“Mother of God”
The Fans of the BBC police drama Line of Duty might be missing the action from Superintendent Hastings, Detective Inspector Arnott and DI Fleming after series six finished. There is no word of a series seven yet, but fans can get a taste for Line of Duty on this Belfast city tour while they wait for news.
Hastings Hotels and McComb’s Coach Travel have combined to create the tour – the Line of Duty Experience, on dates during July to September.
It begins with lunch in Grand Café in Belfast’s Grand Central Hotel which is located beside the Invest NI building – the setting for AC-12 HQ. Before an action-packed guided tour on board a luxurious coach which takes in some of the most recognisable filming locations.
There will be various stops across the City Centre including ‘Pelbury House’ the headquarters of the Central Police force. It was the backdrop for Ted Hastings’ famous peaked-cap adjustments.
‘Kingsgate Printing Services’, the building used as a front for members of the OCG (Organised Crime Gang) and the lorry park where Kate shot Ryan Pilkington before doing a runner with Jo Davidson in series six will be a key part of the tour.
And the iconic subway location, the favourite meeting point for Steve and Kate to have their secret rendezvous, will be the most striking spot to get that LOD selfie.
Visitors will get the chance to visit the sites of some of the most memorable car chases. Including the crash from series six when DC Chloe and DI Arnott were transporting Jimmy Lakewell from prison to AC-12 HQ, to interrogate him when the police convoy was attacked.
And the bridge where DI Fleming dramatically fired an assault rifle at a fleeing four-wheel drive, killing her dodgy partner and crime gang mole, Dot Cotton, will also feature.
Other filming locations on the tour include Brentiss Prison, which viewers watched prisoners being escorted to. And Tresco Storage, the company used in series three by Danny Waldron to store the decapitated head of Linus Murphy which was later discovered by Steve.
Who’s the bent copper
Remember in the opening episode of series six that first made viewers suspect that DCI Davidson was a bent copper? When en route to raid the address of a murder suspect, she redirected the convoy to Hickey’s Bookmakers for what she ‘suspected’ was an armed robbery.
The tour finishes with an AC12 cocktail or Wee Donkey mocktail in the Observatory, Ireland’s tallest cocktail bar.
The Line of Duty Experience takes place on 3, 17 and 31, July 14 and 28, August and 11 and 25 September. Tickets are £49pp (approx. €57) and can be booked at mccombscoaches.com or call 048 9086 6162.