Line of Duty 6

The crime drama of the decade is back on the BBC this March. Peter Gray reports.

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After five seasons of Jed Mecurio’s explosive anti-corruption saga, it sometimes seems like the entire nation is counting down to Line Of Duty 6.

A massive hit for the BBC, the show has established its three leading actors, Martin Compston,  Adrian Dunbar and Vicki Maclure, as major stars in their own right. 

But what has Mercurio and his production team got in store for the next instalment of the drama? Here’s everything we currently know about Line Of Duty Season six.


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What is Line Of Duty about?

The drama tells the story of AC12, a unit of the Metropolitan Police’s Anti Corruption section, and its three leading officers, Ted Hastings, Kate Fleming, and Steve Arnott. Experts at bringing bent coppers to justice, the team nonetheless find themselves in an escalating battle against institutional corruption.

Season 5 of the series focused on inspector John Corbett (Stephen Graham) and his attempts to crack a major crime group. Having gone undercover to infiltrate the group, Corbett subsequently went off the radar, failing to make contact with his senior officers for over a month.Fearing that he had gone rogue, AC12 were drafted in to investigate. 


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Who’s the big guest star in Line of Duty series 6?

Line Of Duty is known for its inspired casting and series six of the show will continue that tradition with Trainspotting’s Kelly Mcdonald taking the role of DCI Joanne Davidson.&nbsp

“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” said Line Of Duty writer Jed Mercurio of the appointment.

Sources suggest that Davidson will fall foul of AC12 as they begin an investigation into her unconventional conduct.


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The plot of Line Of Duty Season 6

LOD6 will follow Mcdonald as she and her crime unit investigate an unsolved murder. As the senior investigating officer on the case, suspicion soon falls on Mcdonald, however, when things do not go as planned.

Season six of the show should also put an end to the long running saga of the mysterious H.Line Of Duty fans have been playing a guessing game over the identity of the bent cop since season 2 of the show however it looks like the matter should be settled once and for all in season 6 of the show.

H had initially been though to be a single senior police officer, however, information revealed in season 5 of the show suggests that the mysterious abbreviation is actually the identifier of FOUR different invididuals with one of the four remaining at large.

Whether that remaining officer is Superintendant Ted Hastings, however, remains to be seen.


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Who’s in the cast of Line Of Duty 6?

Adrian Dunbar (Supt Ted Hastings), Vicky McClure (DI Kate Fleming), and Martin Compston (DS Steve Arnott) are joined by Perry Fitzpatrick (This Is England), Shalom Brune-Franklin (Our Girl) and Prasanna Puwanarajah (Doctor Foster).

Brune-Franklin may be a new face in Line Of Duty, but the young star is well known for her role as Private Maisie Richards in the military drama Our Girl. Here, the actress plays a new AC12 recruit, who joins the team just as the unit begin their investigation into Detective Davidson.

When can we see the new series?

After much delay the sixth season of Line of Duty will land on the BBC on the 21st of March 2021. No time has yet been announced for the show. 


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The production of the latest chapter in the series has been as much of a drama as the show itself however. 

Filming on LOD6 was suspended in early March 2020 due to the Coronavirus Crisis. At that point, the production was only six weeks into an expected sixteen weeks shoot. 

When shooting resumed in August, to add to the many and various complications involved in filming such a complex show, the producers of Line Of Duty were forced to work out how to shoot the remaining episodes of the show while observing social distancing. 

Martin Compston (DS Steve Arnott) took to social media to playfully suggest ways in which it might be achieved. Replying to a fan on Twitter, the actor joked about filling the show full of scenes of his character, Steve Arnott, being bollocked by Ted Hastings.

“Season 6 should just be a whole season of Ted b****cking Steve they’re always 2 metres apart every time it happens anyway,” said the fan, uploading a picture of the pair separated by a large table to emphasise his point.

“Social distancing to the letter of the law fella, the letter,” Compston replied in a tweet.

Is there a trailer for Line Of Duty Season 6?

Yep, here it is:

More information on Line Of Duty Season 6 can be found here.

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What: returning drama
When: 21 March 21
Where: BBC1