It’s the BBC’s hit crime drama that everyone will be talking about when season six returns to our TVs.
The anti-corruption unit the show revolves around is part of the fictional Central Police, the exact jurisdiction of which is unknown.
Throughout the series, the exact filming locations and sights were kept secret by the BBC and made purposely vague.
But they work a lot with the East Midlands Constabulary and it’s heavily implied playing in Birmingham – with the 2012 first season being filmed in our city.
The first few episodes featured several famous Birmingham landmarks, which made it pretty obvious where filming was taking place.
Indoor shots were filmed at the Queen’s Arms, a famous Grade II listed pub on Newhall Street, while viewers also discovered landmarks like the old central fire station in Lancaster Circus, Heartlands Parkway and News Street.
While the old town bank on Broad Street served as the original headquarters for AC-12.
Eagle-eyed viewers would have spotted several other giveaways filmed in Birmingham, including phone numbers with the area code 0121.
There were also maps of the city on the walls that revealed the game – with some astute fans spotting a map of Bordesley Green on the walls of the CID.
Filming was obviously a lot easier on season one as no one knew what the show was or who many of the actors were.
Choosing a location clearly – with very recognizable faces like Martin Compston, Vicky McClure, and Adrian Dunbar – is a tougher task.
But armchair detectives who could likely take on a role in AC-12 have detective skills that even Ted Hastings would be proud of.
Many managed to figure out where the cameras were rolling when filming for the subsequent series moved to Northern Ireland.
The Line of Duty gang went to Belfast without much fanfare from the BBC, but again astute viewers managed to find out where the crime drama was filmed.
Many locals discovered their popular spots in the background from scenes such as the prominent buildings of St. Anne’s Cathedral and Obel Tower.
The Belfast Central Library on Royal Avenue was used as Police Headquarters in the show, while the Invest Northern Ireland building on Bedford Street was used for exterior shots of the offices of AC-12.
While the BBC is still up to date on filming locations, Line of Duty creator Jed Mercurio has been talking about filming in Northern Ireland.
“We had a fantastic experience filming in Northern Ireland. We had an incredible hospitality. It’s also a very film-friendly area,” he told Good Morning Britain in 2018.
“The shooting permission and support you get from the local community is second to none. And I would definitely recommend Northern Ireland as a location for anyone to film.”
This morning’s host Eamonn Holmes, who is from North Belfast, has been trying to guess the locations and asking for help Twitter Pendant.
In 2019 he tweeted: “tweeted” So treat me to the #LineOfDuty locations in Belfast. Tate’s Avenue with the phone booth and central library on Royal Avenue reappeared … but where was the industrial park hijacking, the downtown police station, and the various house calls? Any ideas?”
Stephen Graham, who played undercover cop John Corbett in the fifth series, announced that he was almost mistaken for a real criminal while filming in Belfast.
“There was a bit when we just robbed and shot down and we were actually driving the streets of Belfast with our balaclavas and machine guns in the car,” he explained.
“We found we’d better get back on the set. That was pretty fun, but wouldn’t have been too funny if people had seen it.”
Due to the outbreak of the Coronavirus With last year’s pandemic, the decision was made to stop production and filming was postponed much later in the year.
Filming had started in Belfast in February but was stopped in March due to Covid-19 and only resumed in August and September.
“It’s been a few months and it’s going to be a different way of working than when we left, but I’m really excited to be back with the Line Of Duty team,” said Martin Compston as she returned went to work.
The team implemented industrial Covid protocols to ensure that filming was safe and that those who weren’t on screen had to wear face masks.
In September, Martin and Vicky were spotted filming intense scenes in Belfast that are sure to have caused quite a stir.
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The actors were embroiled in a terrible armed conflict with a ton of police, and lives remained in the air.
It was clearly a cold day during filming as most of the people put their hands in their pockets during the cool filming.
Vicky was on set, wrapping herself in an orange hoodie and wearing a face mask between scenes, while Martin wrapped himself in a black coat and kept things casual in joggers and sneakers between his scenes.
* Line of Duty airs on BBC One on Sundays at 9 p.m.