Blasting back in the Line of Duty

Blasting back in the Line of Duty: Shootouts, pile-ups, two new female stars and more tantalising clues about ‘H’… as revealed in dramatic teaser for UK’s favourite cop thriller

The new series of Line Of Duty is one of the most anticipated comebacks of recent years.

And the BBC yesterday promised fans of the gripping police drama that they won’t be disappointed when the show returns, as it released an adrenaline-fuelled one-minute teaser for the upcoming sixth series.

The explosive trailer shows edge-of-the-seat shootouts, dramatic car crashes and an exciting glimpse of some of the show’s new characters in action.

Trainspotting’s Kelly Macdonald makes her debut as Detective Chief Inspector Joanne Davidson.

In her sights: DI Kate Fleming (Vicky McClure) is not in the mood to be messed with

Primed to shoot: Firearms officers home in on their latest target in the Line of Duty trailer

Captured: A balaclava-clad man is seen on his knees, surrounded by armed police

Pictured: Tension in the anti-corruption unit as Line of Duty releases its latest trailer

The 45-year-old Scottish actress is the senior investigating officer on an unsolved murder case whose suspicious conduct attracts the attention of the anti-corruption unit, AC-12. 

And Shalom Brune-Franklin, 26 — who has appeared in BBC’s Our Girl alongside Michelle Keegan — is the new addition to the AC-12 team as Detective Constable Chloe Bishop.

The trailer also sees the return of fans’ favourites Adrian Dunbar as Superintendent Ted Hastings, Martin Compston as DS Steve Arnott and Vicky McClure as DI Kate Fleming, who investigate the force’s highest-profile murder.

Some viewers branded the finale of the fifth series, which aired in May 2019 and drew more than nine million viewers, as an ‘anti-climax’, after it was revealed that mysterious criminal mastermind H was in fact code for four people.

So fans will be hoping the show finally reveals the fourth person’s identity — and the teaser suggests it might not be a man they are looking for.

This series of the Jed Mercurio drama features seven episodes, the longest to date. Martin Compston told That Gaby Roslin Podcast this week: ‘In some way, the whole series has been building to this. I think there are a lot of big answers coming in this series.’

Line Of Duty will air weekly from March 21, at 9pm, on BBC One. Also on BBC iPlayer.

Pictured: A van topples over in an action=packed pursuit in the Line of Duty trailer

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