Line Of Duty‘s explosive series six finale is set to kick off on Sunday night, with avid fans (and AC-12 themselves) desperate to discover the identity of ‘H’.
But in a teaser snap from the final episode, DS Steve Arnott (Martin Compston) and DI Kate Fleming (Vicky McClure) could potentially have nailed the elusive fourth man as they point their guns at a target in a very tense looking scene.
Could the hunt for the devious criminal finally be over?
Busted? In a teaser snap from the Line Of Duty finale, DS Steve Arnott (Martin Compston) and DI Kate Fleming (Vicky McClure) could potentially have nailed the elusive fourth man as they point their guns at a target in a very tense looking scene
It’s expected that 15 million viewers will tune in for the final episode, with the much of the plot centring around discovering the identity of ‘H’, with anti-corruption unit AC-12 having a big job on their hands in trying to catch the OCG villain.
And by the look of determination on their faces, Kate and Steve look set to finally put an end to the mystery that has eluded them for months – but viewers will have to wait and see whether they do indeed have ‘H’ in their sights.
DSI Marcus Thurwell (James Nesbitt) is reportedly Ladbrokes favourite to be unveiled as the antagonist with odds of just 7/4, with viewers convinced that the bent copper is still alive despite being declared ‘dead’ by Spanish officers in the last episode.
Meanwhile, DCI Patricia Carmichael (Anna Maxwell Martin) has odds of being the villain of 2/1 according to Betfred.
Caught at last? By the look of determination on their faces, Kate and Steve look set to finally put an end to the mystery that has eluded them for months – but viewers will have to wait and see whether they do have ‘H’ in their sights
While a You Gov poll saw 22% of fans opt for chief constable Phillip Osbourne as their man, according to The Sun.
One thing’s for sure, the identity of H will be revealed on Sunday as Alison Hammond announced H will be appearing on This Morning next week, while Phillip Schofield had earlier teased a ‘very exciting guest’.
The presenter, 54, signed off from Friday’s episode of the ITV show teasing viewers that H will be ‘on the sofa’ on Monday, joking that she doesn’t mean H from Steps.
After running through Monday’s line-up, Alison told viewers: ‘After Line Of Duty’s Sunday night show we’re going to have H on the sofa – and it’s not H from Steps.’
Her co-host Dermot O’Leary, 47, could not contain his excitement as he leant back and squealed at the exciting news.
On the case: It’s expected that 15 million viewers will tune in for the final episode, with the much of the plot centre around discovering the identity of ‘H’, with anti-corruption unit AC-12 having a big job on their hands in trying to catch the OCG villain.
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)
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 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)
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)
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.
Meanwhile, the publication reports that the preview episode of the finale has been shrouded in secrecy by the BBC, with TV insiders and journalists given a plethora of passwords to access the show.
A source said: ‘Staff were under strict instructions to keep character and plot revelations under strict lock and key.
‘Friends and families of the key actors also kept schtum on letting slip on any show details.’
Hush hush: Meanwhile, the publication reports that the preview episode of the finale has been shrouded in secrecy by the BBC, with TV insiders and journalists given a plethora of passwords to access the show
The final of Line Of Duty looks to be an action-packed finale episode complete with a police standoff, the return of balaclava men and the discovery of a written note with THAT ‘definately’ misspelling.
A new trailer sees Superintendent Ted Hastings (Adrian Dunbar), who is facing imminent retirement, state: ‘All of these suspicious deaths were orchestrated by one officer in particular, H. The fourth man.’
Hastings’ powerful words went alongside flashbacks of the deaths of solicitor Jimmy Lakewell, police officer Lisa Patel, journalist Gail Vella and former Detective Inspector Marcus Thurwell- whom fans believe is still alive.
Trailer: In a teaser released on Monday, viewers can be certain of an action-packed finale episode with a police standoff, the return of balaclava men and that ‘definately’ misspelling
AC-12: The trailer starts off with Superintendent Ted Hastings (Adrian Dunbar), state: ‘All of these suspicious deaths were orchestrated by one officer in particular, H. The fourth man’
The trailer then shows acting Superintendent Jo Davidson (Kelly MacDonald) leaving the high-security prison in handcuffs, only to end up alone in a van with a corrupt prison officer who previously injured Lindsay Denton in series three.
A handwritten note is also teased in the trailer, with the word definite misspelt to mirror what viewers have seen previously.
A huge clue of the identity of H began to emerge in series five, when the OCG communicated with ‘H’ through a computer.
Fall from grace: The trailer then shows acting Superintendent Jo Davidson (Kelly MacDonald) leaving the high-security prison in handcuffs
Clue: A handwritten note is also teased in the trailer, with the word definite misspelt to mirror what viewers have seen previously- will this be the clue AC-12 needs?
Eagle-eyed fans were quick to notice H spelling definitely as ‘definately’, and this misspelling has been repeated in subsequent episodes.
Will this handwritten report be the breakthrough AC-12 need to close in on ‘the fourth man’?
It certainly seems Hastings and his team are on to something as police cars sped down the road, with armed officers closing in on a residential area during the trailer.
However, despite the huge success of the BBC show, Martin Compston revealed the BBC drama could be coming to an end sooner than everyone thinks.
Crime: The police board shows AC-12’s work so far; with DI Dot Cottan, Chief Superintendent Derek Hilton, Gill Biggeloe and OCG members including Lisa McQueen and Tommy Hunter
Martin – who previously revealed that executive decisions about the series are ‘above his pay grade’ – cast doubt on the show’s future during an appearance on The Jonathan Ross Show.
Speaking on Saturday’s show, Martin, 36, said: ‘We won’t come back just for the sake of it. That’s for sure. We’ll come back if there’s a story to tell.
‘If it ends well maybe sometimes it is best to leave it. But genuinely we don’t know.’
The admission comes after Martin teased that fans will get some ‘big answers’ during Sunday’s finale, and admitted he believes it could be the ‘perfect ending’ to the police drama.
Coming to an end? It’s the show that has gripped the nation, yet Line Of Duty star Martin revealed the drama could be coming to an end sooner than everyone thinks
Speaking on the Shrine Of Duty podcast, Martin confessed that he thinks Sunday’s episode could be the best way to wrap up the ‘story arch’ – but he refused to rule out another series.
When quizzed on whether viewers will learn who the illusive ‘H’ is, Martin said: ‘I wouldn’t quite go the Jo Davidson no comment route – but what I will tell you is I think there’s a lot of pay offs coming this Sunday.
‘There’s a lot of big answers and it’s deserved, people have stuck with us for a long time, so there comes a point where the story arch comes to an end.’
Martin also touched on whether series seven is likely, after show bosses previously claimed they believed the current season would be the last.
Teaser: Martin teased that fans will get some ‘big answers’ during the finale, as he admitted he believes it could be the ‘perfect ending’ to the police drama
He said: ‘We don’t know [if there will be another] – that’s nothing new. Jed always takes time after a series, like a couple of months.
‘There’s a lot of stuff above my pay grade like analytics and audience scores. He takes the emotion out of it and looks at all that.’
Admitting it could be the ‘perfect ending’, he said: ‘It’s different this year, because we have to look it in terms of, do people want us back? 10 years in you start to think of legacy, and if it goes down that well it might be the perfect ending.’
‘But then we might go another couple of months and… what I will say is we won’t do one just for the sake of doing it. Jed will only do it if there’s a story to be told.’
The Line Of Duty series six finale airs on BBC One on Sunday at 9pm.
Omg! Martin confessed that while he thinks Sunday’s episode could be the best way to wrap up the ‘story arch’ – he also refused to rule out another series
LINE OF DUTY SEASON SIX: WHAT ARE THE MAIN FAN THEORIES?
Season six of Line Of Duty has left fans with more questions than answers, with viewers flocking to Twitter to question what exactly is DCI Jo Davidson is up to, whether Kate Fleming has really left AC-12 and who is H?
Here, MailOnline examines some of the most prominent fan theories
Kate Fleming HASN’T left AC-12 and is working undercover
One of the most shocking discoveries was AC-12’s Kate is now working with a new team- with some fans suggesting she could even be the infamous H.
While chatting to her new gaffer DCI Davidson, Kate said: ‘I got fed upon nicking coppers, I’d rather go after the psycho who murdered Gail [Vella].’
But despite seeming confident in her new role, some viewers were left wondering if all was at it seems and theorised that Kate could still be undercover for AC-12.
Even after she tipped off Davidson and incurred the wrath of Ted Hastings, fans have continued to speculate that she is so deep undercover that even Hastings is having to keep her true agenda secret.
Kate Fleming HASN’T left AC-12 and is working undercover: Is it true? The jury is still out on this one
DCI Jo Davidson is being blackmailed by an Organised Crime Group
Jo has already survived a grilling from AC-12’s top team and appeared to clear her name when it was ex-girlfriend PS Farida Jatri who seemed to have taken part in corruption.
However, Jo was seen hitching a ride with known bent copper Ryan Pilkington and taken to collect a burner phone, making her look suspicious once more.
Fans, however, are convinced the DCI is being blackmailed by an OCG, following her emotional outburst when she was summoned to pick up a new burner.
DCI Jo Davidson is being blackmailed by an Organised Crime Group: Is it true? After her car park outburst it seems increasingly likely
DCI Jo Davidson’s mother is Anne-Marie McGillis
Fans speculated over who Jo’s mother could be after she was seen in a photograph in the first episode.
Many theorised her mother has something to do with season five character John Corbett’s [Stephen Graham] mother Anne-Marie McGillis, who was killed by an Irish Republican paramilitary group sometime after 1989.
DCI Jo Davidson’s mother is Anne-Marie McGillis: Is it true? There simply isn’t enough evidence yet to determine on way or the other
Gail Vella is still alive
Although season six has centered around the murder of journalist Gail Vella, one obscure theory is that she is in fact still alive.
Craig Parkinson, who played Matthew ‘Dot’ Cottan in the show, said on BBC Sounds podcast Obsessed with Line of Duty: ‘Somebody is in that flat and there’s some connection with Gail Vella, the investigative journalist.
‘You don’t cast someone like Andi Osho and then just have her as little magazine prints and stick them up on a kitchen wall.’
Sarah Millican – who also appeared on the podcast – went on to suggest Vella may have been a former lover of DCI Davidson’s.
Gail Vella is still alive: Is it true? It seems unlikely that the scale of police corruption is so huge that they could fake a murder victim
DC Chloe Bishop is Tony Gates’ daughter
Bishop is one of AC-12’s newest recruits, and as Gates and his wife Jools had two daughters, Natalie and Chloe, viewers have suggested their shared first name ‘can’t be a coincidence’.
Gates’ daughter was last seen in season one in 2012, which means she’d be roughly the same age as Bishop is now.
Fans have suggested that Bishop either took her mother’s maiden name or the name of a step-father, so that her true identity remains a secret – for now.
Gates died at the end of the first season when he walked into a busy road after getting a confession from gang leader Tommy Hunter, who had been blackmailing the police officer into covering up their criminal activity.
DC Chloe Bishop is Tony Gates’ daughter: Is it true? The dates and facts line up, but there still isn’t enough to write it off as a coincidence just yet
DCI Jo Davidson’s mystery blood relative is…?
After it was revealed that Jo’s DNA matched someone on the Police National Computer, fans theorized who that could be.
The overriding theories suggested that Davidson’s relative was either Tommy Hunter, of series one and two, Mike Dryden of series two, John Corbett of series five, or Derek Hilton, killed off in series four.
Tommy Hunter was the leader of the OCG in earlier series of the show, and a paedophile. His character is dead.
Mike Dryden, the former Deputy Chief Constable, was last seen resigning from his post for perverting the course of justice in series two. His Scottish links also suggest he could be related to Davidson.
John Corbett was an undercover cop in series five who had his throat slit, leaving behind a wife, two daughters, and a mysterious link to a woman, Anne-Marie, whom fans claim could also be Davidson’s mother.
Derek Hilton was a Chief Superintendent and later the Assistant Chief Constable of Central Police. He was also secretly affiliated with organised crime. He was shot in the mouth in a staged suicide in season four.
Other suggestions were Gill Biggeloe, Jackie Laverty, Lindsay Denton or Terry Boyle.
After it was revealed that Jo’s DNA matched someone on the Police National Computer, fans theorized who that could be. Scottish Mike Dryden was last seen resigning from his post for perverting the course of justice in series two