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Line of Duty: a victim of its own success

The (possible) conclusion of the police corruption BBC series inevitably failed to satisfy its intense fan base. But season six’s flat finale was a frustrating end to a gripping programme

By Lucinda Smyth  

Steve Arnott and Kate Fleming. Photo: Collection Christophel / Alamy Stock Photo

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According to rumour, whenever the writers on Eastenders run out of ideas, they turn to classical Greek tragedy for inspiration. Plotlines from ancient plays are allegedly tacked to the wall of the writers’ room, and if there’s ever the need for a bit of amped-up drama, they’ll just shove one in to “make it Greek.” Ronnie Mitchell has a secret daughter? Oedipus Rex. Tanya Branning murders her cheating husband by burying him alive? Medea meets Antigone. Denny Rickman Jr dies after he is locked in a room by Ian Beale to get revenge on his father? Shades of The Oresteia.  Implausible as it…

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