Line of Duty reportedly set to return for ‘three-part special’

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22 Dec 2022, 07:53

Vicky McClure, Martin Compston and Adrian Dunbar on the set of Line of Duty.

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Massively popular BBC police drama Line of Duty is reportedly coming back, with its stars Martin Compston, Adrian Dunbar, Vicky McClure returning for an ‘explosive climax’.

The hit show came to an apparent conclusion with its sixth series, but the finale proved to be somewhat divisive, with some fans left disappointed when the mastermind behind the network of police corruption was revealed as the seemingly hapless Ian Buckells (played by Nigel Boyle).

Well, The Sun now reports that the story will continue with “three new episodes of the smash-hit cop drama".

Whilst the BBC has “declined to comment” on the reported "three-part BBC1 special", The Sun suggests that the plan is to film from next spring, and that “the final three parts could be shown as early as next Christmas.”

And it seems that our three favourite AC-12 members will be back together for the shows, with Adrian Dunbar coming back as Ted Hastings, Vicky McClure returning as Kate Fleming and Martin Compston and his waistcoats back as Steve Arnott for the three-part BBC1 special from the mind of creator Jed Mercurio.

A TV insider told The Sun: “There was a very strong feeling, particularly among fans, that there was unfinished business with Line of Duty.

“Viewers weren’t satisfied with the ending of series six and were crying out for a more sensational conclusion — now Jed can deliver that."

In the new episodes, fans will hope to discover whether H really is the brains behind the whole criminal organisation. “There’s also a theory another, darker puppet-master is at work,” the source said.

“The fact that they’re looking at taking the unusual step of making three episodes rather than the usual six or seven is a reflection of just how special this is for the show.”

In October, Adrian Dunbar told that the LoD stars and creator Jed Mercurio have been speaking about reviving the show: “We do. We get together again and again,” he told us.

Meanwhile, while speaking exclusively to at the Women of the Year Awards 2022, Vicky McClure admitted that she and her AC-12 pals would definitely be up for more episodes of the BBC drama. “We love the show. We desperately would love to do more.”

We don’t know about you, but we are very excited about the potential return of the Line of Duty world!