Like other police units, AC-12 catches criminals-but the offenders it investigates are fellow officers. When a police convoy is ambushed, leaving three cops dead and a protected witness seriously injured, AC-12 focuses its attention on the one officer who managed to escape the attack unscathed: Detective Inspector Lindsay Denton (Keeley Hawes, Spooks, Ashes to Ashes
Under the direction of Superintendent Ted Hastings (Adrian Dunbar, Ashes to Ashes
), partners Detective Sergeant Steve Arnott (Martin Compston, The Great Train Robbery, Ice Cream Girls
) and Detective Constable Kate Fleming (Vicky McClure, This is England, Broadchurch
) begin to put the pieces of the case together. Their investigation takes them ever higher up the police hierarchy, all the way to the top ranks of the force. Hailed as "the most enjoyable series the BBC has produced in a long time" (Sunday Times
, U.K.), the thriller is "back with a bang" (Daily Telegraph
, U.K.) in this six-part second series. 2 DVDs, approx. 369 minutes, SDH.
After a police convoy is ambushed, the investigation centers on DI Lindsay Denton, the sole survivor. Why did Denton allow a police convoy to proceed without backup and without firearms? Why take the route she did? How did the ambushers know? Denton quickly goes from valuable witness to prime suspect.
Evidence against Denton begins to mount, but she won't go down without a fight. The increasingly erratic detective begins to uncover past actions that put her investigators--DS Arnott, DC Fleming, and Superintendent Hastings--on the defensive.
Targeted while in prison, Denton confides to Fleming why she thinks she is being set up. Meanwhile, the mutilated body of a teenage girl is found buried under a collapsed garage door.
Denton alleges a high-level conspiracy and cover-up. Only when she is granted special dispensation to leave prison to visit her dying mother do Arnott and Fleming begin to realize the danger she is in.
While Denton fights for her life, details emerge of her relationship with a senior police officer. Hastings faces the prospect of having to confront a superior who holds the superintendent's future in his hands.
As more facts about the ambush start to emerge, Denton seems to have found an advocate and ally in Arnott. Fleming takes a different view, however, and is determined to prove both of them wrong.
- Behind-the-scenes footage
- Deleted and extended scenes
- Interviews with the cast and crew
Packaging: Boxed set
Run Time: 369 minutes, plus bonus programming
Number of Discs: 2
Color or B&W: Color
Region Code: 1
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Rating: NR. Contains coarse language.
"Five stars" --The Daily Telegraph (UK)
"Addictive" --The Sunday Times (UK)
"Exceptionally brilliant" --The Mail on Sunday (UK)
BAFTA Awards, Scotland Award Nomination for Best Actor - Television (Mark Bonnar, 2014)
Broadcasting Press Guild Awards Nomination for Best Drama Series/Serial (2013)
Crime Thriller Awards, UK, Dagger Award Win for Best Leading Actress (Keeley Hawes, 2014)
Crime Thriller Awards, UK, Dagger Award Nomination for Best Supporting Actress (Vicky McClure, 2014)
Crime Thriller Awards, UK, Dagger Award Nomination for Best TV Drama, Serial or Season (2014)
Crime Thriller Awards, UK, Dagger Award Nomination for Best TV Drama, Serial or Season (2012)
Freesat Free TV Awards, UK, Award Win for Best TV Drama (Series 2, 2014)
Royal Television Society, UK, Craft & Design Award Win for Best Tape and Film Editing: Drama (2014)
Royal Television Society, UK, RTS Television Award Nomination for Best Actor - Male (Lennie James, 2013)
Royal Television Society, UK, RTS Television Award Nomination for Best Writer - Drama (Jed Mercurio, 2013)
Royal Television Society, UK, RTS Television Award Nomination for Best Drama Series (2013)