UK fans of The Rookie can rest easy now – the hit procedural drama has returned for season 6.

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Having aired earlier this year in the US, new episodes of The Rookie are now being released weekly on Sky Witness and NOW, with the premiere episode landing on our screens tonight.

There's set to be plenty of drama and twists in store, but actor Eric Winter (who plays Tim Bradford) has revealed that he'd love a particular storyline to rear its head in the future.

Now that we know The Rookie season 7 is officially on the cards, Winter has teased exclusively to RadioTimes.com that he'd like to explore the story of his on-screen mother.

He revealed: "Diving into his past has been so huge because it's really explained why Tim is the way he is – and his upbringing is very different from my own, so that was very fun as an actor to also explore."

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As for what's in store in this sixth season, there will be plenty on the horizon for John Nolan (Nathan Fillion) and his LAPD squad.

The show follows Fillion's Nolan as the oldest rookie in the LAPD, who has since gone from strength to strength in his career – with Fillion opening up about what aspect of his character progression he's enjoyed the most.

He revealed that it's Nolan's "willingness to leave everything behind and start again" which is one of his best characteristics.

Opening up about the legacy of the show on its 100th episode, Fillion also said: "I want it to become... not iconic, but culturally embedded. If legacy means it has to end first, I hope our legacy doesn’t come for a while yet."

Read on for everything you need to know about The Rookie season 6.

The Rookie season 6 UK release date

Lisseth Chavez and Nathan Fillion in The Rookie standing together in police uniform
Lisseth Chavez and Nathan Fillion in The Rookie. ABC/Raymond Liu

The Rookie's sixth season is premiering in the UK at 9pm on Thursday 27th June on Sky Witness and NOW.

New episodes will continue to be released weekly every Thursday.

The Rookie season 6 US release date

The Rookie returned for season 6 on Tuesday 20th February at 9pm ET on ABC and Hulu in the US, with episodes airing weekly.

Who could we see in The Rookie season 6 cast? Cast news

Tru Valentino as Aaron Thorsen in The Rookie.
Tru Valentino as Aaron Thorsen in The Rookie. Raymond Liu/ABC via Getty Images

We can expect the main cast to all be returning, led by Fillion as Nolan, who has more than made a name for himself as an LAPD cop.

Most recently, it was confirmed that Lisseth Chavez has been promoted to series regular for the upcoming season, meaning we'll be seeing a lot more of officer Celina Juarez. One character whose future hangs in the balance, though, is Tru Valentino's Aaron Thorsen.

After being seen on our screens a lot more in season 5, Thorsen was shot in the season 5 finale and was rushed to hospital. While the surgery went alright, the tense episode ended with Thorsen in a coma and the fate of the character left up in the air.

It's very likely also that we'll see the return of Kristian Bruun as the new series villain, after we initially met him in the dramatic season 5 finale.

The main The Rookie cast that we'd expect to see in season 6 are as follows:

  • Nathan Fillion as John Nolan
  • Alyssa Diaz as Angela Lopez
  • Richard T Jones as Wade Grey
  • Mekia Cox as Nyla Harper
  • Melissa O’Neil as Lucy Chen
  • Eric Winter as Tim Bradford
  • Jenna Dewan as Bailey Nune
  • Shawn Ashmore as Wesley Evers
  • Lisseth Chavez as Celina Juarez

What will The Rookie season 6 be about?

Eric Winter as Tim Bradford in The Rookie sitting in the driver's seat of a car and having a phone call with someone looking stressed.
Eric Winter as Tim Bradford in The Rookie. Raymond Liu/ABC via Getty Images

We can be certain that the series will continue on its top form of bringing us drama, comedy and some intriguing cases for Nolan and his LAPD team.

According to a release by ABC Entertainment: "In the aftermath of the assaults in the explosive season 5 finale, the team must now try to understand why they were targeted and if there is a bigger plan in place."

So, we can definitely expect the sixth season to follow on from the drama of the season 5 finale, which saw a black SUV drive towards downtown Los Angeles as all the police drove away from that very location.

While we were led to believe that Luke Moran was behind the string of attacks, we then saw a man in the SUV laugh about implicating Moran in the crimes.

Although we don't yet have a name for him, the character is played by Kristian Bruun, who said: "That is money well spent. Weaponising Luke Moran against the LAPD has driven every cop in the city away from our target. And by the time they've realised the damage we've done, we'll be long gone." Chilling stuff, right?

Well, we can almost be certain that the new villain will rear his head in the new season and cause further trouble for the team - but as to what extent, we'll have to tune in and find out.

As for other light-hearted plot lines in the series, series star Eric Winter has opened up about the ongoing romance between his character Tim Bradford and Lucy Chen (Melissa O'Neil).

Chatting exclusively to RadioTimes.com, Winter revealed: "I never saw it going in this direction. I've said it before, this was a relationship created by the fans for the fans.

"You know, the fans really dictated this. I knew we'd be a partnership and we joked about a little ship name as partners, but never thinking it would really go to where it went."

He added: "The fans built this up and created it, the writers listened and the actors did their job to bring it on its feet. So I never saw it [coming]. But kudos to the fans because they created the movement."

Is there a trailer for The Rookie season 6?

There most certainly is! The trailer teases plenty on the horizon for our cast, including some high-stakes cases that ring too close to home for some.

The Rookie season 6 premieres on Thursday 27th June on Sky Witness and streaming service NOW in the UK and is available to watch on ABC in the US.

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