Line of Duty star addresses why BBC drama would be cancelled ‘Everything is finite!’

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Line of Duty has provided BBC viewers with high-octane drama, watching AC-12 trying to bring down the most corrupt police officers lurking within their ranks. Leading the charge is Adrian Dunbar’s character Superintendent Ted Hastings, who is set to encounter more problems in season six. With so much of the story still to tell and the villainous H organisation yet to be exposed fully, the 62-year-old actor who plays the Commander and Chief has revealed what it would take for the broadcaster to cancel the long-standing show.

Ahead of the drama’s return later this year, Adrian appeared on Graham Norton’s Virgin Radio show to speak about what’s in store for viewers.

The actor told the 57-year-old chat show host: “I think as long as there’s an appetite from our audience for the show, we’ll keep going.

“Why would we stop? We’ve managed to keep the standard, Jed [Mercurio, show creator] rather, has managed to keep the standard so high for so long, and people love the show.

“I hope it does go on,” he continued before explaining the programme would have to be cancelled at some point in the future.

“But of course everything is finite, I see Peaky Blinders is coming off after six fabulous seasons,” he added.

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“When it ends, it will end, and we’ll have all had the most wonderful time,” Adrian explained but for now, it seems viewers are going to be treated to a lot more drama.

And very soon by the sounds of things as the show is coming back with a bang with not only six episodes, but seven.

Speaking on The One Show earlier this week, Adrian said: “Like everyone else, we locked down in March when we had episode one and a bit of episode two done.

“And then we came back and this time, we shot it all out of sequence – it was difficult,” he continued before revealing the exciting news.

We’ll keep going

Adrian Dunbar

“One of the extraordinary things is that they’ve got another episode out of it,” Adrian explained to viewers.

“So instead of six episodes, we’re going to have seven which is extraordinary but it was hard to get out heads around the complicated storylines.

“And when you’re shooting out of sequence, sometimes it’s difficult. We usually shoot in two blocks so you can keep all that complicated stuff in your head.

“I’m dying to see it with everybody else because sometimes it gets a bit confusing. But I’m hoping it will all be fixed in the edit.”

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As Adrian mentioned, the cast and crew of the show became a big support bubble when filming the episodes during the pandemic last year.

Therefore, when viewers watch the episodes, the actors will not be social distancing, although all other safety measures were in place.

AC-12 will also be welcoming a new member to their team as it’s been revealed actress Shalom Brune-Franklin, 26, will be joining as the character of DC Chloe Bishop.

The latter will help the team try to crack the investigation of corrupt Detective Chief Inspector Joanne Davidson (played by Kelly Macdonald).

It was already known actress Shalom would be joining the cast but the details of her character were kept firmly under wraps.

Discussing becoming a part of the show last year, she said: “Being on set as such a huge fan of the show is such a trip out.

“I was running around, being a fangirl and I don’t know if that’s ever going to wear off,” she told Radio Times.

With season six just months away, season two of the highly-acclaimed drama will replay on-screens from 9pm this evening.

Line of Duty season six begins later this year on BBC One.

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