Line of Duty (BBC Two, 9pm), about corrupt coppers and those who investigate them, got off to a rollicking and gripping start to its second series. Jessica Raynes of Call the Midwife fame joined the cast only to be chucked out a window at the end, oh no! I didn’t see that coming. Keeley Hawes was good as the unpopular DI suspected of tipping off those who conducted an ambush in which two of her colleagues died. While the rest of the office barrels out to the pub for lunch, Hawes sits in her office, carefully shaking her crisps out the packet next to her sandwich – a neat little vignette. I can’t wait for next week to see what happens, definitely gripping.
The second episode of Inside No 9 was entirely without dialogue until the very end, being a slapstick caper about two inept burglars trying to steal a millionaire’s artwork. It was quite inventive, but not as good as the opener.
On Channel 4 at 10pm was the return of First Dates which makes for good TV. There was the cougar who was paired with a massive hunk of an ex-soldier and you could tell by the lascivious glint in her eye she was pleased. I think anyone would have been, he was gorgeous. Bit rude though: he asked his date outright if her dogs were a replacement for kids and how old she was. BIt insensitive. She didn’t seem to mind though, I don’t think she was after his personality. I liked at the end that they gave an update of what happened to the couples after the show which they didn’t in the last series. One couple had been on seven dates and met eachother’s parents. Nice.