Great news for Line of Duty fans, the hotly anticipated fifth season is ready and on its way to our TV screens, so prepare to fall back into those nail-biting interview scenes and heart-racing twists.
Written by Jed Mercurio, the critically-acclaimed crime drama has been loved by the nation since its launch on BBC One back in 2012. Six years on and four seasons deep, the show still remains a favourite on British telly. And following the showstopping end to the previous season, the upcoming season is set to be the most gripping yet.
Here’s everything we know about Line of Duty season 5 so far…
What will Line of Duty season 5 be about?
Viewers will remember that the end of season four brought the revelation that Line of Duty’s network of ‘bent coppers’ were even larger and a lot more complex than AC-12 could have imagined. In fact, it became apparent that they had only scratched the surface of police corruption, so season five is bound to explore this in more depth.
The BBC have kept really quiet about the potential plots but we do know what to expect in the first episode. However, according to Red, the season five opener will see Martin Compston’s character DS Steve Arnott receive a dating app message from a woman named Tina Watts, and as her picture pops up, fans will be in for a special surprise. Why? Because the woman playing Tina is Compston’s real wife, American actress Tianna Chanel Flynn.
That’s right. It’s a special family cameo. The couple married in Glasgow in 2016, with Compston’s Line of Duty co-stars Vicky McClure and Adrain Dunba there for the big day.
The BBC dropped the first new trailer for season 5 back in December and naturally, our excitement went through the roof. However, since then, we have been blessed with the final trailer for the season which will finally be returning to our TV screens this month…
The fans have already called it. Confirming for the record, #LineOfDuty Series 5 starts on Sunday 31st March on BBC One and BBC iPlayer.@Vicky_McClure @martin_compston @StephenGraham73 @Jed_Mercurio @RochendaSandall pic.twitter.com/oNpYNfQ0nU
— BBC One (@BBCOne) March 18, 2019
While not much of the plot has been given away (aside from the original teaser which subtly hinted that Ted Hastings could be corrupt) we have been told that the new script is ‘immense’, according to actor Martin Compston, who plays Steve Arnott on the show.
Speaking on the Royal Television Society’s Anatomy of a Hit, the show’s writer, Mercurio, also said: ‘Season five feels like it’s very fresh territory.’
He added: ‘There are things we haven’t done before, characters we haven’t seen before and that I think’s part of the construction of the series.’
Who will star in Line of Duty season 5?
As fans will know, Line of Duty usually gets a guest star as the focus of each new investigation. From Keeley Hawes to Thandie Newton, they haven’t been short of any familiar faces. However, season five’s casting has yet to be announced. But fear not, according to Radio Times, Adrian Dunbar, Vicky McClure and Martin Compston have all been confirmed to be reprising their roles as the officers of AC-12.
When will Line of Duty season 5 air?
After making us wait for what feels like a lifetime, the BBC has finally confirmed that Line of Duty will be back on Sunday, March 31 at 9pm on BBC One. We’ve already set our alerts!