Line of Duty: Everything we learnt from Jo Davidsons interview with AC-12 – Belfast Live

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Sunday night’s episode of Line of Duty saw the long-awaited return of one of the show’s best tropes – a meaty interview scene between AC-12 and a suspected corrupt officer.

This time, it was Jo Davidson who was in the firing line, up against a much-hampered AC-12, now under the command of Superintendent Patricia Carmichael.

The interview came after Jo and Kate had been arrested, having fled the scene following Ryan Pilkington’s murder.

While the interview seemed to begin as an uneventful one, with Jo replying “No comment” to every question, we eventually got ourselves a handful of answers at the end of the 30-minute grilling.

Here’s everything we learnt during Jo’s interview:

Tommy Hunter was Jo’s uncle and her father

Jo begins the interview with an implacable demeanor, appearing like she’s not going to give any information away.

This quickly breaks down, however, when Arnott informs her that forensic reports indicate that Tommy Hunter was her father, as well as her uncle. This shocks Jo, who breaks from her not responding and eventually tells her interviewers that she knew her mother had been raped, but not these details.

Tommy Hunter groomed Jo for the police force

As AC-12 chip away at Jo’s tough exterior, the DCI admits that her mother, Samantha Davidson, took her own life.

When asked about it, Jo says that she was “born into it” (meaning a family of organised crime). Jo says that Tommy controlled her mum’s life, then, when she was 16, he forced Jo to join the police and be under his control.

Jo won’t reveal the identity of the person she thought her father was

Despite revealing a lot about her tangled family history, Jo doesn’t answer Steve Arnott’s questions about the person who she thought was her father.

Is there another important detail, concerning him, which is yet to be revealed?

Tommy Hunter was killed by the OCG and it split following this

Jo told us a lot of information which filled in some of the blanks from previous seasons of Line of Duty. She tells AC-12 that she believed that Tommy Hunter was killed not just because he was an informant, but also because he planned to expose all the corrupt officers in his network. Police officers, including Matthew Cottan, were involved in the killing.

Most of this is known to viewers, but Jo confirms more details. She says that Tommy “held it all together” in the OCG, and that his death led to the OCG splitting into different factions.

Jo was messaging someone, possibly H, who had an IP address in Spain

A search of Jo Davidson’s house uncovered her laptop, which she used to contact someone, possibly H, who forced her to do his/her corrupt biddings.

It is revealed that the laptop she was in communication with had an IP address in Spain, which leads Hastings to suspect that the person on the other end of it may well be Marcus Thurwell.

Jo orchestrated the events which were depicted in Episode 1

Having avoided questioning for several minutes at the start of the interview, Jo does a complete 180 and admits to almost all of the discrepancies in the Gail Vella investigation which led to AC-12 becoming involved in the first place.

She admits to planting burner phones at Farida Jatri’s house. Admits to the delays and leaking information which allowed Carl Banks to get away. Admits to her part in the staged armed robbery which slowed her team down from capturing the suspect. Admits to manipulating the mistakes in the surveillance, saying that it was easy to frame them as being Ian Buckells’ fault. Admits to planting Gail Vella’s files in his vehicle. Admits that Deborah Devereux’s involvement was part of a set-up. And admits that the images in Terry Boyle’s flat appeared to have been planted.

She also says that she faltered in the end, because she couldn’t go through with setting up Terry Boyle up for Vella’s murder.

As an aside from this, her information leads to Carmichael raising the prospect that proceedings against Buckells should be discontinued.

Jo says she found Gail Vella’s laptop – but only after interviewing Terry Boyle

With Carmichael having put a tracker on Steve’s car, the interview team is able to work out that Jo and Kate went to the Kingsgate Printing Services after fleeing from the scene of Ryan’s death.

Forensic teams then uncovered Gail Vella’s computers, which had been stolen following her murder.

Jo says that she was leading Kate Fleming there to uncover the evidence, to prove that she’s not bent.

Jo then says that she didn’t hide the evidence for months. She only began to suspect it was at the print shop following Terry Boyle’s arrest. However, Jo never ordered an official search of the shop, meaning we don’t know whether any of this is true or not.

Someone in Gail Vella’s newsroom might have been blackmailed into giving up her passwords

There were lots of small details in this interview which may be developed further down the line. One of them is raised by Steve, who suggests that the OCG would only have access to Gail Vella’s computers if an employee in Gail Vella’s news service was bribed or blackmailed into providing passwords.

Who is this employee? Could they be important?

Jo steers clear of answering questions about Marcus Thurwell

Having given a lot detail about her personal history, as well as her involvement with organised crime, Jo clams up again when asked about Marcus Thurwell.

Hastings puts to her his suspicions that Thurwell, who is located in Spain, was the one she was messaging, meaning he could well be ‘H’.

Jo gives a firm “No comment” to all these questions. The fact that this isn’t an outright denial of knowing Thurwell is interesting in itself.

Similarly, the fact that Patricia Carmichael shuts down Hastings’ line of questioning about Thurwell on two occasions is interesting as well.

Is there something about Thurwell that Jo, Carmichael – or perhaps both – don’t want uncovered?

Jo takes the fall for Kate’s killing of Ryan Pilkington

In perhaps the most important moment of the interview, Jo took the fall for Kate’s killing of Ryan Pilkington.

Jo concocts the story that Kate was forced by Ryan to hand over her firearm to Jo, who then turned it on Ryan. She then says she returned the firearm to Kate and took Ryan’s.

Jo defends herself, and her story, by saying that she acted in accordance with her role as a police officer, and managed to save Kate’s life. Carmichael, for her own part, clearly doesn’t buy the story, but doesn’t appear to have enough to refute it.

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