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A Disastrous Affair 

After a bungled raid which kills an innocent man young DS Steve Arnott faces disgrace. However he is transferred to the anti-corruption squad, whose head, superintendent Ted Hastings, gives... See full summary »


David Caffrey


Jed Mercurio

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Martin Compston ... Arnott
Darren Morfitt Darren Morfitt ... PS Colin Brackley
Owen Teale ... CI Osborne
Elizabeth Hill Elizabeth Hill ... Aaliyah Ali's Solicitor
Neal Foster Neal Foster ... Coroner
Adrian Dunbar ... Hastings
Lennie James ... DCI Tony Gates
Gina McKee ... Jackie
Elisa Lasowski ... Nadzia Wojcik
Martin Buchan Martin Buchan ... Chief Constable
Neil Morrissey ... Morton
Craig Parkinson ... Cottan
Faraz Ayub ... DC Deepak Kapoor
Paul Higgins ... Hilton
Jordyn-Eve Davis Greene Jordyn-Eve Davis Greene ... Natalie Gates


After a bungled raid which kills an innocent man young DS Steve Arnott faces disgrace. However he is transferred to the anti-corruption squad, whose head, superintendent Ted Hastings, gives him a "very special case" to investigate - DCI Tony Gates, recently awarded a medal for heroic conduct but with a suspiciously high arrest rate. Hastings tries to get Gates on minor bribery charges, in vain, and is unaware that the married Gates has covered up a fatal hit-and-run by his lover, businesswoman Jackie Laverty. Meanwhile DC Kate Fleming joins Gates's team and tells Steve she is investigating him from the inside following the deaths of two drug dealers. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Release Date:

21 August 2012 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


A Disastrous Affair is the first episode of Line of Duty which was first broadcast on the BBC channel, BBC Two on the 26 June 2012. See more »


During the inquest into the death of the misidentified suicide bomber, the coroner is wearing judicial robe and wig. This is inaccurate: though a judge, coroners are outside the rule of the Lord Chancellor and the broader judicial system and so wear formal, everyday clothing. See more »


References EastEnders (1985) See more »

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Poor script and Camera operator driving me crazy ....
8 July 2019 | by ronalamont-91472See all my reviews

Others have given a run down of the plot so I'll miss this out and give no spoilers. I'm at episode three of season one and I'm hoping the series improves like so many reviewers have commented. I thought the writing of the first few episodes was weak, the acting very predictable given what they had to work with and the camera work most annoying. The combination of cinematic and reality TV show styles really bugged me. Also some scenes turned "soap opera" instead of "film" which took me out of the action. The plot is very unlikely and I, too, am touting for the "bad guy" at this point although his childish retorts are getting me down. Compared to shows like UNFORGOTTEN or BROADCHURCH or VERA ... this show is amateurish.

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