When does Line of Duty series 6 start? Here's what to expect when the BBC drama returns

LINE Of Duty stunned fans by revealing in the final episode of season five that there are a group of four bent coppers working within the police force.

Gill Biggeloe had been working alongside Dot Cottan and ACC Hilton (who were brought down in previous series) but the fourth member isn't expected to be revealed until season six. So when is it coming back? Find out below…

When does Line of Duty season six begin?

In 2017, it was announced by BBC director-general Tony Hall that “there's not one but two more series of Line of Duty”.

Season five kicked off on March 31, 2019, and will finish THIS Sunday (May 5).

However there has been no official confirmation concerning the premiere date of the sixth series.

With the fourth series airing in 2017, fans will be hoping they don't have to wait another two years to catch new episodes.

The delay between series four and five stemmed from the fact that producer Jed Mercurio had been working on BBC show, Bodyguard.

What can we expect from season 6?

When asked about Ted potentially being the final 'dot’, Mercurio doesn't seem to rule out the possibility of that being the case.

But then that wouldn’t have explained Ted’s suspicious behavior such as when he misspelled the word “definately”, arguing that he had studied messages between the mysterious employer and the OCG, and basically mimicked the spelling on purpose.

It’s a “plausible” defence, Mercurio argues.

"Because we haven't witnessed that, it's something where we're relying on the audience to make up their own mind on."

How sure can viewers be that Ted didn’t tip off Lee Banks? And will the OCG track down Gill and Lisa?

We’ve already established that nobody can escape this organised crime gang. Tommy Hunter died in the first episode of season two after having taken witness protection; Jimmy Lakewell opted for prison time instead of helping a police inquiry.

So it will be interesting to see how Gill Biggeloe and Lisa McQueen try and hatch their escape plan.

How did Line of Duty series 5 end?

Despite top bods trying to pin it on Superintendent Ted Hastings, a shock twist revealed H is not one person, but a group of four bent people working within the police force.

Police lawyer Gill Biggeloe was exposed as the bent copper had been working alongside Dot Cottan and ACC Hilton who were brought down in the previous series.

But the fourth member is still unknown.

The main focus of the episode sees an unkempt Ted in prison clothing being questioned by his nemesis, DCS Patricia Carmichael, played by Anna Maxwell Martin.

With 30 minutes left, DS Steve Arnott (Martin Compston) and DC Kate Flemming (Vicky McClure) crack the case and discover that they have been looking for several people all along.

As the truth comes out about Gill, she attempts to contact the OCG on her burner phone but no one comes to her rescue and she is arrested.

But towards the very end of the episode, it’s evidently clear that the fourth bent copper is still walking free as in a shock scene another copper, who had been working with Carmichael, takes Gill to the loo.

As Gill comes behind the cubicle, the copper wastes no time in whipping out a knife before attempting to kill Gill — but the blade goes through her hand instead.

Arnott is seen storming into the bathroom and shoots the bent copper, who had been given the order to silence Gill following her arrest.


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Which members of the cast will return next series?

BBC One are yet to announce which members of the cast will be returning but it seems safe to hope that the main three cast members will feature in the show.

So Vicki McClure (DI Kate Fleming), Adrian Dunbar (Superintendent Ted Hastings) and Martin Compston (DS Steve Arnott) will hopefully feature.

Also new characters have been introduced in the latter stages of the series, such as Detective Chief Superintendent Patricia Carmichael, who could also be continuing on to the next series.

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