'Line Of Duty' Star Gives Update On Season 6 Release Date
The hit BBC cop drama announced it had stopped filming this sixth series back in March when the country went into lockdown as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
And it seems the series won't be returning to screens any time soon, with Rochenda guessing that fans will have to wait another year to find out the identity of the fourth corrupt police officer.
The actress, 30, who plays Lisa McQueen in the police series, chatted about the future of the show with Channel 4's Sunday Brunch hosts Simon Rimmer and Tim Lovejoy.
"They were filming the sixth series, and it stopped, so unfortunately I don't think that will start until..." she began.
Rochenda went on to explain showrunner Jed Mercucio's "super awareness" for the pandemic and how it has affected his stance on firing up production again.
Before he became a writer, Jed worked as a hospital physician where he responded to an advert in the British Medical Journal to provide medical advice for the BBC's medical drama Cardiac Arrest.
With hardly any writing experience, Jed went on to script the show for two years with his writing causing controversy for its realist depiction of hospital life.
"Jed worked in a medical position beforehand so he's got a super awareness of [the pandemic] I imagine," continued Rochenda.
"He has got a wider knowledge than most, so I don't think it will start until it is absolutely okay to do so, which means fans might have to wait another year.
"There were two years between four and five so I think it's worth the wait!"
Mercurio had previously told Radio Times that he was aiming to have series six air "sometime in 2020" - but of course the pandemic changed everything.
Confirming the news production had been halted back in March, the BBC wrote on Twitter: "In light of the spread of Covid-19, after much consideration, @worldprods are suspending filming of #LineofDuty S6 with the support of the BBC."
They added: "We will keep you updated with further developments in due course. Thank you."
Series 5 ended with Lisa McQueen telling police the OCG was fully neutralised but and viewers learnt member Ryan Pilkington is a junior police officer.
We imagine that series six will continue to follow AC-12 as they try to discover who the fourth corrupt police member is under the command of Hastings - now that we know 'H' is not a person but a whole team.
Will Ryan continue the OCG's work from the inside? Who is the mysterious fourth member of 'H'?
We'll have to sit tight for the answers.
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