Line of Duty boss Jed Mercurio blasts 'work-shy and unprofessional' BBC and reveals people 'he avoids like plague'

LINE of Duty boss Jed Mercurio has blasted 'work-shy and unprofessional' BBC and revealed there's people 'he avoids like the plague'.

The 55-year-old writer has worked with the BBC on the hit crime drama since its debut in 2012.

The show started on BBC Two before moving to BBC One for series four in 2017.

But ahead of the highly anticipated sixth series premiering on the channel this Sunday, Jed has blasted the Corporation during an interview with Radio Times.

He said: "It’s still one of the least efficient broadcasters, in my opinion, from my experience of others.

"There are institutional issues – around levels of professionalism and work ethic, to be honest.

"I am very fortunate that, in the course of my career, I’ve migrated towards the people I have a good working relationship with, who are supportive and carry out their professional duties in the right way so we can address concerns in good time."

He continued: "But there are people within the BBC who I avoid like the plague because they have been there a long time and they are fundamentally work-shy.”

While Jed didn't name and shame, his comments will no doubt cause a stir at the BBC just as the new series is about to launch.

It will once again see the return of Adrian Dunbar, Vicky McClure and Martin Compston as their AC-12 alter egos, still on the hunt for the mysterious 'H'.

This series, they will also be joined by Shalom Brune-Franklin as DC Chloe Bishop and Kelly Macdonald as DCI Joanne Davidson.

Series six will also be the longest in the show's history, with a trailer previously revealing there will be seven episodes as opposed to the usual six.

Line of Duty series six begins on Sunday, March 21 at 9pm on BBC One.

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