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Jed Mercurio: Belfast 'a fantastic home' for Line of Duty

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Pictured at a special Belfast preview screening of the first episode of series 5 of Line Of Duty is series writer and creator Jed Mercurio.
Photo by William Cherry/Presseye Pictured at a special Belfast preview screening of the first episode of series 5 of Line Of Duty is series writer and creator Jed Mercurio.
Jed Mercurio. (Isabel Infantes/PA)
Kate (VICKY MCCLURE), Steve (MARTIN COMPSTON), Hastings (ADRIAN DUNBAR) - (C) World Productions - Photographer: Aiden Monaghan

Line of Duty creator and writer Jed Mercurio has said that Belfast has been "a fantastic home" for the hit crime drama.

The series writer was joined by executive producer Simon Heath at BBC Blackstaff House in Belfast for a preview screening of the highly-anticipated new series on Wednesday.

Speaking to BBC Northern Ireland, Merucrio said: "It's been a fantastic home for the series. It's got great locations. We are incredibly grateful for the hospitality we've received here.

"I think people in Northern Ireland watching the series will occasionally have moments where they recognise locations and I think that's all part of the relationship we have with the people of Northern Ireland and we're really grateful for the support we get."

Mercurio - who enjoyed huge ratings success in 2018 with Bodyguard - is known for his unexpected twists, and the new Line Of Duty series is sure to have fans on the edge of their seats when it airs on Sunday.

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Martin Compston films with Line of Duty 5 at the Obel building in Belfast on September 20th 2018 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)

A recent trailer for series five showed H, the corrupt senior officer who was thought to be dead at the end of series four, is still in the picture.

The last episode, which aired in 2017, concluded with Hastings saying he was satisfied that Assistant Chief Constable Hilton was the one colluding with the late Dot Cottan, but it appears H may still be at large.

Line Of Duty returns to BBC One on Sunday at 9pm.

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