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Ian Buckells star Nigel Boyle refuses to rule out season 7 return and defends ending


JESUS, Mary, Joseph and the wee donkey – Line of Duty series 6 finale is here.

The sixth season was watched by 11million viewers last week.

Last night’s episode finally saw bungling bent copper Det Supt Ian Buckells revealed as arch villain H.

The BBC have given no indication whether there will be another season after this one. 

Martin Compston, who plays Steve Arnott, spoke to Jonathan Ross alongside Kate Fleming actress Vicky McClure, 37, ahead of the hotly-anticipated series six finale.

Martin didn’t give much away but did hint at another series if there was an interesting story to tell.

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  • WILL THERE BE MORE?

    The finale left 11million fans’ heads scratching – but the show’s creator is being coy about if there’s going to be more.

    Show creator Jed Mercurio, along with stars Vicky McClure and Martin Compston, seemed to hint it was all over.

    Hours before the hotly-anticipated final episode McClure, 37, tweeted: “Please excuse the slightly over emotional post but it’s been quite a surreal time! Now . . . Let’s wrap this up.”

    Mercurio, 55, added: “Working with Vicky McClure, Martin Compston (and) Adrian Dunbar has been the highlight of my career. Thanks to the rest of the cast, our brilliant crews and the production team for six incredible seasons.”

  • THAT’S WHERE HE’S FROM

    Line Of Duty fans have been scratching their heads as they recognise actor Perry Fitzpatrick (DS Chris Lomax) but are unsure of where.

    The actor has appeared in a number of well known shows including Peaky Blinders, Downton Abbey and drama I Am alongside his Line of Duty co-star Vicky McClure.

    But it seems it was his role as Flip in the This Is England miniseries that most viewers remembered.

    Taking to Twitter, one wrote: “Lomax in #LineofDuty played this legend in This Is England… a fine actor is Perry Fitzpatrick.”

  • SPELLING TEST

    It appears Ian Buckells would’ve remained criminal mastermind H if only he learnt how to spell “definitely” properly.

    It also appears that this is one of the words taught to Year 5/6 pupils, according to a school teacher.

    Jon Biddle said on Twitter: “Basically, if Buckells had put a little bit more effort into learning the words on the Year 5/6 spelling list, he’d never have been caught and would now be enjoying the proceeds of his life of crime. That’s next week’s assembly message sorted. #LineofDuty”

  • ‘BUTCHERED’

    Good Morning Britain’s Alex Beresford has taken a brutal swipe at the season 6 finale claiming it had been “butchered”.

    He wrote online: “Mother of God Jo!!

    “All the evidence suggests the finale was ‘definately’ butchered!

    “Admit it….”

    The GMB star also shared a meme of Detective Superintendent Joanne Davidson (Kelly Macdonald) delivering her line: “No comment.”

  • MORE HOPE FOR SERIES 7

    LINE OF DUTY is odds-on with Ladbrokes to make a sensational seventh series.

    The bookies just made it 4/5 that Jed Mercurio gets Ted Hastings, Kate Fleming and Steve Arnott back together for series 7.

    Jessica O’Reilly of Ladbrokes said: “Although fans may be a little underwhelmed by the final episode on Sunday evening, the betting suggests it’s not the end of the road and Jed Mercurio will be back with another instalment of Line of Duty.”

  • LINE OF DUTY SEASON 7?

    Line Of Duty actor Tommy Jessop and his mum Jane have hinted there WILL be.

    The pair chatted to a Good Morning Britain’s Sean Fletcher and Kate Garraway today and admitted there is still more to be revealed on the hit BBC cop drama.

    Tommy – who played murder suspect Terry Boyle – said writer Jed Mercurio kept his cards close to his chest until the very end.

    But his mum revealed: “Obviously we had lots of theories and ideas.

    “But do we even know everything now? I’m confused…”

  • UNSUNG HERO

    While the AC-12 did finally catch criminal mastermind H, there is a real hero in the division – and fans want justice.

    Chloe Bishop was instrumental in uncovering the identity of H as Ian Buckells.

    But fans want recognition for her, with one person saying: “Chloe watching on as the team go off to the pub to celebrate when it was all her work that did it. Mate.”

  • CLUES CLUES CLUES

    The show’s biggest plot twist was resolved last night, but did it make sense?

    There were multiple clues linking H to the bungling bent copper Ian Buckells.

    From golf clubs to a link to Ryan Pilkington, it appeared the answer was in front of our faces all along...

  • BUCKING TRENDS 

    Line of Duty star Nigel Boyle has defended the series six finale after fans labelled it a “disappointment”.

    The DSU Ian Buckells star told BBC Breakfast: “The fans have been brilliant, so many people have invested so much.

    “There’s always going to be some element of disappointment. You can’t have every series with a big shoot out and ‘urgent exit required’. Sometimes a subtler message is more important.”

  • TOO MANY ANCRONYMS

    Are you confusing your AC-12’s from your AMIP? Are there too many BIP and not sure what blue-on-blue means?

    Line Of Duty is famous for its acronyms, but that does mean it can be hard to understand what’s going on.

    The Sun has decoded all of them just in case you’re also struggling.

  • BIG SECRET

    Nigel Boyle – who played Ian Buckells – revealed he had to keep H’s identity a secret for a YEAR.

    He also said show creator Jed Mercurio texted him before the scripts arrived to warn there was something big.

    But the worst part – he had to keep it a secret during lockdown.

  • BENT TO BALLROOM

    Strictly bosses are desperate to sign up Vicky McClure for the new series, The Sun revealed yesterday.

    BBC producers are determined to try and benefit from the crime drama’s runaway success.

    And they believe 37-year-old Vicky, who plays Detective Constable Kate Fleming in the programme, may be up for a slot on TV’s most-loved Saturday night show.

  • WHO IS NIGEL BOYLE?

    Nigel has played Det Supt Ian Buckells since the very first series – but his profile shot up in last night’s season six finale.

    But what’s his life really like? We’ve taken a look at his offscreen life with wife Lainy, including looking after his baby girl and admitting to dodging train fares to get ad castings.

  • QUESTIONS REMAINING

    While the bombshell finale answered some questions, there are still many hanging plot threads that need resolving.

    Is romance in the air for Kate Fleming and Steve Arnott? Will Supt Hastings appeal against his enforced retirement succeed? What will Det Chief Supt Carmichael do with Ted’s confession?

    We take a look at some of those questions

  • PIERS’D OFF

    Another celebrity voicing their disappointment with Line Of Duty is outspoken Piers Morgan.

    The ex Good Morning Britain star branded the final “a tad underwhelming” after discovering that Ian Buckells was H.

    The TV star hilariously mocked the concluding episode by subtlety misspelling the word ‘definitely’ in honour of the mistake that led to ‘H’ downfall.

    He wrote: “Definately a tad underwhelming. #LineofDutyFinale.”

  • ‘IF THERE’S A STORY TO TELL’

    Line of Duty star Martin Compston – who plays Steve Arnott – has said the show could return for a seventh series.

    Speaking on Jonathan Ross’ show earlier this week, he said: “We won’t come back just for the sake of it. That’s for sure. We’ll come back if there’s a story to tell.

    “But, so as well, if it ends well maybe sometimes it is best to leave it. But, so, genuinely we don’t know.”

  • WHO IS H, REALLY?

    Fans are unconvinced Ian Buckells is actually H and have pointed to his smirk in the final scenes as proof.

    The hapless detective was revealed as criminal mastermind H after his dodgy spelling implicated him in a series of corrupt and violent crimes.

    One viewer to write on Twitter: “I don’t think this is the last series. That smirk of Buckells at the end! And we don’t even know how Ted, Kate and Steve are going to continue with their lives. I don’t think Bucklles is H. And I still don’t believe that Carl Banks killed Gail Vella.”

    Another posted: “Someone’s pulling the strings and this whole thing is much bigger than Buckells – the smirk on his face in the final shot shows it !!!”

  • WILL THERE BE MORE?

    The finale left 11million fans’ heads scratching – but the show’s creator is being coy about if there’s going to be more.

    Show creator Jed Mercurio, along with stars Vicky McClure and Martin Compston, seemed to hint it was all over.

    Hours before the hotly-anticipated final episode McClure, 37, tweeted: “Please excuse the slightly over emotional post but it’s been quite a surreal time! Now . . . Let’s wrap this up.”

    Mercurio, 55, added: “Working with Vicky McClure, Martin Compston (and) Adrian Dunbar has been the highlight of my career. Thanks to the rest of the cast, our brilliant crews and the production team for six incredible seasons.”

  • END OF THE LINE

    Not only have some fans turned against the Line Of Duty finale – but celebs as well, with Kate Garraway calling it “disappointing”.

    She said: “I’ve got to say – I mean, I haven’t seen it yet – but from what’s been reported in the papers, it is a little bit disappointing who H turned out to be.”

    Adding her thoughts, Charlotte Hawkins said: “I think it’s one of those things where it’s coming up to the finale and there’s so much speculation that it’s hard to live up to expectation.”

  • TWEET TWEET

    TV presenter Giles Coren has sent fans into overdrive with a tweet claiming series seven of Line of Duty WILL happen.

    The now deleted post saw Giles write: “A friend of mine was cast in series 7 last week. There’s no secret.”

     

  • SMIRK IT OUT

    Nigel Boyle has downplayed Buckells’ smirk at the end of the finale.

    As he was locked in his cell, Buckells had a wry smile on his face, leaving fans wondering what it meant.

    Speaking on BBC Breakfast on Monday, he said: “I think he knows he’s got away with this for so long and he’s obviously gonna get a reduced sentence.

    “The powers that be will want to keep this swept under the carpet, and he knows he’s gonna be alright in the grande scheme of things.”

  • JED MERCURIO SPEAKS OUT

    Line of Duty creator Jed Mercurio has spoken out after the series six finale and acknowledged the underwhelming reaction from some viewers.

    Retweeting the great news that the episode broke modern day UK viewing records for the BBC, Jed wrote: “We’re honoured and flattered by the viewing figures for #LineofDuty6.

    “We knew attempting to explore the real nature of corruption in our society wouldn’t appeal to everyone, but we do sincerely thank you all for watching.

    “It’s been our privilege to share your Sunday nights.”

  • BACK ON THE BEEB

    The BBC’s Chief Content Officer Charlotte Moore said of a potential seventh series: “Line of Duty has kept the nation guessing for the last seven weeks, so it’s no surprise the jaw dropping finale set a ratings record.

    “I’m looking forward to having a conversation with the team about where we go next and what the future of the series might be.”

  • DUTY BOUND

    BBC chiefs want Line of Duty writer Jed Mercurio to come up with a seventh series of the TV sensation.

    The Sun has revealed how Beeb bosses have launched fresh talks with the show’s creators after the sixth season ended with bungling bent copper Det Supt Ian Buckells being revealed as arch villain H.

    They now want a further series from Jed, 54.

  • ARNOTT’S APOLOGY

    Martin Compston, who plays Steve Arnott in the series, has apologised to any fans who were unhappy with the ending on Sunday night.

    In a post on social media he said: “‘Hey folks now the madness is slightly dying down, just want to thank everybody who reached out about last night and the series as a whole, we’ve truly been blown away by the reaction and love for the show we’re proud of it.

    “Fully understand it wasn’t the ‘urgent exit’ type ending some anticipated but we appreciate you sticking with us.

    Felt many emotions from excitement and anxiety at the hype to relief that it’s over. Now I just feel immense pride our show that started on Wednesdays on BBC2 has just smashed every overnight drama record since they began.”



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