Think you have what it takes to join the ranks of AC-12? (Picture: BBC/World Productions)
Reckon you’d be an asset to AC-12? Line of Duty fans can now (sort of) follow in the footsteps of their favourite coppers by going on a Line of Duty filming location tour in Belfast.
Series six of the BBC’s Line of Duty, which concluded over a month ago, featured an array iconic sites in the show as Kate Fleming (Vicky McClure), Steve Arnott (Martin Compston) and the gaffer Ted Hastings (Adrian Dunbar) sought out the ‘Fourth Man’, uncovering H once and for all.
From the graffitied underpass where the former AC-12 colleagues shared not-so-inconspicuous tête-à-têtes to the secluded car park where Kate was lured by Ryan Pilkington (Gregory Piper) and Joanne Davidson (Kelly Macdonald), avid viewers of the crime drama can now go on a tour to see these locations in person.
The aptly-named Hastings Hotels group has teamed up with McComb’s Coach Travel to create the Line of Duty experience, which begins with a meal at Grand Central Hotel in Belfast.
It just so happens that Grand Central Hotel is situated on Bedford Street, right next to the Invest NI building, which serves as the setting for the headquarters of AC-12, Belfast Telegraph reported.
The stops on the tour also include a visit to Pelbury House, the fictional headquarters of the Central Police force in the programme, in addition to the printing shop discovered as a front for members of the OCG.
Fans can recreate their own covert rendezvous (Picture: BBC/World Productions/Chris Barr)
Fans will also be able to check out where several of Line of Duty’s most unforgettable car chases were filmed, including the one in series six that saw Martin have his 007 moment when he expertly shot a sniper above him.
Plus, those who go on the tour will be able to visit Brentiss Prison, where Davidson was transported after she was arrested.
The event isn’t just about walking around the filming locations, as attendees will also be treated to a lunch to start the tour and a cocktail to end at the Observatory cocktail bar.
Jesus, Mary, Joseph and the wee donkey… we like the sound of that.
The car park will likely look quite different in the daylight (Picture: BBC)
Julie Hastings, marketing director of Hastings Hotels, explained that considering the coincidence of the company’s name, organising the Line of Duty tour was meant to be.
‘Given our namesake with everyone’s favourite Superintendent, we had to be the first to launch a Line of Duty Experience,’ she said.
‘We are delighted to team up with McComb’s Coach Travel to create this unique tour which takes in some of the most exciting filming locations across Belfast City Centre, a light lunch and finishing off with Line of Duty inspired cocktails in the Observatory.
‘And while you may not float up the Lagan in a bubble, you will certainly enjoy the best views of Belfast and beyond.’
The Line of Duty Experience is taking place this year on July 3, 17, 31, August 14 and 28 and September 11 and 25, costing £49 per person.
Line of Duty is available to watch on BBC iPlayer.