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Line of Duty’s writer and creator, Jed Mercurio, is going to meet BBC bosses in a few weeks to negotiate a seventh season of his drama.

The show’s proven to be incredibly popular, with over 7.6 million people tuning to watch the latest episode.

That was the second highest audience of the show’s history and this season sees AC-12 desperately trying to find an enigmatic character called ‘H’ who seems to be pulling all the strings from behind the scenes.

However, Jed has dropped a huge clue suggesting that DI Kate Fleming (played by Vicky McClure) and DS Steve Arnott (Martin Compston) won’t be able to find ‘H’.

Jed said: “We’re looking forward to a conversation with the BBC once series five has aired . . . about whether there is an appetite from fans to have more, or whether there’s a feeling the show is coming towards its natural arc.

“That conversation will be very specific, which is whether series six will be the last, or whether the BBC would be prepared to commission a seventh so we can approach series six knowing it’s not the last.”

The fact that they’re discussing a season seven could suggest that ‘H’ won’t be caught in seasons five or six.

There have been many theories suggesting who ‘H’ really is, yet Jed had previously hinted that they might be all wrong.

Speaking at the BFI and Radio Times Television Festival 2019, Jed told host Mark Lawson he had planned it so a number of characters could take on the role of the corrupt officer at any given time.

Jed said: “Sometimes there were characters whose name could be corrupted or nicknamed into being an 'H' if I wanted to, so some of the characters were given names where they could have been revealed as having an 'H' connection if it was required."

But, Jed noted the identity of ‘H’ could actually end up being changed in future seasons.

“Yeah, I suppose if I had an idea later on that was even better then, yeah, of course I would change it,” he continued.

“You want it to be as good as possible and surprising and so forth.”

Going on to tease it may take some time for viewers to get answers, Jed hinted: “I think there are different degrees of resolution.

“And when you have a returning series what you're aiming to do is to resolve certain things but create an interesting direction that comes out of that new information.

“Irrespective of whether something gets resolved or not, what you're trying to achieve is that it gives you forward momentum into finding out something different, or re-examining the assumptions that have gone into something.

“And that's something that we've done all the way through, so it's only really when we knew we were completely finishing that we would try and achieve a greater deal of resolution than that."

That’s not the only bombshell Jed had for fans, as he revealed the show could run for another two series.

“Once series five has finished airing we'll have a conversation with the BBC, with a view to whether there's a possibility to series seven being commissioned,” he commented.

“But we definitely know we've got series six."

Line of Duty season 5 continues tonight on BBC One at 9pm.


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