AC-12 are back after a fevered two-year wait – and, as ever, not a scene, line or beat is wasted

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You at the back, sit up straight. And everyone put their listening ears on. Here’s the list of all the things you’re going to need to understand series five of Line of Duty, which has returned to our screens after a fevered two-year wait.

1. OCG stands for organised crime group (or gang, depending on how formal you want to be).

2. UCO stands for undercover officer.

3. AC-12, as ever, refers to the beleaguered forms of DS Steve Arnott (Martin Compston), newly promoted DI Kate Fleming (Vicky McClure) and Supt Ted Hastings (Adrian Dunbar), the unit in charge of investigating police corruption. Who guards the guardians? These guys.

4. Kate used to be a UCO.

5. Last series, PC Maneet Bindra (Maya Sondhi) became a reluctant informer for ACC Derek Hilton, who turned out to be a veritable lodestone of police corruption before he apparently killed himself in the final episode.

6. Martin Compston is a Scot. You don’t need to know this, I just like to remind people occasionally that he is not only doing the same filigree acting work as the rest of the cast, but he’s doing it in an unnatural accent. Linguistically, he’s doing everything backwards and in high heels – the Ginger Rogers of AC-12.

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