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Line Of Duty breaks viewing figures record as millions tune in for series 6

Line Of Duty smashed BBC ratings as it returned last night with the hotly-anticipated first episode of series 6.

The Jed Mercurio drama raked in a mammoth 9.6million viewers overnight, making it the best performing drama since Bodyguard in 2018 – and this figure will only rise once catch-up and streaming views are compiled.

Despite the impressing figures, Line Of Duty wasn’t, however, able to beat Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s tell-all two-hour interview with Oprah Winfrey, which attracted a whopping 11.3million viewers earlier this month over on ITV.

You win some, you lose some.

Last night’s episode marked the return of Martin Compston’s DS Steve Arnott, Vicky McClure’s DI Kate Fleming and Adrian Dunbar’s Superintendent  Ted Hastings to AC-12.

It also welcomed newcomer Kelly Macdonald as shady DCI Joanna Davidson, a senior investigating officer of an unsolved murder.

AC-12 is back sniffing out bent coppers (Picture: BBC)

Since airing, many fans have been sharing their Joanne theories, with some convinced her mum is linked to Ted.

The episode also left viewers with many unanswered questions, such as how does Joanne fit into the ‘H’ puzzle and what is going on between Joanne and Kate?

‘Having opened an official inquiry into DCI Jo Davidson and Operation Lighthouse, AC-12 begin to suspect a cover up,’ teases the synopsis for Sunday’s upcoming episode.

‘Steve and Chloe dig into Gail Vella’s controversial reporting for clues to her murder and find links to previous AC-12 cases. Their investigation takes a shocking turn when they begin to scrutinise Jo’s personal life.’

Line Of Duty airs Sundays at 9pm on BBC One.

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