The finale of BBC’s Bodyguard may have been packed with scenes of nail-biting tension and a twist that completely flipped the series, but for many fans, the evening’s talking point was a new Line of Duty trailer.
Immediately following the Bodyguard, BBC1 revealed a teaser for the upcoming fifth series of creator Jed Mercurio’s other drama…
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The short clip didn’t give away too much, but viewers glimpsed Detective Sergeant Kate Fleming (Vicky McClure), with Superintendent Ted Hastings (Adrian Dunbar) declaring: “AC-12 is being met with an institutional cover-up!” Business as usual then.
— Vicky McClure Fans (@McClure_Fans) September 23, 2018
But then viewers were hit with a revelation which could be the key talking of series five: Steve Arnott has a beard.
Sneakiest of sneak peaks of @Line_of_duty there but we’re back fully loaded and bearded ?♂️???
— martin compston (@martin_compston) September 23, 2018
Yes, the Detective Sergeant played by Martin Compston was seen sporting some heavy facial furniture, a marked difference from his usual cleanly-shaven face.
And viewers couldn’t get over it…
— ?Sarah ? (@LifeisLoki) September 23, 2018
— Claire Ashton (@StarCash1) September 23, 2018
So #LineOfDuty 2019 and Steve’s got a beard? What’s that about, fella?
— hammersmithblue (@hammersmithblue) September 23, 2018
— Lisa Baker (@Liza_8) September 23, 2018
So, although the trailer really only revealed the change in Arnott’s appearance (this being old news for those who saw an earlier picture of the cast), it still got viewers SERIOUSLY hyped for upcoming episodes…
Sorry, but a #LineOfDuty comeback has made my bloody night!!!!
— Beth Gordon (@bethanygordon_) September 23, 2018
— Ellie Pringle (@EleanorMPringle) September 23, 2018
— Rachel Burden (@rachelburden) September 23, 2018
Fans have still got a bit of a wait to see the fifth series, though: Jed Mercurio has said AC-12 will be back on the case in early 2019.
This article was originally published on 24 September 2018