Line of Duty returns to the streaming platform Netflix, according to Deadline. The drama series is back again on Netflix across Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Europe and Asia-Pacific. Seasons 1-4 will also be restored in the UK, though the full catalog is currently available on BBC iPlayer. BritBox holds the U.S. rights, according to Deadline.
The series was removed from the platform in April after the collapse of production empire Kew Media Group and its distribution arm Kew Media Distribution, and is being restored due to a new deal Netflix created with World Productions. Netflix originally negotiated Kew Media administrator FTI Consulting an offer to maintain licenses for Line Of Duty, and other shows through this distribution. FTI is understood to have rejected these terms, leading to a break down in talks, according to Deadline. Ultimately, after Quiver Entertainment took over Kew Media’s library last month, Netflix directly organized with World Productions.
Line of Duty surrounds the story of a controversial police anticorruption unit, AC-12. The series stars Martin Compston (Sweet Sixteen) as Arnott, Vicky McClure (This is England) as Fleming and Adrian Dunbar (The Crying Game) as Hastings. The show has been nominated for multiple BAFTA awards, including a nomination for Dunbar as Best Supporting Actor in 2018.
According to Deadline, ITV Studios acquired the rights to sell Season 6 of Line Of Duty internationally. The producer-distributor that owns World Productions aims to represent all six seasons of the show, but would not comment on how it intends to make this happen.