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Line of Duty commissioned for two more series, BBC confirms

Will Dunbar's Hastings become the focus?

By Jonny Bell

The BBC has confirmed that there will be at least two more series of its hugely popular police drama Line of Duty.

The drama - which focuses on police corruption and filmed in Belfast - came to a thrilling climax on Sunday drawing 7.5million viewers.

The BBC has confirmed two more series will be made.

“I am very excited to say there’s not one but two more series of Line of Duty. So hooray for AC-12," said BBC Director General Tony Hall.

He added: "That series was challenging, complex, uncompromising and a massive hit.

"One viewer even wondered out loud whether she was allowed to stand up and applaud her television."

The new commission will see six series in total, a figure writer Jed Mercurio has said he was aiming for. He has also said the next fifth series will be screened in the spring of 2019 with filming only viable at the tail end of next year.

The show follows the investigations of detectives Arnott and Fleming as they investigate corruption within the police.

They work for AC-12 under the leadership of Superintendent Ted Hastings played by Adrian Dunbar. The show has catapulted the Fermanagh actor into a household name with his no nonsense portrayal of the straight talking Ulster man.

However, the series just gone posed questions over Hastings' own possible involvement in corruption. In one of the final scenes on the show he ruled himself out of being a suspect in a wide-ranging investigation into corruption at the highest level of his own police force.

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