TED HASTINGS has become a fan favourite on Line of Duty thanks to his amazing one-liners.
Here are 11 of the very best from the beloved superintendent, played by Adrian Dunbar…
1) "There's only one thing I'm interested in… and that's bent coppers"
There's only one place to begin.
Ted delivered the famous line when questioned by Gill Biggeloe in series 3, looking the corrupt lawyer straight in the eyes and letting her know the ONLY thing he's interested in.
If Ted had a mic, he would have dropped it.
2) "Now we're sucking diesel"
The superintendent has many great quotes – and this is right up there with the best.
He loves to let his team know when they've made a key breakthrough in a case with a one-liner.
Another great quip – "now we’re cooking with gas" – is also commonly used.
3) "Mother of God"
Ted pulls out the famous line whenever he needs to vocalise his frustration, shock, anger or any other emotion you think of.
And it was Dunbar who wanted to introduce the catchphrase in tribute to his late father.
Speaking to the Metro, Dunbar said: "He would say, 'Mother of God' all the time. He used to just say 'Mother' and we knew what he meant."
4) "Gotcha a big pint of that cats' p*** that you young fellas seem to like so much"
If there's one thing you need to know about Ted, it's that he doesn’t like lager.
He let DI Steve Arnott know exactly what he thinks of the stuff in a classic series 1 scene.
The Northern Irishman likes hard alcohol – whiskey, scotch, brandy – so don't try and buy him a pint of Carling if you see him in your local pub.
Ted refers to everyone as 'fella'.
Suspects, colleagues, strangers in the street, his cat, whoever he was chatting to on that laptop in series 5 – you name it.
It simply wouldn't be a Line of Duty episode without the catchphrase.
6) "We do our duty to the letter of the law – the letter"
AC-12's job is to question suspicious officers, so comes as no surprise when they receive counter accusations.
But Ted is always on hand to quash any ludicrous claims, not accepting any nonsense.
There's not a chance he would let a corrupt officer into his ranks – unless your name is DI Matthew 'Dot' Cottan.
7) "None of my people would plant evidence, they know I would throw the book at them – followed by the bookshelf"
But if any AC-12 officers didn’t follow the letter of the law, you can be sure Ted would come down on them hard.
We've heard of police officers throwing the metaphorical book at suspects – but the bookshelf?
I doubt Steve and his cats' p*** would like to be on the end of that.
8) "The name's Hastings, like the battle"
Ted's way of helping people to remember his name is by quoting the Battle of Hastings, a famous 1066 conflict between the Normans and Anglo-Saxons.
The superintendent delivered the line to DCI Tony Gates in series 1 and continues to use it, later telling a superior: "The name's Hastings, ma'am, I'm the epitome of an old battle."
It's strange to think that nearly 1,000 years on, the battle is being quoted for our entertainment in a BBC crime drama.
9) "We've been round the houses, Steve – round the houses and down the bloody drains"
Ted always wants to be 'sucking diesel' – and when he's not, you've got a problem.
The AC-12 boss let Steve know how frustrated he was at their lack of progress with this classic one-liner.
Did they find anything down the drains? Steve's cats' p***, maybe?
10) "I didn’t float up the Lagan in a bubble"
Fans were left bemused in series 5 when Ted used this quip on DSU Alison Powell.
The phrase is actually a Belfast colloquialism based on the river Lagan, used to remind people of their know-how and experience.
Show creator Jed Mercurio was challenged to use the one-liner and said it was too 'irresistible' to ignore.
11) "Oh Jesus, Mary and Joseph AND the wee donkey"
It’s fair to say this made plenty of us laugh during series 6.
Why did the wee donkey get dragged into the argument? What's the wee donkey ever done to Ted?
It was the perfect one-liner from Ted – and fans will be hoping for one last quip from the icon in the series 6 finale.
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