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Martin Compston Confirms 'Line Of Duty' Season 6 Has Started Production

Martin Compston Confirms 'Line Of Duty' Season 6 Has Started Production

Christmas just came early: Line of Duty season six is officially in production and we cannot contain our excitement.

The BBC One cop drama has has viewers on the edge of their seats for five seasons now, and the sixth is already underway.

Show star Martin Compston, who plays the brooding DS Steve Arnott, confirmed the news via Instagram, sharing a photo of the new season's script.

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The cover of the script reads: "Line of Duty 6 Written by Jed Mercurio Episode 1".

The 35-year-old actor wrote alongside: "Guys... I'm scared".


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Season five of the drama - which came out in March - had the nation well and truly gripped as we watched as the Arnott and co attempt to get to the bottom of the identity of mysterious bent copper 'H'.

Traditionally, the BBC series has aired on a two year-cycle, meaning that it would have been slated for screens around Spring 2021 - so the fact they've already started production means it looks as if we're getting the series early.

Saying that, show runner Jed Mercurio told Radio Times in October that he was aiming to have series six air "sometime in 2020" - although the BBC only recently commissioned the sixth instalment.

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Jed told the publication: "I would hope it's sometime in 2020, next year. But that's not something that we're able to confirm."

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Talking about when production might begin, he added: "That's something that we have at the planning stage, so we are working towards a date. We can't confirm everything until things are in place."

As you can imagine, the reaction to Martin's post was one of pure excitement.

"You are scared??? I've just peed myself with excitement yaldi," wrote one fan.

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Stephen Graham starred in series five (Credit: BBC)
Stephen Graham starred in series five (Credit: BBC)
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"LOOOOOOOOK!! It's coming babe!," said another, tagging their friend.

"IT'S HAPPENING," said a third.

"this has made my CHRISTMAS!!!!!!!!!!! Ahhhhhhhhhh soooooo excited," penned a fourth.

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No cast have beeb confirmed for the series yet (except Martin of course) but there's no doubt that we will our other fave AC-12 members, Adrian Dunbar (Supt Ted Hastings) and Vicky McClure (DI Kate Fleming) join on.

And given her character's integral part in series five, it's possible we'll see Anna Maxwell Martin return as Patricia Carmichael too.

Other notable characters who could possibly make a comeback include Taj Atwal (PC Tatleen Sohota) and Aiysha Hart (Murder Squad cop DS Sam Railston).

Line of Duty always attracts big guest stars to join the regular cast in their hunt for 'H'. In the past they have included, Stephen Graham, Keeley Hawes and Daniel Mays.

Until we get an air date, we'll be kept in the dark about the show's newest cast members.

While we wait for more news on the progress of season six, here's everything we know about it in the meantime.

Featured Image Credit: BBC

Topics: Entertainment, Line of Duty

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Ciara is a freelance writer working for Tyla. After graduating with an English Lit and Media degree from the University of Sussex, Ciara held jobs at GLAMOUR and Yahoo Style before packing up for a solo travelling trip around South America.