Line of Duty – Series Two (feat. Birmingham)

Line of Duty Returns

Hit BBC drama Line of Duty returned to our screens on 12th February 2014 with some familiar faces returning from series one and some new faces, in the form of Ashes to Ashes star Keeley Hawes, and a whole new storyline for Ac-12 to investigate.

Line of Duty series one was shot on location in Birmingham, although the actual setting remained undisclosed, however series two was filmed entirely in Belfast. With funding from the Northern Ireland Screen Fund and additional support from Invest NI and part funding by the European Regional Development Fund the move to Belfast was not a great surprise, but I for one was disappointed that the show was not to return to the streets of Birmingham.

During the dramatic climax to episode one, we did however get a brief glimpse of Birmingham. The view from the Intensive Care Unit window, whilst slightly higher than the exterior of the building dictated and partly obscured by a falling body, was of Broad Street in Birmingham, as the screen grab below clearly shows.

The view from the ICU window reveals Broad Street, Birmingham as the street below. You can see the Central Library, Hall of Memory, Town Hall and the Council House.

The view from the ICU window reveals Broad Street, Birmingham as the street below. You can see the Central Library, Hall of Memory, Town Hall and the Council House.

The Library of Birmingham under construction can be seen through the closed window.

The Library of Birmingham under construction can be seen through the closed window.

A few seconds later there is a shot through a closed window and you can see the construction site of the new Library of Birmingham, complete with a large yellow crane.

So it appears that the producers still have a bit of a soft spot for the streets of Birmingham after all, and I will now be keeping a keen eye open for the rest of the series to see if they drop any further Birmingham scenes into the show.

Regardless of the location change this show continues to deliver high quality drama and the new storyline and the new character of DI Denton, played superbly by Keeley Hawes, has certainly given the show the edge it needed to replace the fantastic Lennie James, who played the AC-12 target Tony Gates in Series One.

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