Line of Duty latest – Creator Jed Mercurio forced to defend finale AGAIN as Martin Compston ‘understands’ fans' anger

DISAPPOINTED Line of Duty fans say they are unconvinced by the series six finale unveiling of Ian Buckells as the elusive "H".

Meanwhile the show's top stars -including Ted Hastings actor Adrian Dunbar have all vowed to get matching AC-12 tattoos.

Martin Compston, who plays Steve Arnott, Kate Fleming actress Vicky McClure, 37, writer Jed Mercurio and Dunbar all agreed to the pact after the finale of season six on Sunday.

Compston revealed on social media that the actors and series creator Mercurio had made a pact to get "AC12million" tattoos should viewer numbers reach the milestone.

"Myself, Vicky, Adrian and Jed made an agreement in the inconceivable and ridiculous scenario we ever got twelve million viewers we would get 'AC12million' tattoos. We'll see who's good to their word…"

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  • John Hall

    OFFICIALLY ONE OF THE MOST BINGEABLE TV SERIES

    As Line of Duty celebrates a record breaking weekend with 12.8 million viewers for Sunday’s finale, a recent study ranks them as the 7th most bingeable boxset in the world, a story OLBG study.

  • Alice Peacock

    LINE OF DUTY FANS TORN OVER THAT CONTROVERSIAL SERIES FINALE

    IT’S had us all playing detective for seven weeks – and after Sunday’s Line of Duty, many fans are still trying to work something out.

    How did it all go so wrong?

    The nation has been gripped by series 6 and the hunt for “H” or “the fourth man,” the bent copper lurking amongst the fictional crime drama who was in league with the OCG (Organised Crime Gang).

    And Mother of God, it wasn’t who we were expecting.

    Even our AC-12 heroes, Superintendent Ted Hastings, Detective Inspector Kate Fleming and Detective Inspector Steve Arnott couldn’t believe the top villain was, in fact, chief plonker, DSI Ian Buckells, played by Nigel Boyle.

  • Alice Peacock

    ‘NO SECRET’

    BBC star Giles Coren sparked Line of Duty series seven rumours by claiming a friend has already been cast in it, according to reports.

    In a now deleted tweet seen by the Mail, food critic Giles seemingly let slip the recruitment drive for more episodes is already in full swing.

    His post read: “A friend of mine was cast in series 7 last week. There’s no secret.” 

  • Alice Peacock

    LINE OF DUTY: WHAT WE KNOW ABOUT SEASON SEVEN

    BBC star Giles Coren sparked Line of Duty series seven rumours by claiming a friend has already been cast in it, according to reports.

    In a now deleted tweet seen by the Mail, food critic Giles seemingly let slip the recruitment drive for more episodes is already in full swing.

    His post read: “A friend of mine was cast in series 7 last week. There’s no secret.” 

    The BBC has yet to confirm or deny if a new series is in the works, but with the finale pulling in an average of 12.8million viewers, it is surely an attractive proposition.

  • Alice Peacock

    CONTINUED

    "Making a brain dead brummy the head honcho?? An absolute joke of ending."

    But Jed replied: "Lorraine is the result of what would happen if Jackie Laverty’s body parts were reassembled in the wrong order."

    Property mogul Jackie, a Line Of Duty star in the very first series, was working for a crime gang when she started an air with crooked crop Tony Gates.

    Murdered by the thugs – or, to use Line of Duty parlance, OCG – she was chopped up and stored in a freezer for years to come.

    Her DNA was only discovered in the sixth series when cops spotted a fridge missing from Terry Boyle's flat.

  • Alice Peacock

    'A CHEAP LITTLE SHOW'

    Line Of Duty boss Jed Mercurio has hit back at a viewer who called the hit BBC drama a "cheap little show".

    The 55-year-old show runner had a stinging rebuke for the Twitter user, who wrote a message addressed to him.

    It came after the controversial finale of the sixth series of Line of Duty, which was watched by a record 12.8 million people but left many disappointed.

    Believing the drama had made a dig at PM Boris Johnson, Twitter user Lorraine told Jed: "You should be ASHAMED.

    "Using your cheap little show which built up everyones hopes in a time of CRISIS just to throw a dig at our GREAT Prime Minister 🇬🇧 without whom you wouldnt be writing for the taxpayer."

  • Alice Peacock

    MIXING WITH MADONNA

    DCI Kate Fleming had quite a colourful history before she signed up to the biggest crime drama on TV.

    Vicky McClure only used to hang out with the queen of pop Madge herself.

    She even flew on her private jet when she starred in Madonna’s 2008 film Filth and Wisdom.

  • Joseph Gamp

    11 BEST LINE OF DUTY QUOTES FROM SUPERINTENDENT TED HASTINGS

    TED HASTINGS has become a fan favourite on Line of Duty thanks to his amazing one-liners.

    Here are 11 of the very best from the beloved superintendent, played by Adrian Dunbar…

    Read more here.

  • Joseph Gamp

    WHO IS H, REALLY?

    Fans are unconvinced Ian Buckells is actually H and have pointed to his smirk in the final scenes as proof.

    The hapless detective was revealed as criminal mastermind H after his dodgy spelling implicated him in a series of corrupt and violent crimes.

    One viewer to write on Twitter: “I don’t think this is the last series. That smirk of Buckells at the end! And we don’t even know how Ted, Kate and Steve are going to continue with their lives. I don’t think Bucklles is H. And I still don’t believe that Carl Banks killed Gail Vella.”

    Another posted: “Someone’s pulling the strings and this whole thing is much bigger than Buckells – the smirk on his face in the final shot shows it !!!”

  • Joseph Gamp

    VICKY MCCLURE USED TO HANG OUT WITH MADONNA

    DCI Kate Fleming had quite a colourful history before she signed up to the biggest crime drama on TV.

    Vicky McClure only used to hang out with the queen of pop, Madge.

    She even flew on her private jet when she starred in Madonna’s 2008 film Filth and Wisdom.

  • Joseph Gamp

    NO CHLO

    Line of Duty creator Jed Mercurio rubbished speculation that AC-12 member Chloe Bishop could be the daughter of bent copper Tony Gates from series one.

    “If I hear the theory once more that Chloe is Lennie James’ Tony Gates’ daughter, I’m going to have a hissy fit.

    “I’ve thrown enough Reg 15’s out on Twitter to last me a lifetime.

    “Can we just put that to bed?”

  • Joseph Gamp

    WATCH: LINE OF DUTY'S TOMMY JESSOP REVEALS WHAT REALLY HAPPENED DURING EXPLOSIVE CAR CRASH STUNT

    Line of Duty’s Tommy Jessop reveals what really happened during explosive car crash stunt

  • Joseph Gamp

    FANS SLAM JAMES NESBITT’S LINE OF DUTY CAMEO AS ‘POINTLESS’

    Line Of Duty’s dedicated fanbase have drawn on James Nesbitt’s “pointless” cameo as proof a seventh season is in the making.

    Question marks remain over whether Jed Mercurio’s hit BBC drama will continue, with many viewers left disappointed over what they believed to be a lacklustre series six finale.

    Fans certainly think so, and have taken to Twitter in their droves to speculate on more to come.

    One wrote: “I’m still convinced there’s another series, because I refuse to believe James Nesbitt got paid just for being in two photographs and wearing a wig.”

  • Joseph Gamp

    LINE OF DUTY: WHAT WE KNOW ABOUT SEASON SEVEN

    BBC star Giles Coren sparked Line of Duty series seven rumours by claiming a friend has already been cast in it, according to reports.

    In a now deleted tweet seen by the Mail, food critic Giles seemingly let slip the recruitment drive for more episodes is already in full swing.

    His post read: “A friend of mine was cast in series 7 last week. There’s no secret.” 

    The BBC has yet to confirm or deny if a new series is in the works, but with the finale pulling in an average of 12.8million viewers, it is surely an attractive proposition.

  • Joseph Gamp

    LINE OF DUTY SERIES ONE HELD CLUE ABOUT ELUSIVE 'H', SAYS SERIES CREATOR

    Line on Duty creator Jed Mercurio said he left a clue about ‘The Fourth Man’ all the way back in series one.

    The nation finally learnt the identity of H as 12.8 million viewers tuned in to the Line of Duty final episode last Sunday.

    Speaking on the Obsessed with… Line of Duty podcast, it was revealed there was a clue that no one remembered.

    The clue was that Buckle let the caddy talk to Tummy Hunter in the back of a van alone – showing he was dodgy.

  • Joseph Gamp

    OFFICIALLY ONE OF THE MOST BINGEABLE TV SERIES

    As Line of Duty celebrates a record breaking weekend with 12.8 million viewers for Sunday’s finale, a recent study ranks them as the 7th most bingeable boxset in the world, a story OLBG study.

  • Joseph Gamp

    MIXING WITH MADONNA

    DCI Kate Fleming had quite a colourful history before she signed up to the biggest crime drama on TV.

    Vicky McClure only used to hang out with the queen of pop Madge herself.

    She even flew on her private jet when she starred in Madonna’s 2008 film Filth and Wisdom.

  • Joseph Gamp

    11 BEST LINE OF DUTY QUOTES FROM SUPERINTENDENT TED HASTINGS

    TED HASTINGS has become a fan favourite on Line of Duty thanks to his amazing one-liners.

    Here are 11 of the very best from the beloved superintendent, played by Adrian Dunbar…

    Read more here.

  • Joseph Gamp

    WHO IS H, REALLY?

    Fans are unconvinced Ian Buckells is actually H and have pointed to his smirk in the final scenes as proof.

    The hapless detective was revealed as criminal mastermind H after his dodgy spelling implicated him in a series of corrupt and violent crimes.

    One viewer to write on Twitter: “I don’t think this is the last series. That smirk of Buckells at the end! And we don’t even know how Ted, Kate and Steve are going to continue with their lives. I don’t think Bucklles is H. And I still don’t believe that Carl Banks killed Gail Vella.”

    Another posted: “Someone’s pulling the strings and this whole thing is much bigger than Buckells – the smirk on his face in the final shot shows it !!!”

  • Joseph Gamp

    VICKY MCCLURE USED TO HANG OUT WITH MADONNA

    DCI Kate Fleming had quite a colourful history before she signed up to the biggest crime drama on TV.

    Vicky McClure only used to hang out with the queen of pop, Madge.

    She even flew on her private jet when she starred in Madonna’s 2008 film Filth and Wisdom.

  • Joseph Gamp

    NO CHLO

    Line of Duty creator Jed Mercurio rubbished speculation that AC-12 member Chloe Bishop could be the daughter of bent copper Tony Gates from series one.

    “If I hear the theory once more that Chloe is Lennie James’ Tony Gates’ daughter, I’m going to have a hissy fit.

    “I’ve thrown enough Reg 15’s out on Twitter to last me a lifetime.

    “Can we just put that to bed?”

  • Joseph Gamp

    WATCH: LINE OF DUTY FANS THINK THEY HAVE SPOTTED BUCKELLS AT THE GOLF CLUB WITH OCG BACK IN SEASON 1 IN MASSIVE H CLUE

    Line of Duty fans think they have spotted Buckells at the golf club with OCG back in season 1 in massive H clue

  • Joseph Gamp

    FANS SLAM JAMES NESBITT'S LINE OF DUTY CAMEO AS 'POINTLESS'

    Line Of Duty’s dedicated fanbase have drawn on James Nesbitt’s “pointless” cameo as proof a seventh season is in the making.

    Question marks remain over whether Jed Mercurio’s hit BBC drama will continue, with many viewers left disappointed over what they believed to be a lacklustre series six finale.

    Fans certainly think so, and have taken to Twitter in their droves to speculate on more to come.

    One wrote: “I’m still convinced there’s another series, because I refuse to believe James Nesbitt got paid just for being in two photographs and wearing a wig.”

  • Patrick Knox

    LINE OF DUTY: WHAT WE KNOW ABOUT SEASON SEVEN

    BBC star Giles Coren sparked Line of Duty series seven rumours by claiming a friend has already been cast in it, according to reports.

    In a now deleted tweet seen by the Mail, food critic Giles seemingly let slip the recruitment drive for more episodes is already in full swing.

    His post read: “A friend of mine was cast in series 7 last week. There’s no secret.” 

    The BBC has yet to confirm or deny if a new series is in the works, but with the finale pulling in an average of 12.8million viewers, it is surely an attractive proposition.

  • Patrick Knox

    H CLUE

    Line on Duty creator Jed Mercurio said he left a clue about ‘The Fourth Man’ all the way back in series one.

    The nation finally learnt the identity of H as 12.8 million viewers tuned in to the Line of Duty final episode last Sunday.

    Speaking on the Obsessed with… Line of Duty podcast, it was revealed there was a clue that no one remembered.

    The clue was that Buckle let the caddy talk to Tummy Hunter in the back of a van alone – showing he was dodgy.

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