Adrian Dunbar thinks there could be a seventh series of Line of Duty and we’re trying to stay as calm as possible – but failing.
The 63-year-old actor starred as Superintendent Ted Hastings in the smash hit BBC police drama and he believes writer Jed Mercurio has something more in the pipeline.
He said: ‘I think there will be something else, and he is a showrunner in the American sense, in that he’s across everything and we only have one writer – it’s him.’
Line of Duty was broadcast on a weekly basis, meaning viewers had to wait for episodes rather than bingeing them on a catch-up service, with former Ashes to Ashes star Adrian admitted the decision was something audiences probably thought was a thing of the past.
He said: ‘We did something that people probably thought wasn’t going to happen again, which was people watching a programme live because of the twists and turns.’
Adrian then explained that since his star turn on the show he has felt ‘lucky’ that audiences have embraced his character, because it can become ‘serious’ when fans become invested in a television show.
Speaking on the Out for Lunch with Jay Rayner podcast, he said: ‘I remember Cliff Parisi in one point in EastEnders (Minty) was doing something really nasty to somebody and we were walking down the street in Crouch End and someone went, “Oi, you, leave her alone you b**“, and I thought, “God, this is serious the way people get involved in stuff”.’
Therefore, he feels lucky that ‘most of the people I know like the character of Ted Hastings’ and ‘love the series’ so when he is approached in by members of the public, it’s usually with a big smile and fans will say, ‘Oh my God it’s you, can we have a photograph?’.
There has been speculation around a Line Of Duty reunion for a while, with Martin Compston and Vicky McClure giving the fans hope after posting a picture together.
However, they’ve insisted there’s ‘nothing planned’, although we’re going to keep our fingers crossed that something might be.