Ready? Here goes then: Line of Duty (now BBC1), volume four. And a woman is hit by a car, then bundled in. Kidnapped. Already the heart rate’s up. She needs help, quickly. The police – led by DCI Roz Huntley (Thandie Newton, about whom more later) – are on it, and they have already decided it’s the same balaclava-wearing abductor of two other women.
The car is traced to an estate. The trail leads to a house. Boom, there’s an explosion, but the suspect has escaped out the back. (Why didn’t Roz the rozzer send someone round there?) Wait, there’s a shout from inside the house, which is now on fire; a woman – the kidnapped one, Hana – is chained to the radiator. Bolt cutters! Quick!
Phew, she’s out, just in time. And one of the registered residents of the property is a young man called Michael, described as a loner and on the sex offenders register. Bingo! He has just started his night shift, quick, pick him up. Gotcha!
Line of Duty’s Jed Mercurio: ‘
We’re less than 10 minutes in, and I’m a wreck. He likes to start a series using jump leads and a defibrillator, does LoD creator (he is now directing as well as writing) Jed Mercurio.