Line of Duty series finale will ‘shock and frustrate’ fans, Dot Cottan actor Craig Parkinson teases

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Line of Duty star Craig Parkinson has shared his predictions on how fans will react to the series finale on Sunday 2 May.

Craig, 45, played DI Matthew ‘Dot’ Cottan, in the popular BBC series before his character met an untimely death after was unmasked as The Caddy by AC-12.

Despite leaving the series Craig still has much involvement with the police drama and revealed he has already seen the highly-anticipated final episode of the sixth series.

Craig hosts BBC Sounds podcast Obsessed with Line of Duty, which gives him access to episodes early so he can discuss fan theories and reactions.

He recently told Sky News’ Backstage podcast: “I’m watching things in advance of the rest of the nation, I'm having to watch things two or three times, I'm forensically dissecting these episodes, my social media timeline is awash with the maddest of theories you could possibly imagine.”

And being as he has the privilege of viewing the explosive finale early, Craig has provided hints on what viewers can expect, following the release of an action-packed trailer.

Speaking on the Dermot O’Leary’s BBC Radio 2 show, Craig dished some spoiler-free hints about what fans can expect from the series finale.

When asked by host Dermot if viewers were “in for a belter”, actor Craig dished: “I think it’s gonna shock people. I think people are going to be frustrated, it’s exhilarating, it’s exciting… these aren’t soundbites, I’ve seen it four times, honestly, and it really stands up to repeat viewing.”


Podcast host Dermot, 47, attempted to do do some AC-12-style investigation into the Dot Cottan actor’s comments, but Craig deflected by doing impersonations of the series characters.

And, when Dermot said he would be devastated if Superintendent Ted Hastings turned out to be ‘H’, AKA the fourth man in the line of bent coppers linked to the organised crime group [OCG], Craig responded with: “You know I can’t answer that.”

That wasn’t the only fan theory Craig refused to clear up, as when he was asked if Chloe Bishop was in fact Tony Gates’ daughter, he warned: “Don’t go there.”

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Craig’s cautious message to fans wasn’t the only one. As he appeared in Sky News’ Backstage Podcast, the actor said the final episode will “break some hearts”.

The actor said: “I'm so proud of the guys for going back after the break, getting it done without any illness and delivering one of the iconic great British dramas that we've produced in the past few years.

“Talk about timing, we all need AC-12 in our life right now, albeit I'm sure they're going to break some hearts at some point.”

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