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Line Of Duty: Adrian Dunbar says he was ‘shocked’ when he saw series six’s storyline come together

Line Of Duty is set to return to the BBC on Sunday, with fans desperate to know just who is behind the mysterious identity ‘H’. 

And Adrian Dunbar, who heads AC-12’s unit as SuperIntendent Ted Hastings, admitted it was a ‘shock’ to see the series come together after the trailer was released earlier this month.

The actor, 62, admitted he found shooting series six incredibly difficult as the coronavirus pandemic meant they had to film the scenes in a non-chronological order, due to safety measures in place.

Surprise: Adrian Dunbar, who heads AC-12’s unit as SuperIntendent Ted Hastings, admitted it was a ‘shock’ to see Line Of Duty’s series six come together, after the trailer was released

During a Q and A about the upcoming series, Adrian said of filming: ‘I did find it difficult. 

‘Jed and the directors had to remind me sometimes exactly where we were because we were jumping between scenes. You know, it’s sometimes difficult how to pitch something when you’re moving, as Vicky said, between directors and episodes.

‘I did find that pretty difficult, it was strange. Normally we shoot in blocks. We have one director for the first three episodes, then another because it is so complicated.

It's back! The much loved police drama is set to return to the BBC on Sunday, with fans desperate to know just who is behind the mysterious identity 'H'

It’s back! The much loved police drama is set to return to the BBC on Sunday, with fans desperate to know just who is behind the mysterious identity ‘H’ 

Tough: The actor, 62, admitted he found shooting series six incredibly difficult, after the coronavirus pandemic meant they had to film the scenes in a non-chronological order

Tough: The actor, 62, admitted he found shooting series six incredibly difficult, after the coronavirus pandemic meant they had to film the scenes in a non-chronological order

‘We’re used to that system but Covid just threw that completely.

‘When I saw the trailer the other day it was a shock to me, because we saw the storyline compressed. 

‘It had taken so long to do it and you have lots of elements of this storyline that as actors you’re not in possession of all the elements. 

‘Once you see it all together you think “god this really think is going to be something else.” And that slipped my mind, let’s put it like that.’ 

Producer Simon Heath explained how the show had to be halted in it’s fourth week of filming, two weeks before the nation was plunged into lockdown. 

Set back: Producer Simon Heath explained how the show had to be halted in it's fourth week of filming, two weeks before the nation was plunged into lockdown

Set back: Producer Simon Heath explained how the show had to be halted in it’s fourth week of filming, two weeks before the nation was plunged into lockdown

Some of the cast and crew had been experiencing Covid symptoms and, with testing not being readily available, both Simon and writer Jed Mercurio decided to shut the production down all together.

When they returned months later, rigorous safety procedures were enforced to minimise the risk of anyone catching the virus. 

Vicky McClure, who plays DI Kate Fleming, explained a whole new set was built for AC-12’s interview room to improve ventilation. 

‘We built a set so that we had a ventilation system, you know, say AC-12 the interview room wasn’t great for Covid, it’s a glass box,’ she said.   

Protocols: When they returned months later, rigorous safety procedures were enforced to minimise the risk of anyone catching the virus

Protocols: When they returned months later, rigorous safety procedures were enforced to minimise the risk of anyone catching the virus 

‘There was talk of us doing our own make up which I was sad that didn’t happen for just one day, just to see how that panned out. There was a lot of changes.

‘The schedule was probably one of the biggest changes from an actor’s perspective because it meant that we were shooting different episodes on the same day with different directors.’

Vicky added: ‘The chronological order of the episodes wasn’t possible because we were bound by location and safety.’

The nature of filming meant the producers shot more footage than planned and so had a dilemma about how the show would conclude. 

Safety measures: Vicky McClure, who plays DI Kate Fleming, explained a whole new set was built for AC-12's interview room to improve ventilation

Safety measures: Vicky McClure, who plays DI Kate Fleming, explained a whole new set was built for AC-12’s interview room to improve ventilation

Jed explained the decision behind extending the series from six episodes to seven. 

‘It would have ended early if we had six,’ he said.

‘It wasn’t the case of planning seven, it’s the effect of the interruption shooting, for all kind of reasons related to safety. 

‘What we found when we got to the end, we initially conceived having a 90-minute episode six, but with all the additions it was pretty clear it would be two hours.

‘So we had a conversation with the BBC and the decision was to split it into two episodes.’ 

Series six will follow the dynamic AC-12 trio investigating the force’s highest profile murder to date. 

Corrupt? The integrity of guest lead Detective Chief Inspector Joanne Davidson (Kelly Macdonald) is questioned

Corrupt? The integrity of guest lead Detective Chief Inspector Joanne Davidson (Kelly Macdonald) is questioned

Guest lead Detective Chief Inspector Joanne Davidson (Kelly Macdonald) is assigned as the senior investigating officer on the unsolved murder case, but her suspicious conduct attracts the attention of the anti-corruption team.

Shalom Brune-Franklin, 26 — 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.  

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 of the Jed Mercurio drama features seven episodes, the longest to date.

Line of Duty will return on Sunday 21 March at 9pm on BBC One. 

New AC-12: Shalom Brune-Franklin, 26 ¿ 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

New AC-12: Shalom Brune-Franklin, 26 — 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

LINE OF DUTY: WHO IS THE FOURTH ‘H’?

Line Of Duty creator Jed Mercurio excited fans when he shared the first clue about the plot of season six to Twitter.

Uploading a snap of a packet of the Australian chocolate biscuits TimTams with the caption ‘#LineofDuty Series 6 Plot Clue No. 1’, fans began to ferociously speculate as to what it might mean.

But one plot point hanging over the next season of the show is about the identity of the ominous ‘H’.

While the mystery was somewhat answered in the season five finale, it was also revealed that there are FOUR people pertaining to be ‘H’, with the final one still unknown.

So who could it be?

Patricia Carmichael (Anna Maxwell Martin)

Patricia Carmichael (Anna Maxwell Martin)

Patricia Carmichael (Anna Maxwell Martin)

She was one of season five’s stand-out characters, swooping in towards the end of the series to interrogate Ted Hastings – highly suspected to be ‘H’ at the time.

And while she simply seemed to be excellent at her job – and hellbent on uncovering the corruption within the department – could it be that Patricia Carmichael was SO keen to pin the blame on Ted to take the focus away from herself.

Could SHE be the fourth ‘H’?

Her position of power and respect, along with her unnaturally steely and cut-throat demeanor, could well point to this.

Ted Hastings (Adrian Dunbar)

Ted Hastings (Adrian Dunbar)

Ted Hastings (Adrian Dunbar)

Ted Hastings was pinpointed by viewers of the show, as well as the characters on the show, to be a candidate for ‘H’.

But it seemed he was exonerated by the end of season five, allowed to walk free.

But could be potentially be triple-crossing us all? Could he in fact STILL be the potential fourth ‘H’.

The biggest issue with this theory is that Gill Biggeloe – one of the three revealed to be ‘H’ – was so against him. Surely she wouldn’t be working to deter him if they were in league?

UNLESS, she doesn’t KNOW he is the fourth ‘H’?

DCC Andrea Wise (Elizabeth Rider)

DCC Andrea Wise (Elizabeth Rider)

DCC Andrea Wise (Elizabeth Rider)

Detective Chief Constable Andrea Wise was new to the show in season five and is another high-powered contender for ‘H’.

She has been constantly interfering when it has come to supporting AC-12’s investigations, removing them from the investigation into Operation Pear Tree. She also instigated the Ted Hastings investigation.

She is also keen to cover up police corruption, despite announcing at the end of season five: ‘This constabulary will work tirelessly to root out rotten apples in its ranks.’

PCC Rohan Sindwhani (Ace Bhatti)

PCC Rohan Sindwhani (Ace Bhatti)

PCC Rohan Sindwhani (Ace Bhatti)

Police and Crime Commissioner Rohan Sindwhani demanded to be ‘in on’ a meeting between Andrea Wise and Ted Hastings. This might be a small clue but any clue could be valid at this point.

Any shady behavior suggests ‘H’ is at play, and so Rohan could indeed be culpable.

 


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