Line of Duty series five episode three may have featured a nerve-shredding armed robbery and a horrible cliff-hanger for Ted Hastings’ wife – but it’s one small spelling mistake that has fans really talking.
Eagle-eyed viewers of the BBC1 cop drama spotted a telling error when John Corbett (Stephen Graham) received messages from the mysterious ‘H’ – the police officer at the heart of the show’s organised crime group (OCG).
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Messaging Corbett about a planned raid on a police facility, the crime boss typed: “Eastfield depot is definately high risk.”
It wasn’t long before viewers pointed out that there had definitely been a mistake in the scene.
— Carole Heffernan (@Carolemhe) April 14, 2019
— Elliot Gonzalez (@elliot_gonzalez) April 14, 2019
Many are now speculating whether this misspelling will later identify the high-ranking bent copper.
Proof that #LineofDuty messes with your head. Currently debating whether this is a production error or a clue to the identity of H. On high alert for further spelling errors! pic.twitter.com/VlaBZTR3gF
— Helen S (@Ellasmum2604) April 14, 2019
Could anyone put me out of my misery and tell me that the misspelling of #definately in tonight’s #LineOfDuty will eventually turn out to be a major clue and not just a horrible spelling error #omg pic.twitter.com/djbCH5xnye
— Volcano Digital Art (@volcanodigital) April 14, 2019
— Becky H (@BeckyTeachopia) April 14, 2019
It’s possible of course that this typo won’t mean a lot if ‘H’ has already been unveiled. After all, during the raid itself, DCS Les Hargreaves (Tony Pitts) was exposed as an officer with links to the OCG before dying at the hands of Corbett.
Was Hargreaves really the top dog behind those (poorly spelt) messages to Corbett? Is the hunt for the OCG boss finally over? Will the folks at AC-12 enjoy a fairly calm end of the series after all?
Don’t bet on it, fella. We’re almost guaranteed more twists unveiling other corrupt coppers are on the way. Let’s just hope Ted isn’t one of them.
Line of Duty continues on Sundays at 9pm on BBC1