Line of Duty creator reveals plans for season 6 filming to finish ‘before Christmas’ to guarantee 2021 release

LINE of Duty creator Jed Mercurio has revealed plans for season six filming to finish “before Christmas” in order to guarantee a 2021 release. 

The exciting update comes after the cast and crew of the BBC police drama took part in a live web-based Q&A on Monday night. 

During the chat, Jed was asked when the sixth series of Line of Duty would resume production amid delays caused by the coronavirus pandemic. 

He said: “…There are a few things to figure out, but we're working towards a day… I know a date has been talked about in the press, but as usual they got it wrong."

He added: “We are working towards a day and if we can get over all the hurdles we will be back filming.

“We'd love to be on air next year, so we really have to make sure we complete our filming before Christmas.”

These comments come after the series creator previously said that the production team were considering rewriting Line of Duty's sixth series following lockdown.

He said in May: “We're all considering [a re-write]. 

“We shot for four weeks in a pre-lockdown world, and all that material would have to be re-shot if we were going to change things.

“That would have huge cost implications, but we are considering it.”

Line of Duty stars Vicky McClure, Martin Compston and Adrian Dunbar as the AC-12, the anti-corruption unit of the police. 

The first series debuted in 2012 and followed DC Kate Fleming [McClure], DS Steve Arnott [Compston] and Superintendent Ted Hastings [Dunbar] as they investigated recently named Officer of The Year DCI Tony Gates for corruption.

The series has seen a host of high profile actors feature including Thandie Newton, Keeley Hawes and Daniel Mayes. 

Line of Duty is being aired on BBC One, while series one to five are available on boxset now.

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