When is Line of Duty season six out on the BBC? – The Sun

LINE Of Duty is one of the most popular shows on the BBC and it has been confirmed for a sixth series.

Viewers are desperate to find out what goes down when series six hits our screens – but the wait might be longer than expected due to lockdown.

When is Line of Duty season six on TV?

Line Of Duty fans are on the edge of their seat waiting for the next series of the hit show, which is due to arrive in 2021.

Filming for series six began in Belfast, Northern Ireland, in February 2020, as Martin Compston confirmed on his Instagram page.

Vicky McClure, Compston and Adrian Dunbar were pictured reunited ahead of series six.

However, the coronavirus pandemic halted filming when the UK went into lockdown in March 2020.

There was talk that the filming may be completely overhauled, but it was confirmed that the cast returned to Belfast to continue filming in October 2020.

To the delight of fans, Vicky McClure and Martin Compston have been posting footage of themselves goofing around on set.

Creator Jed Mercurio revealed plans for season six filming to finish “before Christmas” in order to guarantee a 2021 release.

Mercurio spoke more about the fate of the series during a Royal Television Society talk.

Who is in the cast of Line Of Duty season six?

So far the big three of DI Kate Fleming, Ted Hastings and Steve Arnott have been confirmed to return for series six.

Kelly MacDonald is also joining the cast for the new series.

She will play Detective Chief Inspector Joanne Davidson, the senior investigating officer of an unsolved murder, who raises suspicions at AC-12.

  • Vicki McClure as DI Kate Fleming
  • Adrian Dunbar as Superintendent Ted Hastings
  • Martin Compston and DS Steve Arnott
  • Kelly MacDonald as Detective Chief Inspector Joanne Davidson

What can we expect from season six?

WARNING: Contains spoilers from season five of Line Of Duty 

It has been confirmed that the three main characters will certainly be returning in season six, as they have been spotted on set already.

We can also expect the series to be comprised of six one-hour episodes on BBC One.

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.

But series creator Jed Mercurio doesn't seem to rule out the possibility of Ted being the final "dot".

Ted’s behaviour was often suspicious, such as when he misspelled the word definitely as  “definately”, exactly the same as the leader of the organised crime group.

Mercurio argues that mimicking previous messages is a “plausible” defence, although some still think it points to his guilt.

So 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.

We could also expect to see the return of DCS Patricia ­Carmichael from AC-3.

She has vowed to take Hastings down, but could she be bent as well as one of her colleagues, Martina Tranter, who tried to kill Biggeloe?

And then there's Ryan Pilkington.

He first appeared in the show in the first series – so it's probably a good idea to reacquaint yourself with his actions there.

At the end of series five the OCG thug, makes it into the police force, so potentially another bent copper on the beat.

How did Line Of Duty season five end?

WARNING: Contains spoilers from season five of Line Of Duty 

Despite top bods trying to pin it on Superintendent Ted Hastings, a shock twist revealed H is not one person, but a group of four bent people working within the police force.

Police lawyer Gill Biggeloe was exposed as the bent copper who had been working alongside Cottan and Hilton who were brought down previously.

But the fourth member is still unknown.

The main focus of the episode sees an unkempt Ted being questioned by his nemesis, DCS Patricia Carmichael, played by Anna Maxwell Martin.

With 30 minutes left, DS Steve Arnott and DC Kate Fleming crack the case and discover that they have been looking for several people all along.

As the truth comes out about Gill, she attempts to contact the OCG on her burner phone but no one comes to her rescue and she is arrested.

But towards the very end of the episode, it’s evidently clear that the fourth bent copper is still walking free as PC Tranter, who had been working with Carmichael, takes Gill to the loo.

The officer whips out a knife and attempts to kill Gill – but the blade goes through her hand instead.

Arnott storms into the bathroom and shoots Tranter, who had been given the order to silence Gill following her arrest.

One member of the OCG, Lisa, is seen getting a new ID and working with schools.

Her former OCG pal Ryan becomes a student police officer.

Operation Pear Tree is closed and both Fleming and Arnott receive a commendation for their role in events.

Retired DCI Mark Moffatt is found guilty of bribery after Gill's confession – and she is given a new ID.

Moffat claims the money found in Hastings room is only half the amount, but then we see Hastings approaching bent copper John Corbett's widow with an envelope that probably contains the outstanding £50,000.

John had previously worked undercover with the OCG, but had lost contact with his handlers.

A formal misconduct hearing into unauthorised undercover operations finds Superintendent Hastings guilty of discreditable conduct.

Following a final written warning, Hastings continues to command AC-12.

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