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Policing across borders: Line of Duty and the politics of national identity

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In this article, I argue that the first series of Line of Duty (2012–) invites viewers to consider the wider politicized function of the police as well as depictions of criminality in Britain. I describe how the series reflects a broader shift in the understanding of the British crime drama as not simply a reproduction of national concerns, but in relation to new discourses of transnational anxiety. I analyse how representations of crime and criminality are viewed through the lens of current news media trends to examine the relationship between the British crime drama and the wider socio-economic and political concerns in which articulations of both national and increasingly transnational identities can become visible.
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Keywords: British television; Jed Mercurio; capitalism; crime drama; identity; terrorism

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Southampton Solent University

Publication date: October 1, 2014

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