Speaking in September 2018, series creator Mercurio said: “With Line of Duty we’re shooting series five now, and series six has been commissioned which we’re gonna shoot hopefully in the next couple of years.
“So yeah Line of Duty should be on air, series five early in 2019.”
Star Martin Compston revealed in December that he expected the new series to air in April 2019 – his prediction ended up just one day out.
“I think round about April probably,” he said on ITV’s Lorraine. “We just finish it and then we hand over to the BBC scheduling gods, but I think April has sort of been the time that they normally put it on.”
He revealed: “There are things we haven’t done before, characters we haven’t seen before and that I think’s part of the construction of the series.”
Take a look at the trailer and you get a few clues as to what he’s hinting at – including an ominous shot that appears to show Ted Hastings standing in a prison cell. The pressure is clearly on as we see not just one balaclava man but a whole gang, headed up by Stephen Graham’s John Corbett, with three police officers murdered in a hijacking.
It also looks like – with the pressure on – some tension is emerging between the AC-12 gang, and Steve Arnott shown held at gunpoint.
It’s been a long break since the last series of Line of Duty, but writer Jed Mercurio has kept himself busy with his BBC1 smash hit Bodyguard starring his Line of Duty actress Keeley Hawes and Richard Madden. Charting bodyguard David Budd and his protection of Home Secretary Julia Montague, the series has made a splash around the world – and earned Madden a Golden Globe.
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