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Watch the season 5 trailer for Bodyguard creator’s intense cop drama Line of Duty

Bodyguard, starring Game of Thrones alum Richard Madden, isn’t the only thrilling crime drama to come out of the U.K. — Line of Duty is the country’s No. 1 show, and EW has the exclusive trailer for season 5, premiering May 13 in the U.S. on Acorn TV.

Line of Duty — from the same creator of Bodyguard, Jed Mercurio — follows a team from AC-12 investigating corrupt police officers. Series regulars Martin Compston, Vicky McClure, and Adrian Dunbar are joined in the new season by Stephen Graham (Boardwalk Empire‘s Al Capone) as the guest lead (each season features a different one, including The Walking Dead‘s Lennie James in season 1 and Westworld‘s Thandie Newton in season 4). Graham and Rochenda Sandall play John Corbett and Lisa McQueen, “two pivotal figures in a deadly organized crime group,” according to an official synopsis. “Known to have links with corrupt police officers and suspected to be under direct command of the shadowy figure known only as ‘H’, Corbett and McQueen become persons of interest to AC-12 following an explosive chain of events.”

The first four seasons of the series, with six episodes each, are also available to stream on Acorn TV, which specializes in British and international television.

Line of Duty season 5 premieres May 13. Watch the exclusive trailer above.

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After nearly two years, the wait for the new season of Line of Duty is nearly over in the US, thanks to Acorn TV.

Line of Duty Season 5 — Image courtesy of Acorn TV

With its debut last Sunday, Season 5 of Line of Duty became the highest-rated UK program of 2019 and gave BBC One its highest ratings ever for the multiple award-winning series.

Created and written by Jed Mercurio, who also gave us last year’s breakout hit, Bodyguard, Line of Duty returns to telly on this side of the pond on Monday, May 13, 2019.

All six episodes will be available at once.

The story opens with the shooting deaths of three police officers during the hijack of a seized-drugs transport, prompting AC-12, the Met’s anti-corruption unit, to open an investigation into possible police collusion. AC-12 Superintendent Ted Hastings (Adrian Dunbar, Blood), DI Kate Fleming (Vicky McClure, Broadchurch), and DS Steve Arnott (Martin Compston, In Plain Sight) suspect corrupt police officers of leaking information, and as the body count rises, they realize they’re facing their most vicious adversary yet.

Stephen Graham (Boardwalk Empire, “This Is England” trilogy) is the lead guest star in Season 5, playing John Corbett, the ruthless leader of an Organized Crime Group (OCG).

Costarring alongside Graham in Season 5 are Rochenda Sandall (Love, Lies and Records) and Sian Reese-Williams (Hidden).

Reprising their roles for the new season are Tony Pitts (Scott & Bailey) as Detective Superintendent Les Hargreaves and Aiysha Hart (A Discovery of Witches) as DS Sam Railston. Joining the cast is Taj Atwal (In the Club), who plays AC-12 PC Tatleen Sohota.

Elements within the Season 5 storyline originated in earlier seasons, so if you haven’t watched Seasons 1 through 4 — which guest star Lennie James (The Walking Dead), Keeley Hawes (Bodyguard), Daniel Mays (Ashes to Ashes), and Thandie Newton (Westworld) — get thee to Acorn TV and immerse yourself in all 23 episodes.

Then clear your calendars for binge-watching Line of Duty: Season 5, premiering Monday, May 13, 2019.

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U.S. streaming service Acorn TV has nabbed the fifth season of British cop drama Line of Duty, created and written by Bodyguard’s Jed Mercurio. Previous seasons of the BBC drama have premiered on Hulu in the U.S.

The SVOD platform will have the exclusive premiere of the six-part series after striking a deal with distributor Kew Media. It will air it in line with its BBC One premiere in early 2019.

Produced by Bodyguard indie World Productions, the series follows police anti-corruption division AC-12. It stars Vicky McClure, Martin Compston and Adrian Dunbar, while Boardwalk Empire star Stephen Graham has joined the show for season five. Graham plays a pivotal figure in a deadly organized crime group, alongside Broken star Lisa McQueen, that is known to have links to corrupt police officers and suspected to be under direct command of the shadowy figure known only as ‘H’.

Filming is now underway in Belfast, produced by Ken Horn, with executive producers Jed Mercurio, Simon Heath and Priscilla Parish for ITV-owned World Productions, and Tommy Bulfin for BBC One. The series will be directed by John Strickland and Susan Tully.

Acorn TV currently has three seasons of the show on its platform and will launch the Thandie Newton-fronted season four on November 26.

Don Klees, Vice President of Programming for Acorn brands at RLJ Entertainment, called the acquisition a “major coup”. “Acorn TV continues to rapidly grow and remains the go-to destination for the very best in British television as exemplified in our newest acquisition. Line of Duty has always been one of our favorite British thrillers as creator Jed Mercurio and World Productions continue to deliver nail-biting cliffhangers with every new season,” he said.

Simon Heath, CEO & Creative Director of World Productions, added, “We’re delighted that Acorn TV will be the new home of Line of Duty in the States, and pleased that Season five will transmit concurrently with the BBC. No spoilers.”

Jonathan Ford, EVP of Sales at Kew Media Distribution, said, “We’re very pleased to announce that the highly anticipated new season of one of the U.K.’s finest thrillers will make its U.S. debut on Acorn TV, which is renowned for delivering the very best in international content to its viewers. Line of Duty’s gripping storylines packed with unexpected twists and intriguing characters have firmly established the drama as an audience favorite around the world and we’re delighted to see all seasons finding their perfect home in the U.S.”

The premiere date for Line of Duty series 5 has been announced by the BBC.

The highly-anticipated new run of the drama programme will kick off on Sunday, March 31 at 9pm on BBC One.

The fans have already called it. Confirming for the record, #LineOfDuty Series 5 starts on Sunday 31st March on BBC One and BBC [email protected]_McClure @martin_compston @StephenGraham73 @Jed_Mercurio @RochendaSandall pic.twitter.com/oNpYNfQ0nU

— BBC One (@BBCOne) March 18, 2019

Related: Line of Duty series 5 – everything you need to know

The announcement comes two weeks after the series’ first proper trailer was unveiled, which you can watch below:

Meanwhile, Stephen Graham will play a baddie who is a person of interest for AC-12.

The fifth series will see a significant format change as – instead of focusing on a single corrupt police officer – the show will focus on an “organised crime group”.

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“That is the fresh ground that we break in the series,” creator Jed Mercurio teased earlier this year.

“We’ve had these shadowy figures, ‘the Balaclava Men’, who are part of an organised crime group and have featured on and off all through the previous four seasons. But we’ve never really gone behind the mask and identified them as proper characters and found out about them.”

Line of Duty series 5 begins Sunday, March 31 at 9pm on BBC One.

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If you’re as obsessed with Line Of Duty as we are, counting down to series 5 has been more excruciating than waiting for Christmas when you’re a kid. But the good news is, it will be with us very soon! So here’s everything we know about the upcoming fifth series so far.

Line Of Duty series 5 release date

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Hooray! We finally have a proper release date.

The fans have already called it. Confirming for the record, #LineOfDuty Series 5 starts on Sunday 31st March on BBC One and BBC [email protected]_McClure @martin_compston @StephenGraham73 @Jed_Mercurio @RochendaSandall pic.twitter.com/oNpYNfQ0nU

— BBC One (@BBCOne) March 18, 2019

So cancel all plans on Sunday 31st March.

Previously, Martin Compston aka Steve Arnott revealed it might drop in April 2019. During an appearance on Lorraine (10th December), he commented, “I think in about April. We just finish and we hand it over to the BBC schedule Gods, but I think April is about the time it’s expected.” YES.

[email protected]_compston sent #LineOfDuty fans into a frenzy when he reunited with Dot Cottan actor Craig Parkinson… so we could we be seeing him in the new series? #Lorraine pic.twitter.com/faJBq7sUtu

— Lorraine (@lorraine) December 10, 2018

So, what’s Line Of Duty about?

The BBC series follows AC-12, a fictional police squad assigned with uncovering corruption within the police force. And, boy is there a lot of corruption that needs dealing with…

Is Line Of Duty series 5 definitely happening?

You bet! And not just series 5, a sixth series is definitely coming too. After the end of the fourth series, writer Jed Mercurio said that he was hopeful of at least getting to six series before calling it a day.

“I’d definitely like to be able to do a sixth series,” he said. “That means we can approach the fifth series knowing that it’s not going to be the last. “We haven’t even decided if the next antagonist will be male or female, we are that far off from puzzling it out.”

Line Of Duty series 5 filming

Here’s the LOD gang getting stuck into filming

— BBC One (@BBCOne) August 29, 2018

Back to work for AC12! 😉#lineofduty5 pic.twitter.com/tZflii69mp

— Vicky McClure (@Vicky_McClure) August 29, 2018

Line Of Duty series 5 trailer

First we got a teaser…

Then we got this full-blown trailer…

Line Of Duty series 5 cast

We know AC-12’s main three will be back: Supt. Ted Hastings (Adrian Dunbar), DS Kate Fleming (Vicky McClure) and DS – now potentially DI – Steve Arnott (Martin Compston).

And we recently found out who else will be on series 5. Drum roll please…

Stephen Graham!

Stephen in ITV’s Little Boy Blue ITV

A source at The Sun said: “It’s a huge coup for Stephen, even as someone with his long CV. Not only is Line Of Duty one of the hottest dramas on TV but he’s also following in the footsteps of a long line of high-profile signings, including Keeley Hawes and Daniel Mays.

“Producers are also thrilled to have him on board and have a very exciting story lined up. Just as he did in Little Boy Blue recently, he’s sure to have viewers glued to their edge of their seats.”

On 3rd October, it was revealed who Stephan will play in the fifth series of Line Of Duty. He will take on the role of the leader of the mysterious Balaclava Men, John Corbett, who have been causing havoc for AC-12 with a string of brutal crimes, including an attack on DS Steve Arnott.

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Another new character joining the BBC show is Lisa McQueen, played by Rochenda Sandall, who is also a key figure in the organised crime group under the command of the shadowy ‘H’.

— Bloomfields Welch (@bwmgt) October 3, 2018

And Maneet Bindra (played by Maya Sondhi) is also expected to return. Yes, she did leak confidential AC-12 files, and got away with it, but Jed told Digital Spy: “I think that we have to address in the future. Quite how we’ll do that remains to be seen.

Line Of Duty series 5 storyline

While the last series was very much focused on guest Roz’s endeavours, it seems series 5 will be more about the show’s fixed characters

“I want to look at the personal lives of all the regulars in series five,” Jed told the BBC.

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“They’ve taken a backseat in to Roz Huntley, so it would be good to explore that side of things a bit more.

“The regulars are definitely up for doing more,” he added.

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Line of Duty season 6: When is the release date, who is in the cast and is there a trailer?

3 January 2020, 15:07 | Updated: 3 January 2020, 15:18

By Naomi Bartram

@naomibartram

Line Of Duty season six has now been confirmed for 2020 with a brand new trailer.

A brand new video has revealed the likes of Ted Hastings, Kate Fleming and Steve Arnott will be returning to our screens with another series of Line Of Duty this year.

Despite there previously being a two year gap between seasons, the police anti-corruption unit AC-12 is back for another dramatic season in 2020.

So when will the BBC drama air, who is in the cast and how did season five end?

When will Line of Duty season 6 air?

Unfortunately, there isn’t a set release date for Line Of Duty season six just yet, but a new trailer for upcoming BBC dramas coming up in 2020 sees a shot of Vicky McClure’s Kate Fleming looking over her shoulder.

Director of the series, Jed Mercurio also teased what’s to come later this year.

Line Of Duty has been commissioned for season six. Picture: BBC

The series writer and creator said: “ something that we have at the planning stage, so we are working towards a date. We can’t confirm everything until things are in place.”

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Steve Arnott actor Martin Compston recently teased fans with a sneak peek of the script, sharing a photo on social media with the caption: “Guys… I’m scared,” before adding: “Don’t look directly at it.”

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Martin Compson teased a photo of the new script. Picture: Instagram

Who will star in Line of Duty season 6?

We’re hoping fan favourites Ted Hastings (Adrian Dunbar), Steve Arnott (Martin Compston) and Kate Flemming (Vicky McClure) will all be back.

While Martin previously revealed he hadn’t yet signed a contract, by sharing a photo of the script on social media, he confirmed he would be taking part.

Other characters who haven’t yet been killed off include Steve’s love interest DS Sam Railston (Aiysha Hart), DCC Andrea Wise (Elizabeth Rider), Hastings’ wife Roisin (Andrea Irvine) and PC Tatleen Sohota (Taj Atwal) .

John Corbett (Stephen Graham) was tragically murdered last season so definitely won’t be back, but young gang member Ryan Pilkington (Gregory Piper) is certainly set to return after joining the police at the end of season five.

Meanwhile, Trainspotting actor Kelly Macdonald was announced as a guest lead for the new series, playing Detective Chief Inspector Joanne Davidson, the ‘senior investigating officer of an unsolved murder, whose unconventional conduct raises suspicions at AC-12’.

Jed Mercurio said: “We’re honoured that Kelly Macdonald will join Martin, Vicky and Adrian in series six of Line Of Duty. DCI Joanne Davidson will prove the most enigmatic adversary AC-12 have ever faced.”

Kelly Macdonald is starring in Line Of Duty season 6. Picture: PA Images

Is there a trailer for Line of Duty series 6?

The BBC shared a trailer which sees Kate Fleming looking pensively.

As well as Line of Duty, the teaser also shows clips from Killing Eve and an adaptation of Malorie Blackman’s novel Noughts + Crosses.

Will series six be the last series of Line of Duty?

At this point in time, we’re still not sure. The BBC hasn’t commissioned a seventh series yet, but judging by the popularity of season five, it might not be the last we see of the show.

Director Jed previously said: “Once series five has finished airing we’ll have a conversation with the BBC, with a view to whether there’s a possibility to series seven being commissioned. But we definitely know we’ve got series six.”

How did season five of Line Of Duty end?

The fifth run of Line of Duty centred around undercover officer John Corbett who went to extreme lengths to catch head of the Organised Crime Group (OCG) ‘H’.

Corbett’s dangerous mission was uncovered and he faced a grisly end when his throat was slit by the OCG.

It’s thought Corbett’s cover was blown thanks to a tip-off from imprisoned henchman Lee Banks. Ted Hastings then came under fire when it was suspected he was the source who told Banks to get revenge on Corbett for beating his wife earlier in the series.

John Corbett was murdered in the last series of Line of Duty. Picture: BBC

After a large amount of bribe money was discovered in Hastings’ hotel room, Carmichael then arrested him for conspiring to murder Corbett. However, this investigation exposed Gill Biggeloe for trying to frame Ted.

In the season finale, Hastings returned to duty after a brief suspension, but the identity of ‘H’ still remains a mystery.

The final eerie scene then revealed one corrupt member of the force is still at large.

Meet the cast of Line of Duty series five

She is a mother-of-one and separated from her son’s father in series two after having an affair; after that, she was briefly homeless and then got a flat of her own. So far, work has taken precedence over Fleming’s personal life.

What else has Vicky McClure been in? The actress starred as Lol Jenkins in This is England as well as the TV spin-offs This is England ’86, ’88 and ’90. She has also played Paula in The Replacement, Winnie in The Secret Agent, and Karen White in Broadchurch. In 2018 she appeared in TV movie Mother’s Day.

Anna Maxwell Martin plays DCS Patricia Carmichael

Anna Maxwell Martin plays DCS Patricia Carmichael

Who is Patricia Carmichael? A senior anti-corruption detective brought in from outside of AC-12. On joining the show, Anna Maxwell Martin said, “I’ve been a fan of Line of Duty for years, so was dead chuffed to be part of series five. I’m so pleased I no longer have to keep it a secret! I feel honoured to follow in the footsteps of the host of great actors who make up the Line of Duty family, and Jed Mercurio – of course – has written a brilliant character in Carmichael. She’s a woman on a mission.”

What else has Anna Maxwell Martin been in? The actress has starred in Motherland, The Frankenstein Chronicles (as Mary Shelley), The Bletchley Circle, and Death Comes to Pemberley (as Elizabeth Darcey). She’ll soon play Beelzebub in Neil Gaiman’s much-anticipated Amazon series Good Omens, and back in 2003 she starred on stage as the child Lyra in His Dark Materials.

Stephen Graham plays John Corbett

Stephen Graham plays John Corbett

*Warning: spoilers ahead for Line of Duty series five episode one*

Who is John Corbett? Details of Stephen Graham’s character were shrouded in secrecy ahead of series five, and with good reason. Initially established as the leader of a “deadly organised crime group” that is “known to have links with corrupt police officers and suspected to be under direct command of the shadowy figure known only as ‘H’” – i.e. the legendary balaclava men — Corbett was later revealed at the end of episode one to be an undercover police detective.

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What else has Stephen Graham been in? With 100 acting credits to his name, Stephen Graham is known for playing Tommy in the film Snatch, as well as starring alongside Vicky McClure as Andrew “Combo” Gascoigne in the movie This is England and its TVs sequels. He was Baby Face Nelson in Public Enemies, Scrum in the Pirates of the Caribbean films, and Al Capone in Boardwalk Empire. More recent projects include Little Boy Blue, Decline and Fall, Taboo, and Save Me.

Rochenda Sandall plays Lisa McQueen

Rochenda Sandall plays Lisa McQueen

Who is Lisa McQueen? One of the “balaclava men” is actually a woman! Lisa McQueen plays a pivotal role in this organised crime network, viewers were initially led to believe that she was an undercover police detective after she spared an officer’s life.

What else has Rochenda Sandall been in? You may recognise her from Netflix’s choose-you-own-adventure Black Mirror episode Bandersnatch. Other credits include Anna in Love, Lies and Records, Jean Reid in Broken, and Nadia in Into the Badlands.

Tony Pitts plays Les Hargreaves

Tony Pitts plays Les Hargreaves

Who is Les Hargreaves? The boss of the Murder Squad, although we originally met him when he was working on the Murder Squad at 4th Street Station. DS Sam Railston is his junior officer. Hargreaves (a potential candidate to be “H”, given his surname) has historically been antagonistic towards Hastings and AC-12.

What else has Tony Pitts been in? Tony Pitts spent a solid decade playing Archie Brooks in Emmerdale before the character died in the famous plane crash of 1993. Since then, roles have included Chloe’s dad in My Mad Fat Diary, Adrian Scott in Scott & Bailey, Inspector Moss in Peaky Blinders, and Edgar Massinger in Jamestown.

Aiysha Hart plays DS Sam Railston

Aiysha Hart plays DS Sam Railston

Who is Sam Railston? We first met DS Sam Railston in series three, when she and Steve Arnott were celebrating their one-year anniversary – but their happy relationship was not to last. Sam became suspicious that there was something between Steve and DI Lindsay Denton (Keeley Hawes), and when Matthew “Dot” Cottan (Craig Parkinson) framed Steve as “The Caddy,” it was the final straw; she cut him loose. But when you break up with someone from work, inevitably you will keep bumping into them, and so murder squad cop Sam will be back for more awkwardness in series five.

What else has Aiysha Hart been in? The actress starred as Ariadne in the TV series Atlantis, and played Leila Sayyad in New Blood, before bagging the role of Miriam Shepherd in A Discovery of Witches.

Amy De Bhrun plays Steph Corbett

Amy De Bhrun plays Steph Corbett

Who is Steph Corbett? John Corbett’s wife. Since he went undercover, she has been looking after their two daughters alone and kept in sparse contact with him.

What else has Amy De Bhrun been in? The actress has starred as Jarl Hrolf in Vikings, and as Adele McHoughton in Coronation Street.

Tommy Jessop plays Terry Boyle

Tommy Jessop plays Terry Boyle

Who is Terry? Terry is a man with Down’s Syndrome who lives independently, but has been preyed on by the balaclava gang; Ryan and his mates used to push their way into his flat and “make themselves at home”. The OCG took things one step further in series one when they used his freezer to store Jackie Laverty’s dismembered body parts as a way of blackmailing DCI Tony Gates, and since then they’ve moved him into the flat across the road from the Kingsgate printing shop so he can keep an eye on comings and goings. Laverty’s remains are still stored in his kitchen freezer.

What else has Tommy Jessop been in? The actor starred in BBC drama Coming Down the Mountain, and has also appeared in Off their Rockers, Casualty, and Doctors.

Has the role of Terry been re-cast? Yes. In series one, the role was originally played by Elliott Rosen.

Rosa Escoda plays Amanda Yao

Rosa Escoda plays Amanda Yao

Who is Amanda Yao? The police’s cyber crime expert who is called in to AC-12 to trace those instant messages from ‘H’.

What else has Rosa Escoda been in? Appropriately, she popped up in Justice League as a cop. You may also have spotted her in the TV series Wanderlust.

Laura Elphinstone plays DI Michelle Brandyce

Laura Elphinstone plays DI Michelle Brandyce

Who is DI Michelle Brandyce? A member of Carmichael’s team at AC-3.

What else has Laura Elphinstone been in? You might recognise her from appearances in Doctors, Holby City, Call the Midwife and Vera.

Natalie Gavin plays PS Tina Tranter

Natalie Gavin plays PS Tina Tranter

Who is PS Tina Tranter? A member of Carmichael’s team at AC-3.

What else has Natalie Gavin been in? Gavin has enjoyed roles in the second series of BBC lottery drama The Syndicate and ITV’s Jericho. We’ll also soon be seeing her in Suranne Jones drama Gentleman Jack as Alice Hardcastle.

Peter De Jersey plays Rossport

Who is Rossport? A solicitor.

What else has Peter De Jersey been in? The actor has starred in the likes of The Bill, Holby City, Doctor Foster and Atlantis. You might also recognise him as forensics officer Brian Young from Broadchurch

Gina McKee plays Jackie Laverty

Who is Jackie Laverty? At the moment, a dead body stuck in Terry’s freezer. However, before she was murdered by the OCG, Laverty was a property developer who enjoyed an affair with DCI Tony Gates in Line of Duty’s first series.

What else has Gina McKee been in? From roles in comedy In the Loop, to Notting Hill and Atonement, there’s a good chance you’ve seen her on screen before. She recently played Commander Anne Sampson in Bodyguard, another drama from Line of Duty writer Jed Mercurio.

Taj Atwal plays PC Tatleen Sohota

Taj Atwal plays PC Tatleen Sohota

Who is Tatleen Sohota? A new Police Constable who has joined AC-12 in series five. She is diligent and hard-working.

What else has Taj Atwal been in? You may recognise her from her roles in Stella (as Jasminder) or In The Club (as Jasmin). Taj Atwal recently starred in the BBC1 Wales drama Pitching In, and has also appeared in No Offence, Death on the Tyne, and Thunderbirds are Go.

Gregory Piper plays Ryan Pilkington

Gregory Piper plays Ryan Pilkington (right)

Who is Ryan Pilkington? The longest-serving member of the balaclava gang known to the LoD audience. He was the bicycle-riding 13-year-old in series one who served as an envoy between Tommy Hunter (Brian McCardie) and Tony Gates (Lennie James). He now works under John Corbett.

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What else has Gregory Piper been in? He appeared in one episode of BBC darma Frankie, as Richard Preston.

Alastair Natkiel plays Lee Banks

Alastair Natkiel plays Lee

Who is Lee? A member of John Corbett’s gang.

What else has Alastair Natkiel been in? He had a small role in Casualty in 2010, and starred in thriller The Innocent.

Tomi May plays Miroslav Minkovic

Tomi May plays Miroslav

Who is Miroslav? A faithful member of the balaclava gang, who we first encountered in series one when he was working for Tommy Hunter.

What else has Tomi May been in? A prolific character actor, Tomi May has appeared in TV shows including Silent Witness, Emmerdale, Killing Eve, Save Me, Jamestown, Doctor Foster, and Doctor Who, as well as movies including Justice League. He played Jarl Olavsonn in Vikings.

Andrea Irvine plays Roisin Hastings

Andrea Irvine plays Roisin Hastings

Who is Roisin Hastings? Ted’s estranged wife. The couple, who are both from Northern Ireland, married when they were 18; in series two we discovered they were living separately, although Roisin had agreed to keep up the appearance of a happy marriage when meeting his work colleagues. Now she wants a proper divorce.

What else has Andrea Irvine been in? Andrea Irvine stars in the Irish soap opera Red Rock, playing Garda Det. Angela Tyrell. She has also played Alison Burns in 6Degrees, and a district judge in The Fall.

Ace Bhatti plays Sindwhani

Ace Bhatti plays Sindwhani

Who is Sindwhani? Central Police’s new Police and Crime Commissioner.

What else has Ace Bhatti been in? The actor played the villainous Yusef Khan in EastEnders until 2011. He is also known for playing Calvin Sarwar in Shetland, DCI Jahan Kapoor in Black Work, Nazir Afzal in the award-winning mini-series Three Girls, and Mayor Hassan in comedy drama No Offence. Ace Bhatti recently played Bomi Bulsara in Freddie Mercury movie Bohemian Rhapsody.

Polly Walker plays Gill Biggeloe

Polly Walker plays Gill Biggeloe

Who is Gill Biggeloe? A lawyer who was previously assigned as legal counsel to AC-12. Her job in series three was to ensure that anti-corruption cases were watertight before an police officers were charged, or any cases went to court; she also had an interest in preserving the reputation of her employer. Gill was disappointed when Ted Hastings refused her advances, and Hastings was infuriated by Gill’s part in the “Caddy” debacle. Now she’s back as the PCC’s legal counsel.

What else has Polly Walker been in? In recent years, Polly Walker has starred in Pennyworth, Age Before Beauty, Paranoid, The Syndicate, and Mr Selfridge. She was nominated for a Golden Globe for her performance as Atia of the Julii in the TV series Rome, and has also appeared in Emma, Clash of the Titans, and Restoration.

Richard Pepple plays PS Kyle Ferringham

Richard Pepple plays PS Kyle Ferringham

Who is Kyle Ferringham? A new character in series five, who joins the staff of AC-12.

What else has Richard Pepple been in? He played Dublin Hilton in the recent BBC adaptation of Andrea Levy’s The Long Song, and has also appeared in Cleaning Up, Krypton, Little Women, The Dumping Ground, Motherland, and Death in Paradise.

Patrick Fitzsymons plays Mark Moffatt

Patrick FitzSymons plays Mark Moffatt

Who is Mark Moffatt? A former DCI who acted as Roz Huntley’s Police Federation Rep during her AC-12 interviews in series four. He’s now retired and approaches Ted with a new opportunity.

What else has Patrick Fitzsymons been in? He has featured in The Fall, Doctors, ITV’s 2018 Vanity Fair adaptation and starred alongside Line of Duty star Vicky McClure in last year’s Mother’s Day.

Elizabeth Rider plays DCC Andrea Wise

Elizabeth Rider plays DCC Wise

Who is DCC Wise? Detective Chief Constable Wise is a newcomer in series five. This is the same role previously held by series two’s DCC Mike Dryden.

What else has Elizabeth Rider been in? The actress starred as DCI Lynette Driver in Doctors, and also recently played Lady Justice Spencer in Informer. She was Gladys Wilson in the TV drama Mrs Wilson, and further credits include Lewis, Doctor Who (as Linda in The Time of the Doctor), Waking the Dead, and Vera.

Susan Vidler plays Detective Superintendent Alison Powell

Susan Vidler plays Detective Superintendent Alison Powell

Who is Alison Powell? A new character in series five, Detective Superintendent Alison Powell oversees “Operation Pear Tree,” which included placing Detective Sergeant John Corbett in deep undercover.

What else has Susan Vidler been in? Having first hit the big screen as drug-addicted mum Allison in Trainspotting, Susan Vidler has appeared in TV shows and movies including The Jump, Shetland, The Coroner, A House in Berlin, and Doctor Who – playing Aunt Sharon in 2010 episode The Big Bang.

Caroline Koziol plays Mariana

Who is Mariana? A human trafficking victim who was held captive by the balaclava gang.

What else has Caroline Koziol been in? The Polish writer and actress has made appearances in Dark Heart, Tracey Breaks the News, and Bad Times at the El Royale.

Richard Sutton plays PC Bloom

Who is PC Bloom? We first meet this character in episode three, when he calls in a “status zero” and reports an ambush leading to a “car crash”

What else has Richard Sutton been in? You may have seen him in The Terror as Sir James Ross, or in Humans as SCO19 Lead Officer. Further credits include Gigglebiz, Sherlock, Jekyll & Hyde, and Our Girl.

Maya Sondhi plays PC Maneet Bindra

Maya Sondhi plays PC Maneet Bindra

Who is Maneet Bindra? A constable in Central Police who is assigned to AC-12. She is married with two young children, and within the team she has a reputation as a hard-working, capable officer. Fans were shocked in series four when it was revealed that Maneet was passing on key information to ACC Hilton, downloading Dot’s dying declaration onto a memory stick; she seemed deeply uncomfortable about this arrangement. In episode one series five, Hastings and his team confronted Maneet about her actions, with ultimately devastating consequences.

What else has Maya Sondhi been in? The actress starred as Shazia in Citizen Khan, and Shireen Taymour in Family Affairs. Since first appearing in Line of Duty in series three, Maya Sondhi has popped up in The Split (as Dawn McKenzie) and Warren (as Paula).

Sian Reese-Williams plays Jane Cafferty

Sian Reese-Williams plays Jane Cafferty

Who is Jane Cafferty? One of the police officers who is ambushed by the “balaclava men” in series five.

What else has Sian Reese-Williams been in? You may remember her from the TV series Requiem, where she played Trudy Franken. Other credits include Hidden, Welsh drama 35 Diwrnod, Hinterland, and Emmerdale – where she spent five years starring as Gennie Walker.

Maanuv Thiara plays Vihan Malhotra

Maanuv Thiara plays Vihan Malhotra

Who is Vihan Malhotra? A new character in series five, Vihan is PC Maneet Bindra’s cousin and also works within the police force. He helped pass information on to the “balaclava men” prior to the events of episode one series five.

What else has Maanuv Thiara been in? Since leaving theatre school in 2016, the young actor has appeared on stage in a series of productions including Hamlet at the Harold Pinter theatre. He also played young Uncle Mohinder in BBC2’s The Boy with the Topknot.

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Line of Duty series five continues on Sunday at 9pm on BBC1

In between Unbelievable, The Capture and I Love You, Now Die, it’s a miracle we’ve got any time to be thinking about other TV shows. But when it comes to Line Of Duty, there’s always space in our brain, thanks to our minor obsession with Ted Hastings, Steve Arnott and Kate Fleming, aka AC12.

Line Of Duty series 5 dropped on our television screens at the end of March 2019, with the entire season focussing on the identity of ‘H’ – a corrupt, high-ranking member of the police force.

*Spoilers* In the season finale, you might remember that the identity of ‘H’ actually remained a mystery, with the final scene revealing there are four corrupt members of the force, three of which are either dead or in prison – meaning one is still at large. So, will their identity be the focus of Season 6? Here’s what we know about Line Of Duty so far.

Who will star in Line of Duty season 6?

Fan favourites Ted Hastings, Steve Arnott and Kate Flemming – played by Adrian Dunbar, Martin Compston and Vicky McClure respectively – are all confirmed to return.

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Martin posted a reunion picture to Twitter on 13 November showing the trio enjoying a pint as he teased their on-screen comeback.

“Cannae beat a catch up with these two. Next time we’ll most likely be in uniform or at least Adrian will I’ll be in a new 3 piece,” he wrote.

Cannae beat a catch up with these two. Next time we’ll most likely be in uniform or at least Adrian will I’ll be in a new 3 piece 😜 https://t.co/95Uf93Octf pic.twitter.com/KOm9mndXlq

— martin compston (@martin_compston) November 13, 2019

Creator Jed Mercurio has also hinted that a number of special guests will be joining the cast for the new season.

#LineofDuty Series 6 team @Vicky_McClure, @martin_compston and The Gaffer Adrian Dunbar nervously awaiting arrival of secret guest stars,” he tweeted alongside a picture of Adrian, Martin and Vicky.

#LineofDuty Series 6 team @Vicky_McClure @martin_compston The Gaffer Adrian Dunbar nervously awaiting arrival of secret guest stars pic.twitter.com/wDRBnkUFAM

— Jed Mercurio (@jed_mercurio) November 13, 2019

We now know one of those special guests is actor Kelly Macdonald, who has starred in the likes of Gosford Park, Boardwalk Empire and No Country For Old Men. Kelly will be playing Detective Chief Inspector Joanne Davidson, the senior investigating officer of an unsolved murder, whose unconventional conduct raises suspicions at AC-12.

Jed said: “We’re honoured that Kelly Macdonald will join Martin, Vicky and Adrian in Series 6 of Line of Duty. DCI Joanne Davidson will prove the most enigmatic adversary AC-12 have ever faced.”

Fans can also probably expect to see Steve’s on-off love interest DS Sam Railston (Aiysha Hart) and PC Tatleen Sohota (Taj Atwal) back on their screens, as well as DCC Andrea Wise (Elizabeth Rider) and Hastings’ wife Roisin (Andrea Irvine).

Unsurprisingly, John Corbett (played by Stephen Graham) won’t be returning, but that doesn’t mean we’ve definitely seen the last of Lisa McQueen (Rochenda Sandall). Plus, the storyline has to focus around Ryan Pilkington (Gregory Piper), the gang member who was training to be a policeman at the end of season five. Doesn’t it?

Are there any fan theories about Line Of Duty season 6?

  • Could Hastings still be ‘H’? Now that we know ‘H’ is four people – three of which are either imprisoned or dead – could Hastings still be unmasked as the final corrupt police officer? Despite being exonerated at the end of the last series for the crimes levelled against him, some fans are convinced he’s still acting a little shady.
  • Even if he isn’t ‘H’, could Hastings be involved in corrupt goings on? Martin Compston, who places DS Arnott, wouldn’t put it past him, revealing in a recent Radio Times interview: “I think that’s the thing with the show… there’s so many grey areas,. That doesn’t mean that is the big bad, but whether he’s been up to something shady at some point, that’s a possibility. “

Looking forward to seeing you meet in Series 6 https://t.co/jVWfdM2owu

— Jed Mercurio (@jed_mercurio) May 16, 2019

  • Could Lindsey Denton and Tony Gates come back from the dead? OK OK so this one is a little far-fetched, but could season 6 feature a season 1 and season 2 crossover? Jed Mecurio certainly hinted at it, tweeting a photo of the pair with the caption: “Looking forward to seeing you meet in Series 6.”
  • Is Kate actually corrupt? Now this would be a huge twist! Many fans are questioning whether Kate is in on the dodgy police dealings, due to how quickly she suspected Ted in series five. On top of that, why did Dot stop her getting killed in season 3?
  • Is Ryan Pilkington going to play a pivotal role? We know the gang member has infiltrated the police force, but it’s unclear whether he’ll take centre stage during season 6. Like Martin Compston told Radio Times, “I couldn’t even tell you if the character Ryan will come back, but if he does or doesn’t, then you know he’s there – he’s planted, and it’s just something that keeps ticking over in the background.”

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When will Line Of Duty season 6 be released?

Filming starts next year, but production started in December. On December 22, Martin shared a picture of the script for episode one of the upcoming season.

“Guys… I’m scared,” he wrote – and fans were understandably very excited.

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And while there isn’t a set release date for Line Of Duty season 5, Jed Mercurio has revealed he hopes series six will be aired ‘sometime in 2020’.

Speaking to RadioTimes.com, the series writer and creator said: “I would hope its sometime in 2020, next year. But that’s not something we’re able to confirm. something that we have at the planning stage, so we are working towards a date. We can’t confirm everything until things are in place.”

Interestingly, Line Of Duty hasn’t followed a predictable release pattern with its last five series. While there was a two year gap between season 1 (2012), season 2 (2014) and season 3 (2016), season 4 then aired in 2017, only one year later. It was then a two year gap before season 5 dropped in 2018.

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What the cast has said about season 6:

Vicky recently admitted she has no idea what Jed is planning for the upcoming season. She told Red magazine: “I’m just not Jed, I don’t have that skill in my brain to conjure up where we could go next. He’s an extremely creative writing genius. He just is. Nobody else writes quite likes Jed with that kind of detail and finesse.

“So I would never be able to predict because I’ve never been able to predict before. Every series I’m picking up the script thinking, ‘I didn’t see that coming…'”

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LINE of Duty is one of the most popular shows in recent memory and it is back for what is sure to a gripping sixth series.

Viewers are desperate to find out what goes down when series six hits our screens – here’s what we know so far…

3 Superintendent Ted Hastings will return to his role in series 6Credit: BBC

When does Line of Duty season six begin?

LOD fans are on the edge of their seat waiting for the next series of the hit show.

BBC are yet to announce a return date but there is speculation that the show has began filming after the show’s three main stars were pictured having dinner together.

Vicky McClure, Martin Compston and Adrian Dunbar were pictured reunited ahead of series six.

There is also speculation that the show will start in March 2020, as season five started in March 2019.

Vicky McClure, Martin Compston and Adrian Dunbar look set to return to the showCredit: BBC

Who is in the cast of Line of Duty season six?

So far the big three of DI Kate Fleming, Ted Hastings and Steve Arnott have been confirmed to return for series 6.

Kelly MacDonald has been signed up and will join the cast for Line of Duty’s new series.

  • Vicki McClure as DI Kate Fleming
  • Adrian Dunbar as Superintendent Ted Hastings
  • Martin Compston and DS Steve Arnott
  • Kelly MacDonald as Detective Chief Inspector Joanne Davidson.

3 Kelly MacDonald will join the team in series 6Credit: Getty – Contributor

What can we expect from season 6?

WARNING: Contains spoilers from season five of Line of Duty

Season five left us reeling as it was revealed there were FOUR top corrupt coppers – Gill Biggeloe, ACC Hilton and DI “Dot” Cottan, with the final member remaining at large.

AC-12 chief Ted Hastings was exonerated – although given a warning – at the end of season five, as it was revealed there was no mysterious H.

But series creator Jed Mercurio doesn’t seem to rule out the possibility of Ted being the final “dot”.

Ted’s behaviour was often suspicious, such as when he misspelled the word definitely as “definately”, exactly the same as the leader of the organised crime group.

Mercurio argues that mimicking previous messages is a “plausible” defence, although some still think it points to his guilt.

So perhaps season six will delve deeper into Ted’s shenanigans especially as there’s no way to prove he was viewing pornography on his deleted computer and not communicating with the OCG.

We could also expect to see the return of DCS Patricia ­Carmichael from AC-3.

She has vowed to take Hastings down, but could she be bent as well as one of her colleagues, Martina Tranter, tried to kill Biggeloe?

And then there’s Ryan Pilkington.

He first appeared in the show in the first series – so it’s probably a good idea to reacquaint yourself with his actions there.

At the end of series five the OCG thug, makes it into the police force, so potentially another bent copper on the beat.

Superintendent Ted Hastings had a tough time in season five – but is he the elusive ‘H’?Credit: BBC

How did Line of Duty season five end?

WARNING: Contains spoilers from season five of Line of Duty

Despite top bods trying to pin it on Superintendent Ted Hastings, a shock twist revealed H is not one person, but a group of four bent people working within the police force.

Police lawyer Gill Biggeloe was exposed as the bent copper who had been working alongside Cottan and Hilton who were brought down in previously.

But the fourth member is still unknown.

The main focus of the episode sees an unkempt Ted being questioned by his nemesis, DCS Patricia Carmichael, played by Anna Maxwell Martin.

With 30 minutes left, DS Steve Arnott and DC Kate Fleming crack the case and discover that they have been looking for several people all along.

As the truth comes out about Gill, she attempts to contact the OCG on her burner phone but no one comes to her rescue and she is arrested.

But towards the very end of the episode, it’s evidently clear that the fourth bent copper is still walking free as PC Tranter, who had been working with Carmichael, takes Gill to the loo.

The officer whips out a knife and attempts to kill Gill – but the blade goes through her hand instead.

Arnott storms into the bathroom and shoots Tranter, who had been given the order to silence Gill following her arrest.

Finally we see Lisa getting a new ID and working with schools.

Her former OCG pal Ryan becomes a student police officer.

Operation Pear Tree is closed and both Fleming and Arnott receive a commendation for their role in events.

Mark Moffatt is found guilty of bribery after Gill’s confession – and she is given a new ID.

3 Steven and Kate will grace our screens again on Line of DutyCredit: BBC

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Moffat claims the money found in Hastings room is only half the amount, but then we see Hastings approaching John Corbett’s widow with an envelope that probably contains the outstanding £50,000.

A formal misconduct hearing into unauthorised undercover operations finds Superintendent Hastings guilty of discreditable conduct.

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When is Line of Duty series 6 on TV? What’s it about? Who’s in it?

Great news, fellas: series five of Line of Duty WON’T be the show’s last.

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The BBC1 drama following the intricate investigations of police anti-corruption unit AC-12 is set to return for at least one more run, with the BBC commissioning a sixth series before the fifth had even aired.

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But when exactly will Jed Mercurio’s acclaimed thriller return to screens? Here’s everything you need to know about future episodes.

When will Line of Duty be back on TV?

Excluding the 12-month gap between series three and four, the BBC show has traditionally aired on a two-year cycle, so we might expect to along wait until spring 2021.

HOWEVER, Jed Mercurio told RadioTimes.com in October 2019 that Line of Duty might be back a lot sooner: “I would hope it’s sometime in 2020, next year.” Then, in November 2019 the BBC confirmed that filming would begin “next year”.

Line of Duty also features in this trailer for BBC shows in 2020…

Who is the guest star for Line of Duty series 6?

The guest lead for series six of Line of Duty will be Kelly Macdonald, who will play DCI Joanne Davidson, “the senior investigating officer of an unsolved murder, whose unconventional conduct raises suspicions at AC-12.”

Line of Duty writer and showrunner, Jed Mercurio, says: “We’re honoured that Kelly Macdonald will join Martin, Vicky and Adrian in series six of Line Of Duty. DCI Joanne Davidson will prove the most enigmatic adversary AC-12 have ever faced.”

Mcdonald recently starred in The Victim and Giri/Haji. She is also known for her roles in Trainspotting, Gosford Park, State Of Play, No Country For Old Men and Boardwalk Empire.

Another magnificent addition to the Line of Duty team. Said it before huge part of the show’s success is the phenomenal guest actors we’ve had. Kelly Macdonald will be up there with the best of them, what a talent what a career ???? Buzzing to get the tape started ???? #lineofduty6 https://t.co/QAh6xyxwc0

— martin compston (@martin_compston) November 19, 2019

Who’s in the Line of Duty cast?

  • Meet the cast of Line of Duty series five

We can expect all the main AC-12 actors: Adrian Dunbar (Supt Ted Hastings), Vicky McClure (DI Kate Fleming), and Martin Compston (DS Steve Arnott) are all set to return.

It’s also possible Taj Atwal (PC Tatleen Sohota) and Aiysha Hart (Murder Squad cop DS Sam Railston) will make a comeback.

Polly Walker’s character Gill Biggeloe is still alive but has been given a new identity. But this doesn’t completely rule out that her character will return – although going into witness protection at the end of series one, Tommy Hunter (played by Brian McCardie) returned in series two, albeit as a corpse.

Aiysha Hart as DS Sam Railston

As in previous years, we’re expecting some big guest stars to join the regular cast. We’ll find out more about these closer to the airdate.

And Jed Mercurio is already teasing us with some highly unlikely series six guest stars…

Looking forward to seeing you meet in Series 6 https://t.co/jVWfdM2owu

— Jed Mercurio (@jed_mercurio) May 16, 2019

How to watch Line of Duty online

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What happened in Line of Duty series five?

You can see a summary of each episode here or read a (spoiler heavy) synopsis below…

  1. Line of Duty series 5: episode 1
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  3. Line of Duty series 5: episode 3
  4. Line of Duty series 5: episode 4
  5. Line of Duty series 5: episode 5
  6. Line of Duty series 5: episode 6

The fifth run of Line of Duty centred on John Corbett (Stephen Graham), a rogue undercover officer who would go to any lengths to catch ‘H’, the corrupt copper at the heart of the Organised Crime Group (OCG).

As the series progressed, we learned that Corbett had links to AC-12 chief Ted Hastings. It transpired that Corbett’s mother, Anne-Marie, was a police informant who had a relationship – professional and perhaps more – with Hastings during The Troubles in Northern Ireland.

Thanks to lawyer Gill Biggeloe – who was secretly in league with the OCG – Corbett believed Hastings was responsible for Anne-Marie’s death at the hands of paramilitary forces. And, again due to Biggeloe, Corbett was determined to prove Hastings was a bent copper.

But his mission was cut short when the OCG discovered Corbett was a rat and slit his throat.

How did the OCG find out Corbett’s true identity? By the end of the series, it still wasn’t clear. According to OCG member Lisa McQueen, Corbett’s cover was blown thanks to a tip-off from Lee Banks, an imprisoned henchman from the same gang.

And where did Banks get this information from? Although never proven, many suspected Ted Hastings was the source. As AC-3 leader DCS Carmichael (Anna Maxwell Martin) theorised, Hastings could have leaked this intel as revenge – earlier in the series Corbett had beaten Ted’s wife.

After a large amount of bribe money was discovered in Hastings’ shabby hotel room, Carmichael then arrested him for conspiring to murder Corbett. And, going further, she intended to prove Hastings was ‘H’. However, this investigation only revealed that Biggeloe was actually trying to frame Ted for everything.

But although Hastings returned to active duty at the end of the series, he’s sadly not completely off the hook just yet…

Will series six be Line of Duty’s last?

In short: we’re not sure.

In a lot longer: Although the BBC hasn’t commissioned a seventh series, Mercurio certainly appears open to the idea. Rather than outright saying the sixth run would be the show’s last, he told the audience at the BFI & Radio Times Festival that he will be discussing future episodes with the BBC after series five has broadcast.

“Once series five has finished airing we’ll have a conversation with the BBC, with a view to whether there’s a possibility to series seven being commissioned. But we definitely know we’ve got series six,” he said.

Judging from series five viewing figures, a recommission seems likely. Its opening episode drew in a peak audience of over 8 million viewers, with an average of 7.8 million watching the entire episode — that’s larger than the season four finale in 2017.

Who is H?

Not one person, but four. Turns out that AC-12 had misinterpreted the dying testimony of Dot ‘The Caddy’ Cottan: instead of one police Kingpin called ‘H’, there’s actually a quartet of high-ranking police staff working with the OCG.

Looking back at the testimony, Steve Arnott and Kate Fleming noticed that Craig Parkinson’s character was tapping out the Morse code for ‘H’ on his left hand. Combining this signal with Cottan blinking at the letter ‘H’, the AC-12 detectives deduced he wasn’t trying to reveal the identity of one bent copper, but make it clear there’s four in the service.

  • Was THAT key piece of evidence in Dot Cottan’s dying declaration there all along?

In other words, there are four corrupt officers – and they’re NOT necessarily called ‘H’.

How much does this revelation change Line of Duty? At this stage in the show, not a lot. After all, as Fleming outlines, AC-12 has already discovered three of the four ‘H’s (again, just to clarify, their name doesn’t have to start with ‘H’). And they are…

  • DI Matthew Dot Cottan – as known as ‘The Caddy’
  • Lawyer Gill Biggeloe
  • Chief Superintendent Derek Hilton

There’s still one out there, though. As before, AC-12 are on the hunt for one corrupt senior member of the service.

The bad news? It could be anyone – their name doesn’t have to start with ‘H’. The good news? The final ‘H’ maybe isn’t as powerful as was feared – they were just one of four, not a single criminal mastermind.

  • Who could be the final ‘H’ in Line of Duty?

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Where is Line of Duty filmed?

Previous series of the show have been filmed in Belfast, where the cast relocate during shooting.

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2 Left to right: Superintendent Ted Hastings (Adrian Dunbar), Detective Sergeant Steve Arnott (Martin Compston), Detective Constable Kate Fleming (Vicky McClure)Credit: BBC

When is Line of Duty series five on BBC One?

The fifth season of Line Of Duty started on BBC One on March 31, 2019 and continues tonight April 28 at 9pm.

Filming for the series began in Belfast in September 2018.

After series four concluded, the BBC announced Line Of Duty had been renewed for two more series – so we’ll be getting a series six too.

BBC director-general Tony Hall said: “I am very excited to say there’s not one but two more series of Line Of Duty. So hooray for AC-12!”

2 Stephen Graham will be replacing Thandie Newton in the fifth series of Line of DutyCredit: FilmMagic – Getty

Who’s in the cast of Line of Duty series 5?

In July 2018 The Sun exclusively revealed that Stephen Graham will replace Thandie Newton as the chief investigator in Line Of Duty.

However, writer Jed Mercurio previously told the TV Times that Thandie could be back as Roz saying: “There are always ways in which we’d bring someone back for the right story.”

On September 28, Line of Duty tweeted “Welcome to the club! @StephenGraham73 #LineofDuty5”, confirming that he is the show’s new lead.

Vicky McClure (DS Kate Fleming), Adrian Dunbar (Spt Ted Hastings) and Martin Compston (Steve Arnott) are also set to return.

Aiysha Hart (DS Sam Railston) and Tony Pitts (DCS Lester Hargreaves) who featured in the series four finale could also be making a comeback for series five.

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What is Line Of Duty about?

Line Of Duty is a crime drama which first aired in 2012.

It follows the work of AC-12 a special unit charged with investigating corruption within the police force.

Jed Mercurio told the BBC: “I want to look at the personal lives of all the regulars in series five.

“They’ve taken a backseat in to Roz Huntley, so it would be good to explore that side of things a bit more.

“The regulars are definitely up for doing more.”

‘Line of Duty’ Season 5: TV Review

With the first four addictive seasons on both Acorn and Hulu, Jed Mercurio’s pulsating police drama returns after enthralling Britain for its fifth season.

Chances are that if you’re already a fan of the hit British police drama Line of Duty and you’re from this side of the pond, you’ve been counting down the days to the start of season five. The show has already aired in the U.K., pulling in a huge 13.2 million viewers for the first episode and becoming the highest-rated drama of the year so far, averaging 10.6 million viewers as, like the previous four seasons, it rivets the nation.

If you don’t know anything about Line of Duty, here’s the thing — it still holds up as a compelling story, even if you’re missing the myriad call-back references from the first four seasons that creator and writer Jed Mercurio (Bodyguard) is known for, as his insanely twisted plots tear through story and drop red herrings galore.

In fact, there’s a decent chance that many American viewers discovered (and probably loved) Mercurio’s wild style when they watched Bodyguard on Netflix, which careened madly, addictively and, yes, sometimes implausibly, through the miniseries’ run.

But in Britain, Mercurio is still best known and appreciated for Line of Duty, which returns for its fifth season on Acorn, the niche streamer of international (but largely British) fare (Acorn also has the first four seasons, as does Hulu, though only Acorn will have the fifth season when it premieres May 13).

Line of Duty focuses on the Anti-Corruption unit, AC-12, which investigates police corruption and over the course of four seasons has found plenty of it, often ending each what-the-hell, gasp-filled season with violent ends. But what has been intriguing on top of Mercurio’s caffeinated plotting is that each season relates in some ways to the one before it, or sometimes multiple seasons together (though, as stated, new viewers don’t need to know that to enjoy season five).

The series revolves primarily around Detective Inspector Kate Fleming (Vicky McClure, Broadchurch, This Is England) and Detective Sergeant Steve Arnott (Martin Compston) and their boss, Superintendent Ted Hastings (Adrian Dunbar), who started ferreting out corruption in 2012, getting immediately likened to a number of American cop series, including The Wire — though its closest cousin is probably The Shield, which puts it in strong company.

It’s probably fair to say that Line of Duty was slightly more grounded in the first season and its fame led Mercurio to raise the stakes — and since he’s quite adept at that, Line of Duty quickly became an ever-more suspicious affair, where it seemed in short order that Birmingham in England was rife with more corruption than New York, Baltimore or L.A.’s Ramparts could keep pace with. And if, in the later seasons — where fans would argue the shocking turns have become more impressively baroque — there has also been more suspension of disbelief in the execution of Mercurio’s magic, it hasn’t dulled the audience’s enthusiasm (or, for that matter, the critical praise). And Mercurio often has his most now-wait-just-a-minute moments given more slack than dubious examining precisely because he’s driving the car at high speeds and no brakes. (You could argue that this generosity in just going with it has also blessed Luther.)

If you know that going in it helps, if for nothing else once you cut Line of Duty some plausibility slack, the series can then be absorbed for its massively entertaining elements. It has become known for inserting a number of compelling British actors into key seasonal roles, like Lennie James (The Walking Dead), Keeley Hawes (Bodyguard, The Durrells in Corfu), Thandie Newton (Westworld) and this season Stephen Graham (Boardwalk Empire, This Is England), letting them drive the series without stealing any thunder from the regular cast. It’s a nice conceit, even if every new face conjures up that “oh, this will end badly” vibe. It’s a testament to Mercurio that just when you think, “Well, this person is clearly guilty, as all the evidence suggests,” he’s got multiple switchbacks and loopholes to play with.

In season five, Graham’s undercover cop is in way too deep and too frequently crosses the bright moral line, which is also a trademark of Line of Duty— as a series it always questions what is worse, and what is gained or lost in the pursuit of justice in the gray margins.

Given that both Acorn and Hulu can get you started and Acorn can catch you up to the present — yes, a sixth season is also a go — there’s probably no reason for viewers to leave this undiscovered. And if you are already joining our cousins in Britain voraciously devouring each offering of Line of Duty, then your days of counting down are almost over. On Monday, Line of Duty really leans into the four seasons that came before it and more connections than ever will be made. If you’re thinking those connections are corrupt, yes, that’s a good start.

Cast: Stephen Graham, Vicky McClure, Martin Compston, Adrian Dunbar, Maya Sondhi, Polly Walker, Taj Atwal

Created and written by: Jed Mercurio

Directed by: John Strickland, Sue Tully

Premieres May 13 on Acorn