The hit British police drama was re-commissioned for a fifth and sixth season at the conclusion of season four in 2017, however due to production delays in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic, the sixth season is just now becoming available.
Here’s everything we know so far about Line of Duty season 6 on BBC One, including whether or not the anti-corruption unit will return.
The BBC ordered a sixth series in May 2017. Filming began in February 2020, but was halted due to the COVID-19 epidemic the following month; it resumed in September. Filming is expected to go until November 2020. The sixth season premiered on BBC One on March 21, 2021.
Line of Duty was the most popular drama series on BBC Two before transferring channels from series four onwards, and it won the Royal Television Society Award and the Broadcasting Press Guild Award for Best Drama Series. It was named one of the top 50 BBC Two programmes of all time, as well as one of the top 80 BBC shows of all time.
The series was named ninth in The Independent’s top twenty police programmes of all time in 2016, and third in a Radio Times poll of the finest British crime dramas of all time in 2018. The National Television Award for Special Recognition was given to Line of Duty in 2021.
Line of Duty features Detective Sergeant Steven “Steve” Arnott (Martin Compston), a former authorised firearms officer who led an operation to apprehend an Islamic terrorist about to explode a bomb, but the strike team entered the incorrect apartment and shot and killed an unarmed civilian.
Arnott refused to cover up incompetence in the planning and execution of the raid during the ensuing inquiry, and when he was no longer allowed to operate in his unit, he was transferred to AC-12, a team dedicated to finding police misconduct. Detective Constable Kathrine “Kate” Fleming (Vicky McClure) is Arnott’s colleague, a highly regarded undercover cop with a good investigative sense.
Superintendent Edward “Ted” Hastings (Adrian Dunbar), one of several Senior Investigating Officers tasked with discovering wrongdoing within the police department, supervises them.
AC-12 investigates seemingly disparate cases involving seemingly corrupt police officers throughout the series, with each series focusing on a different corrupt officer. AC-12 quickly realises the pervasive nature of corruption and the police’s deep-rooted links to an organised crime group with ties to drug running, prostitution, child exploitation, and people trafficking.
We know ACC Derek Hilton was the second half of H, and legal counsel Gill Biggeloe was the third, so we can anticipate AC-12 to be on the lookout for the fourth and last corrupt official in series 6.
Despite being framed by Biggeloe in series 5, Hastings remains a strong candidate, and AC-3’s DCS Patricia Carmichael, who was investigating him, appears to be a suspect. Meanwhile, OCG member Ryan’s admission to police academy will almost certainly be followed by his appointment as the force’s newest corrupt officer.
In the new season, creator Jed Mercurio held his cards close to his chest. “In this series, AC-12 will look into what’s going on at Hillside Lane Police Station in a case led by DCI Joanne Davidson, and we’ll look into a cold case inquiry,” he said.
“It’s the high-profile murder case of Gail Vella, which has been unsolved for over a year and is proving difficult for the police to crack. There hasn’t been any resolution.” Martin Compston suggested that stories will be further developed – and maybe brought to a conclusion – in series 6 while speaking to the media to promote the fifth season.
“The BBC has been really helpful to us.” He stated “We’ve been commissioned for two at a time since series 2 because Jed has been emphatic that he’ll be the one to complete it, so if he doesn’t know if we’ll get a series 7 or 8, he will end it.
“His problem is that he needs to compensate the audience for sticking with us all these years. It gives him the opportunity to think, ‘I can build this over the following series because I know we will be there,’ which is fantastic.”
- Kelly Macdonald as DCI/Acting DSU Joanne Davidson
- Martin Compston as DS/DI Steve Arnott
- Vicky McClure as DI Kate Fleming
- Adrian Dunbar as Superintendent Ted Hastings
- Anna Maxwell Martin as DCS Patricia Carmichael
- Ace Bhatti as PCC Rohan Sindwhani
- Owen Teale as Chief Constable Phillip Osbourne
- Elizabeth Rider as DCC Andrea Wise
- Nigel Boyle as DSU Ian Buckells
- Christina Chong as DI Nicola Rogerson
- Perry Fitzpatrick as DS Chris Lomax
- Kwaku Fortune as DS Marks
- Shalom Brune-Franklin as DC Chloe Bishop
- Rosa Escoda as Amanda Yao, police cyber crime expert
- Anneika Rose as PS Farida Jatri
- Sherise Blackman as PS Ruby Jones
- Tara Divina as PC Lisa Patel
- Gregory Piper as PC Ryan Pilkington
- Tommy Jessop as Terry Boyle
- Andi Osho as Gail Vella
- Prasanna Puwanarajah as Nadaraja
- Sara Dylan as Boyle’s solicitor
- Amy de Bhrún as Steph Corbett
- Kerri McLean as Deborah Devereux
- Patrick Baladi as Jimmy Lakewell
- Alastair Natkiel as Lee Banks
- Maria Connolly as Alison Merchant, corrupt prison officer
- George Costigan as former CS Patrick Fairbank
- James Nesbitt as former DI Marcus Thurwell
- Steve Oram as the medical counsellor
Filming began in February 2020, but was halted due to the COVID-19 epidemic the following month. But soon it resumed in September, which followed the premier of season 6. The 6th and the final season as it is assumed for now has a total of 36 episodes on its list.
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The series created by Jed Mercurio is highly appreciated. The IMDb users have appraised the series with a rating of 8.7 out of 10. This rating has been acknowledged by more than 50K IMDb users.
I don’t feel obligated to rehash K Harris’ excellent work in terms of providing the reader a sense of the storyline while avoiding spoilers. Summarizing while avoiding spoilers is an art, and I was surprised to learn that two of the other reviews on the listing page failed to do it.
That’s a shame, because spoilers might easily detract from the enjoyment of this taut and tense inquiry by “internal affairs” into probable rule-breaking or worse by a high-ranking officer who has recently received a major award.
Lennie James is a master at portraying the character under inquiry, alternating between charm, real warmth, charismatic leadership, and arrogance, and more broadly making my husband and myself.
As we watched, we alternated between believing that the internal affairs team was in the wrong for focusing far too much on petty issues that should be overlooked in an officer of such obvious talent and believing that the internal affairs team was in the right for focusing far too much on petty issues that should be overlooked in an officer of such obvious talent.
Then, worried for the safety of those young internal affairs officials, somersaulting about again. As we pushed ourselves to portion out the episodes, we had a lot of fun talking about it. Writing such a beautifully detailed character study in five episodes would be a feat in and of itself, but Jed Mercurio’s ability to combine it with such a captivating “did-he-or-didn’t-he” mystery is quite remarkable.
Was it necessary for sensitive viewers to “avert their gaze”? Really? Okay, to each his own, but we didn’t, because we’re not big fans of violence.
However, Hannibal, one of our favourite American series from the previous decade, is one of our favourites because it is so cerebral, with almost all of the violence taking place off-screen.
We don’t look away, though, and it reminded me of Hannibal at points because of the sheer intellect of a complicated programme crafted by a talented show-runner.
On the other hand, it reminded us of (Danish versions) of The Killing and Bron/Broen (The Bridge) in terms of pure compulsive watchability, thus I was shocked to discover that a critic here compared it negatively to those excellent series.
I was also surprised that some reviewers claimed that no character is “likeable,” when by the conclusion, I had gotten to know most of the characters on both sides so well that I loved almost everyone, even those who were proven to be less than admirable at the end.
There were two exceptions, but to say more would be a spoiler, and one of them was someone I admired for the most of the book, making for yet another mystery/surprise. In short, we both thought this was an exceptionally effective programme in two key categories: excellent entertainment value and deep character analyses akin to great novels.
With all of this in mind, you’d think season seven would be a foregone conclusion. But, as of now, there has been no indication about its future. Mercurio and a number of the cast members paid respect to the season six finale on social media.
Acorn TV, BritBox, AMC Premiere, Sling TV, and Amazon Prime Video all carry the Line of Duty online series. You may either join up for an Acorn TV extension (which includes a 7-day free trial) or buy individual seasons and episodes. Line of Duty episodes and seasons are also available on Vudu and iTunes.
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