Line Of Duty’s Adrian Dunbar admits the cast treat writer Jed Mercurio like he’s their ‘best mate’ in case he decides to ‘throw their character out a window’

Line Of Duty star Adrian Dunbar has admitted the cast make an effort to butter up creator and writer Jed Mercurio, in case he decides to kill their characters off.

Asked about the forthcoming sixth series, the actor – who plays Superintendent Ted Hastings on the long-running cop drama – admitted: ‘I have never been in an ongoing series before and after series two I realised the writer has absolute control of your life.

‘If Jed wants to, he could just throw me out of a window. So consequently we are all really nice to Jed. He is our best mate.’

On side: Line Of Duty star Adrian Dunbar has admitted the cast make an effort to butter up creator and writer Jed Mercurio, in case he decides to kill their characters off

Adrian, 62, also told The Sun that Jed keeps the plot details close to his chest – including who the infamous ‘H’ will be unmasked as.

‘Jed does not let us know, does he? Who knows? The twists and turns of Jed’s mind… anybody could be. In the latest trailer, the finger is pointing in all different directions that you would not have imagined.

‘So the clues are there as to who people are. Things will be revealed in this series.’

In a further chat with The Mirror, Adrian addressed Ted Hasting’s trademark catchphrases, admitting Jed writes so many of them into the scripts he ends up having to ‘ration’ them.

All-powerful: ‘If Jed wants to, he could just throw me out of a window. So consequently we are all really nice to Jed. He is our best mate,’ Adrian said

Asked about the forthcoming sixth series, the actor – who plays Superintendent Ted Hastings on the long-running cop drama – admitted: ‘I have never been in an ongoing series before and after series two I realised the writer has absolute control of your life’

‘I have to rein Jed back sometimes and say “I can’t just be saying this. I’ll have to cut two or three out of this scene as there are just too many of them”. So I ration them a bit,’ he said.

The new series of Line Of Duty is one of the most anticipated comebacks of recent years, with the BBC releasing an adrenaline-fuelled one-minute teaser for the upcoming sixth series this week.

The explosive trailer shows edge-of-the-seat shootouts, dramatic car crashes and an exciting glimpse of some of the show’s new characters in action.

Trainspotting’s Kelly Macdonald makes her debut as Detective Chief Inspector Joanne Davidson in the teaser, which also sees Martin Compston as DS Steve Arnott and Vicky McClure as DI Kate Fleming back in action.

In her sights: DI Kate Fleming (Vicky McClure) is not in the mood to be messed with

Primed to shoot: Firearms officers home in on their latest target in the Line of Duty trailer


Captured: A balaclava-clad man is seen on his knees, surrounded by armed police

Pictured: Tension in the anti-corruption unit as Line of Duty releases its latest trailer

45-year-old Scottish actress Kelly is the senior investigating officer on an unsolved murder case whose suspicious conduct attracts the attention of the anti-corruption unit, AC-12. 

And Shalom Brune-Franklin — who has appeared in BBC’s Our Girl alongside Michelle Keegan — is the new addition to the AC-12 team as Detective Constable Chloe Bishop.

Hands up: We get a glimpse of newbie Detective Chief Inspector Joanne Davidson

Crying game: Things aren’t looking good for the latest recruit, played by Kelly Macdonald

Caught in the crossfire: Another new face, DC Chloe Bishop (Shalom Brune-Franklin) is upset

Some viewers branded the finale of the fifth series, which aired in May 2019 and drew more than nine million viewers, as an ‘anti-climax’, after it was revealed that mysterious criminal mastermind ‘H’ was in fact code for four people.

So fans will be hoping the show finally reveals the fourth person’s identity — and the teaser suggests it might not be a man they are looking for.

This series features seven episodes, the longest to date.

Martin Compston told That Gaby Roslin Podcast this week: ‘In some way, the whole series has been building to this. I think there are a lot of big answers coming in this series.’

Line Of Duty will air weekly from March 21, at 9pm, on BBC One. Also on BBC iPlayer.  

Mugshots: Corrupt cops… and another puzzle to solve in the latest series of Line of Duty

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