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We quizzed Vicky McClure on the Line of Duty acronyms, and the results were brilliant

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Do you know all the Line of Duty acronyms? Well, turns out, neither does Vicky McClure…

When Line of Duty came back onto our screens this March after a tense two-year wait, it’s fair to say that the show dominated conversation in the Stylist office.

The thrilling, detail-driven storylines and stand-out cast have had us on the edge of our seats all the way through season five, commanding our attention from the opening seconds to the closing scene of every episode. 

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At the heart of the cast is Vicky McClure, who plays DI Kate Fleming. When we had the pleasure of interviewing McClure, we were keen to quiz her on her thoughts about one of our favourite shows, but also to see if with filming behind her, she knows her ACCs from her AFOs.

 You see, one of many things we love about screenwriter Jed Mercurio who helped create the show, is that he always assumes intelligence in the TV audience watching his gripping dramas and never dumbs down happenings to help us follow what’s going on – and police terminology is no exception.

But, while we appreciate this, if you’re anything like us you might have got a little confused by some of the police acronyms and legal terminology used in Line of Duty.

We’ve whipped up a guide to all of the abbreviations in the show for those at home, but we weren’t about to let McClure off the hook so easily. We tested the actor, not only on some of Line of Duty’s most difficult acronyms, but threw some social media slang in there too just to confuse her. Aren’t we mean?

When it came to the basics McClure didn’t let herself down, answering D.C.I as detective constable inspector correctly. 

And then there were some slightly less technical terms, such as F.O.M.O. “Fear of missing out? I get that quite a lot. Because I do like to stay in and then I see everyone out and then I go ‘ah maybe I should have gone.’ But I’m usually in my PJs,” says McClure.

Although she might have started off well, when it came to A.R.U (which is actually armed response unit), McClure was absolutely stumped. “No idea, have I said that?”

We won’t give all the answers away here, though. Watch the video above and test yourself along with McClure and see how many you get right.

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Megan Murray is a digital journalist for stylist.co.uk, who enjoys writing about London happenings, beautiful places, delicious morsels and generally spreading sparkle wherever she can.

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