Best British TV Crime Drama Crown …?


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It turns out that great TV dramas are like buses: you wait forever for a decent one to come and suddenly you’re spoiled for two – the ITV show Unforgotten and the BBC icon Line of Duty are giving us life right now.

Both are classmates who hold their own on the world television scene, not just on home soil.

But if we had to crown the best British TV crime drama, which show deserves the award more?

Let’s not be so forensically breaking down various aspects of the series and its merits …

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Unforgotten’s Sanjeev Bhaskar and Nicola Walker share incredible on-screen chemistry (Image credit: ITV)

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The protagonists in Line of Duty and Unforgotten

Both dramas deserve a pat on the back for taking a risk on their leading actors – while they are all household names now, it’s fair to say that neither Adrian Dunbar, Martin Compston and Vicky McClure, nor Nicola Walker and Sanjeev Bhaskar’s obvious names were when the first series of programs aired.

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The Line of Duty Three Musketeers – The Pals We All Would Like To Have (Credit: BBC)

However, they had all demonstrated their acting talent in other prestigious productions.

Both shows won chemistry gold with their leading trio or duo.

Unforgettable inch of victory here – as we’ve seen more of Cassie’s and Sunny’s personal lives, this added an extra layer to their relationship and the performances of the actors.

The guest cast

They both killed it – Sheila Hancock, Susan Lynch, Tom Courtenay, and Gemma Jones to name a few, but some have graced Unforgotten, along with Line of Duty who at one point supported the cast of Neil Morrissey and Marc Bonnar.

Susan Lynch joins the cast of the fourth series of Unforgotten
Susan Lynch currently stars in the fourth series of Unforgotten (Credit: ITV)

But just look at the Line of Duty guest leads – Lennie James, Keeley Hawes, Daniel Mays, Stephen Graham, Thandie Newton, and now Kelly Macdonald. When the list gets cooler, we need to wrap our televisions in a blanket.

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Kelly Macdonald is the latest in a long line of phenomenal line-of-duty guest leads (Credit: BBC).

the authors

Chris Lang, who writes Unforgotten, and Jed Mercurio, maestro behind Line of Duty, are at the top of their game giving us other TV gifts like Dark Heart and Innocent (ITV tidbits worth looking up, though You missed them) and Bodyguard and Bodies – If you haven’t seen Bodies boy, you have to watch –

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Jed Mercurio penetrates the belly of multiple worlds (Credit: Splash)

For his reach – he works in the fields of medicine, politics and the police – Jed simply puts Chris in the winning position.

The actions of Unforgotten and Line of Duty

In the spectrum of cop dramas, the two dramas are miles apart. The cold fall of the Unforgotten stories allows us to see the lives of the suspects who believe or pray daily that they got away with murder and gradually dissolve as Cassie and Sunny delve deeper into the crime.

Where do I start with Line of Duty? What a jumble of deceit, violence, and interconnected stories Jed weaves.

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Terry Boyle was a peripheral Line of Duty character but is now the focus (Credit: BBC)

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Line of Duty receives the gold star for the way in which Mr. Mercurio holds details together seamlessly.

So there we go when we would have To determine a winner, Line of Duty would deliver the acceptance speech.

Maybe the two should just make the audience’s dreams come true and create a hybrid … Unforgotten Duty? !!

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