BBC boss hints at Line of Duty return as ‘jaw dropping finale’ breaks viewing figure records

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A BBC boss has hinted that Line of Duty may make a comeback after Sunday night’s finale episode broke viewing records.

Loyal fans of the police show have been hooked as they followed Ted Hastings, Steve Arnott and Kate Fleming in their lengthy inquiry into finding out the identity of the fourth man, also known as ‘H’, since the series began in 2012.

And, as the sixth series unveiled Detective Superintendent Ian Buckells as the bent copper AC-12 had been searching for, the show broke viewing records while it aired on Sunday 2 May.

The explosive finale, which left some fans furious and confused, pulled in an average of 12.8million viewers – which is a record for the hit show.

Now, BBC’s chief content officer Charlotte Moore has hinted that we could see more of dishy DI Arnott, DI Fleming and their 'Gaffer' Ted Hastings.

She said of the show: “Addictive event television, Line Of Duty has kept the nation guessing for the last seven weeks, so it’s no surprise that last night’s jaw-dropping finale set a ratings record.”

The BBC big wig also praised the show’s creator Jed Mercurio, who recently said taking part in the series is a "career highlight", and revealed she has plans to speak with the show’s team about its future.

Charlotte continued: “Jed Mercurio is a master of his craft, and I would like to congratulate him and the entire cast and crew for delivering such an incredible drama series. I’m looking forward to having a conversation with the team about where we go next and what the future of the series might be.”

And it’s not only the big bosses at the BBC who want more of the binge-worthy programme, as fans have been calling for a seventh series on Twitter.

One wrote of the show: “I loved it , and of course I very much hope there will be a new series.”

A second said: “@Line_of_duty we must have another series. Buckells as 4th man- you must be joking. He is a buffon, with someone pulling the strings”. [sic]

A third added: “I’ve just watched the final two episodes and thoroughly enjoyed them. There must be another series surely?”

Whereas others believe the show should end at a cliffhanger with AC-12 being at the "weakest position ever" to catch out any form of institutional corruption.

One demanded: “I don’t want a new #LineOfDuty series. I want the last episode remaking. Pathetic and unbelievable that an idiot was revealed as H. Wasted years of my life, all for that outcome! @jed_mercurio #LineofDutyFinale”.

Another quoted Ted Hastings as they quipped: “Mother of God, let that be the end of Line of Duty”.

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And it appears even the cast are unsure if the show will return as Martin Compston, who plays Steve Arnott, revealed on BBC’s The Afternoon Show podcast: “The genuine answer is we don't know, but that's nothing different.

“Every series, Jed takes a couple of months off after it and there's stuff that's way above my pay grade in terms of the data and analytics that comes in.

“There's all this stuff now with 28-day figures because you've got streaming and so on. He likes to sit down in the cold light of day, take the emotion out of it and look at it then.

“I will say for sure that we won't come back just for the sake of it. We'll only come back if he believes there's a story to be told and there's more legs in it.”

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