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Line Of Duty series 6: Gail Vella’s murder inspired by real-life death

Gail Vella’s death was inspired by Daphne Caruana Galizia’s murder (Picture: BBC)

The death of Line Of Duty series 6 character Gail Vella was inspired by a real-life case.

Adrian Dunbar’s Superintendent Ted Hastings, Martin Compston’s DI Steve Arnott and Vicky McClure’s DI Kate Fleming are currently investigating Vella’s murder as part of Operation Lighthous.

Eagle-eyed fans, however, pointed out a link between the journalist’s death and the death of investigative reporter Daphne Caruana Galizia, prompting Jed Mercurio to confirm the resemblance was no mistake.

Galizia was a journalist and anti-corruption activist who reported on political events in Malta.

She died in October 2017 aged 53 when a car bomb was detonated inside her vehicle. Three men were arrested in connection with the attack in December 2017.

Meanwhile, Line Of Duty’s Vella was an investigative journalist who was shot dead after exiting her car. The evidence suggests that she was shot with the gun pressed against her head to reduce excessive sound and debris.

When one viewer pointed out the similarities between Vella’s murder and Galizia’s murder, Mercurio wrote on Twitter: ‘The Gaffer [Ted Hastings] has been complaining that none of the detectives out there had spotted this clue. He’ll probably ask you to join AC-12.’

Galizia was killed by a car bomb in 2017 (Picture: Getty)

Mercurio also responded to a message by Galizia’s son, Matthew Caruana Galizia.

He wrote: ‘Your mother was incredibly courageous in her fight against corruption. I’m so sorry for your tragic loss.’

It comes after Adrian vowed that the new Line Of Duty series will be a ‘head-wreck’ for the audience.

Central police are investigating Gail’s death in Line Of Duty (Picture: BBC)

Speaking before the new series returned, he teased: ’18 months have passed so the landscape has completely changed. We are starting from a place that the audience will probably find a bit shocking at first.

‘Things and people have been moved around so the first episode is going to be one of those head-wrecks for the audience.’

Line Of Duty continues on Sunday at 9pm on BBC One.

Credit: Original article published here.

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