AFTER months of waiting, Line Of Duty is finally making a return to our screens.
With season six on the horizon, keen fans are already looking forward to the long-term future of the series. Here's what the prospects of a seventh series are looking like…
Will there be a series 7 of Line of Duty?
In an interview with Radio Times, series creator Jed Mercurio says it’s “not entirely clear” if there will be a series 7 of the show.
“We’re in a situation where it’s not entirely clear that there will be a seventh series,
“We would hope there could be. But we’re having to do our planning coming out of COVID, and a whole bunch of other things around the idea that these things aren’t guaranteed at all now.”
He continued: “Since probably season four, we’ve been talking to the BBC about the realistic longevity of the series. I’ve experienced broadcasters pulling the plug while we were still developing a storyline –Bodies and Cardiac Arrest both ended prematurely on the BBC.
"So it’s an ongoing discussion, is all I can say. A lot of it depends on the key creatives – me and the main actors – finding new stories to tell within that universe.”
Although things do sound positive.
He concluded: “Without a formal commission, I would say conversations have been very reassuring from the standpoint of not having to wrap things up.”
When is Line of Duty season 6 released?
Season six will kick off on Sunday, March 21.
The first episode will air at 9pm on BBC One.
It will then air weekly on the channel, and episodes will be available to catch up on via BBC iPlayer.
Fans will be delighted to know that the latest season of Line of Duty will feature an extra episode.
All five previous seasons – except for series one – have consisted of six one-hour episodes on BBC One.
This time, there will be seven episodes instead of the usual six.
What will happen in season 6 and how can I watch it?
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 that he wasn't the mysterious H.
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.
The season will focus on the investigation of the murder of a woman named Gail Vella.
Ahead of season six, guest load Joanne Davidson had been described by producers as AC-12's "most enigmatic adversary yet" – so we can expect plenty of drama with her arrival.
Vicky McClure told press that the new series "feels a bit like series three" and that it has "that similar tone to it again".
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