in relating to |

regulations, weapons and ammunition. We see the |

details of the forms. |

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Then we see the weapons and ammunitions being |

issued to the officers. |

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Danny loads his gun, his face a mask. |

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CUT TO BLACK:
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SUPER CAPTION:
ADRIAN DUNBAR CRAIG PARKINSON |

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CUT TO:
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INT. SOUTH FERRY STATION. GARAGE. |

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Moments later. A warning alarm starts up and |

then the metal gates start to go up. |

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CUT TO BLACK:
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VICKY McCLURE |

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CUT TO:
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10:
01:56

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01:59

McAndrew and the 16 other officers hurry out to |

four unmarked vans waiting with engines running. |

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MCANDREW |

Come on. Go, go, go, go! |

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The teams disperse to their respective vehicles. |

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MCANDREW (CONT’D)|

Go, go, go, go. Come on. |

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McAndrew and her lot into the first van. |

Danny, Rod, Jackie and Hari board the second |

van. The others go into the third and fourth. |

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McAndrew’s Van pulls away. Danny is sitting up |

front in his van. |

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DANNY |

Go. |

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The gates slide all the way up and the vans |

lurch out of the garage, two through each gate. |

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The Vans exit South Ferry Station Sirens |

blasting. |

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The Vans Radio’s crackle across the airwaves. |

Radio checks. |

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MCANDREW (OUT OF RADIO)|

Four Zero. Radio check. |

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DANNY (OUT OF RADIO)|

Five Zero, Radio Check. |

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CUT TO BLACK:
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SUPER CAPTION:
LINE OF DUTY |

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MALE AFO (OUT OF RADIO)|

Six Zero. Radio Check. |

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FEMALE AFO (OUT OF RADIO)|

Seven Zero. Radio Check. |

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EXT. SOUTH FERRY STATION. ROAD. |

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The convoy leaves the station behind and hits |

city streets. |

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MCANDREW (OUT OF RADIO)|

Four Zero... |

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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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