Line of Duty is confirmed to return for a sixth series
Line of Duty has been commissioned for a sixth season, before the fifth has even started being made.
The show’s creator Jed Mercurio told MarkMeets that he was uncertain about the possibility of a sixth series.
But BBC director general Tony Hall has now confirmed fans can look forward to two more outings.
“I am very excited to say there’s not one but two more series of Line of Duty. So hooray for AC-12!” he said.
Mercurio had previously revealed: “I certainly would make six. Whether I would go beyond six would depend on how series five went.”
The fourth series of the police drama reached a dramatic climax on Sunday, with an average of 7.46 million viewers tuning in to the finale.
Line Of Duty’s success was rewarded with a move from BBC Two weeknights to BBC One’s prestigious Sunday night drama slot for series four, a punt that paid off handsomely as ratings rose and word-of-mouth turned it into a national obsession. We’re still waiting for the consolidated viewing figures for the finale, but the penultimate episode ended up with over 9m viewers which is a hit in anybody’s book.
Series five is due to film in 2018, and is likely to arrive on screens the following year. We’ll keep you posted as more arrives.
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