Cressida Dick mocked over Partygate by AC12 in Line Of Duty parody
Dame Cressida Dick is the latest figure to be spoofed in a parody version of Line Of Duty in which anti-corruption unit AC12 look into ‘partygate’.
In a cleverly edited video, the Met Police commissioner is seen being grilled by Ted Hastings over whether the police force answers to ‘our citizens, or Boris Johnson?’.
The parody clip of the fictional crime show is the second to be created by anti-Brexit activist group Led By Donkeys after the Prime Minister Mr Johnson was edited into police interviews for attending an alleged ‘bring your own booze’ garden party on May 20, 2020.
The video starts with Dame Cressida digitally imposed into an interview room in AC12’s headquarters.
The 61-year-old police officer reads a section of her press briefing announcing an investigation into parties at Downing St in which she says: ‘We have a long-established and effective working relationship with the Cabinet office.’
Dame Cressida Dick is the latest figure to be spoofed in a parody version of Line Of Duty in which anti-corruption unit AC12 look into ‘partygate’
Superintendent Ted Hastings, played by Adrian Dunbar in the series, replies: ‘Who exactly does the Metropolitan Police force work for Ma’am? Our citizens, or Boris Johnson?’
The pieced-together clip then shows Dick staring down at the table as she quietly answers: ‘Downing Street’.
The video, which cleverly edits the commissioner into an episode of the hit BBC show Line of Duty, has been viewed over 1.7 million times in less than 24 hours.
Line of Duty Jed Mercurio shared the video on Twitter, writing: ‘Another important message from @ByDonkeys.’
In a cleverly edited video, the Met Police commissioner is seen being grilled by Ted Hastings over whether the police force answers to ‘our citizens, or Boris Johnson?’
The parody clip features a section of the Met Commissioner’s announcement of an investigation into parties at Downing St in which she says: ‘We have a long-established and effective working relationship with the Cabinet office’
As with the previous clip of the PM, the voice of Superintendent Hastings is so convincing that Twitter users have suggested the actors themselves may have recorded them.
The clip of Dame Cressida comes after the publication of the long-awaited Gray report into alleged lockdown-busting parties in Downing St was thrown into disarray when the Met Commissioner, who had long resisted calls to investigate, announced her officers had opened a criminal inquiry.
Scotland Yard confirmed on Friday evening that it had received the material requested from the Cabinet Office to support its investigation.
The Met had been criticised by legal experts and Tory MPs for urging Ms Gray to limit the publication of her investigation into allegations of lockdown-breaking parties at No 10, but the force insisted it had not delayed the report.
It follows another spoof clip in which Boris Johnson is interviewed about Partygate by an anti-corruption police unit during an episode of Line of Duty was released online
One of the pieces of evidence used in the mock interview was a photo of Boris Johnson at a wine and cheese party on May 17, 2020
The force has also asked for ‘minimal reference’ to be made in the report to the ‘relevant events’, to ‘protect the integrity of the police investigation’.
This has led to questions regarding the timing of Scotland Yard’s announcement.
The Cabinet Office did not offer further comment on when the document would be published.
Dame Cressida herself is actually not a fan of Line of Duty, having said publicly that she was ‘absolutely outraged’ by the portrayal of systemic police corruption in the show.
Dame Cressida herself is actually not a fan of Line of Duty, having said publicly that she was ‘absolutely outraged’ by the portrayal of systemic police corruption in the show. Pictured: Steve Arnott, played by Martin Compston, Ted Hastings (Adrian Dunbar) and Kate Fleming (Vicky McClure)
The commissioner had sat next to the BBC series’ star Vicky McClure at an awards show and was inspired to give the drama a try.
But clearly unimpressed, she told the Radio Times in 2019: ‘I found myself sitting next to the lead actor [Vicky McClure] at an event and I thought she was quite interesting and so I thought, ‘I’d better watch a bit of this’.
‘But I was absolutely outraged by the level of casual and extreme corruption that was being portrayed as the way the police is in 2018-19.
‘It’s so far from that. The standards and the professionalism are so high. But I could see that it was good drama.’
She also branded the Bodyguard, starring Richard Madden as a protection officer for Keeley Hawes’ fictional Home Secretary, as ‘completely ludicrous.’