The BBC’s ‘Line of Duty’ police drama is a powerful, compelling drama, watched by (series 5) by over 8 million viewers across the UK, – and shot in and around Belfast. Today, with a few minutes to spare I stopped at one of its favourite locations, TATE’S AVENUE, to make some images of the area.
Tate’s Avenue, in the south of the city runs between Lisburn Road and Boucher Road, a busy thoroughfare with a bridge that takes it over Donegall Avenue. Many of the LoD scenes were shot in this area, including a major shoot-out.
Tate’s Avenue, Belfast.
There’s lots of street art and emblems that would NOT be typical of a street outside Belfast, and for the filming these were removed. I’m told by a resident of Donegal Avenue that this required some very diplomatic negotiations with the local residents, and that any items removed had to be returned!
In the first episode of series 5, you may have heard Superintendent Ted Hastings use the familiar Belfast colloquialism, “Do you think I floated up the Lagan in a bubble?” The Lagan is the river flowing through Belfast, and here’s a scene from the river, just above the Governor’s Bridge at Stranmillis:-
“Do you think I floated up the Lagan in a bubble?”