After a long wait, Line of Duty’s latest series is about to be aired tonight – and fans can’t wait!
The series penned by Brummie Jed Mercurio about the police unit investigating bent coppers has been one of the most-watched dramas in the last decade.
Delayed due to Covid, Line of Duty is known to be quite complex to follow due to the intricate plotlines that somehow seamlessly run through each series since it started in 2012.
And they all lead to a mysterious ‘H’ – the person or people pulling the varied strings of corruption at the heart of the Birmingham set series.
Even star Adrian Dunbar, who plays DSI Ted Hastings, let slip in a recent interview that he “had no idea what was going on” so what chance does the average viewer have?
Fear not! BirminghamLive has put together a handy recap of all you need to know.
Jargon – AC-12
You will have heard of and will hear AC-12 a lot. That’s because it is an abbreviation of the police unit the Line of Duty stars work for – rooting out corrupt officers. So it stands for Anti-corruption unit 12.
We’ve also encountered AC-3 and AC-9 in the previous series, but the Line of Duty regulars work together at AC-12.
DSI Ted Hastings, played by Adrian Dunbar, leads the AC-12 team.
The two main characters who report to Hastings are Steve Arnott (Martin Compston) and undercover specialist DC Kate Fleming (Vicky McClure).
The trio has gone through some ups and downs over the past series and have not always trusted each other. But they are back seemingly stronger and more united then ever.
Any new faces?
In series six Trainspotting actress Kelly Macdonald stars as DCI Joanne Davidson, the senior investigating officer of a high-profile unsolved murder – who is soon under AC-12 investigation.
Actress Shalom Brune-Franklin plays DC Chloe Bishop, who joins the anti-corruption squad while they are looking into DCI Davidson.
What happened in the last series?
Time to get comfortable. You could be here a while.
Right at the start, viewers watched as undercover cop DS John Corbett appeared to have gone rogue while infiltrating an organised crime group (OCG).
Corbett had been assigned to find the identity of ‘H’ while working undercover.
PC Bindra, who worked in AC-12, ended up dead after contacting Corbett’s gang OCG.
Bindra had been leaking AC-12 intel in series 4, and in series 5, she was trying to protect a relative caught up in her dodgy dealings.
Corbett accused her of entrapment and had her killed.
He secretly met and won the trust of Arnott, insisting he was still “straight” and on the trail of H.
OCG member Lisa soon realised Corbett was an undercover cop and had him killed.
But as if that wasn’t dramatic enough, suspicions were beginning to point towards Hastings actually being H.
Debt ridden Hastings was approached by ex-police officer Mark Moffatt, who promised to recoup some of the money he lost in a failed property investment.
Moffatt later handed Ted a brown envelope containing £100,000 in cash.
Together with Hastings appearing to contact Corbett’s gang via an online messenger service on his laptop, it cast further suspicion that Hastings did indeed stand for H.
AC3 DCS Patricia Carmichael interrogated poor Hastings. )AC3 is the police organisation that polices AC-12.)
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Just as Hastings was being charged with corruption, DI Fleming and DS Arnott expose lawyer and Hastings former girlfriend, Gill Biggeloe, as a member of the OCG herself.
All this time, she had been trying to frame Hastings and very nearly got away with it.
It ended with DS Arnott discovering that there could be four corrupt officers that make up ‘H’.
He realised this after re-watching footage of Dot Cottan’s dying confession – when DI Fleming is trying to get him to talk – back in series 3.
In that series, bent officer Dot Cottan’s dying declaration revealed H to be a criminal within Central Police Service. H’s identity has been the biggest mystery in the show ever since.
But Arnott realised Cottan squeezed Fleming’s hand four times – and in morse code, the letter H is four dots.
AC-12 has caught three of the four moles that make up H: Cottan, ACC Hilton ( who PC Bindra was selling intel to) and Gill Biggeloe.
What is the series 6 plotline?
It is set 18 months on from season five.
Trainspotting actress Kelly Macdonald stars as DCI Joanne Davidson, the senior investigating officer of a high-profile unsolved murder.
According to The Telegraph, “her unconventional conduct raises suspicions at AC-12, and they’re soon drawn into another labyrinthine, high-stakes case”.
And, of course, H is still on the loose.
The identity of the three moles who make up H has been revealed. But we still don’t know who the fourth mysterious bent copper is.
Will they unmasked the final H this series? There is only one way to find out.
Line of Duty begins at 9pm on March 21 on BBC One.