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Mother of God, NI loves Line of Duty

As fans prepare for Sunday's finale, Aine Toner looks at the show's effect in Northern Ireland and its legacy

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DS Steve Arnott (Martin Compston)

DS Steve Arnott (Martin Compston)

Superintendent Ted Hastings

Superintendent Ted Hastings

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DS Steve Arnott (Martin Compston)

The underpass in Belfast's city centre may not be the most salubrious of locations, but you know when Steve Arnott and Kate Fleming - with a bonus appearance from Ted Hastings - pop up, you're in for a Line of Duty revelation. Even though we believe the show's events are taking place in a Midlands town, spotting the locations close to where we grew up and live makes watching the show even better.

Line of Duty has been clocking up applause from the moment it started. Its opening episode of series six was, in March, the most watched episode of drama since 2018, with consolidated figures showing a total 13.1 million viewers tuning in. An impressive figure, and one further enhanced when you consider 12.1 million tuned into the finale of series five. Last Sunday, the programme recorded its most watched episode - 11 million viewers and 51.7% of the audience share. More people watched the AC-12 investigations in the UK than watched The Oscars in the United States (9.85 million).


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