It takes some serious dedication to work out how everything in Line of Duty is linked (Picture: BBC/Katie Rogers/Twitter)
*Warning: spoilers for episode one and two of series six of Line of Duty ahead*
Line of Duty has gripped the nation unlike any other drama – but one superfan has gone the extra mile, re-watching the series upwards of 50 times and conducting her very own investigation.
Children’s author and IT specialist Katie Rogers has taken notes on every episode, transferring her links and theories to an absolutely massive investigation board, with stars Martin Compston (Steve Arnott) and Vicky McClure (Kate Fleming) giving it the seal of approval.
She’s previously studied forensic psychology, and has researched into real-life cases that have inspired writer Jed Mercurio (such as the murder of Jill Dando) to get a further insight into his mind.
‘I joined it about series three and discussing theories just made me get more into the nitty gritty of it,’ she explained to Metro.co.uk. ‘I think when you watch another series, you have to watch it all from the very beginning again because it all ties up.’
While it might seem extreme, Katie now knows the series inside out, and has some pretty credible theories as to who – and what – is at the centre of everything.
H is still an initial
The full investigation board links every character – and even some we’ve never actually seen on screen (Picture: Katie Rogers/Twitter)
While it was suggested last series that H is a symbol rather than an initial, pointing towards there being four bent senior coppers, Katie thinks there’s more to it.
‘I still think H is a surname, and I do think it is either Paul Haleton or Susan Hyde-Albert,’ she suggested.
For the casual viewers, Haleton (a Detective Chief Inspector) and Hyde-Albert (a Superintendent) are both senior officers, who haven’t made notable appearances in Line of Duty just yet – but they’re both seen listed as suspected police officers who could be H.
The name Paul Haleton was seen on the list of abusers given to Sergeant Danny Waldron (Daniel Mays) by Linus Murphy in series three – but it’s not been completely confirmed if it’s the same guy.
The hunt for H is still on (Picture: Katie Rogers)
The name Roger Hyde-Albert also appeared on the list, suggesting he could be a relation of Susan’s.
That’s not all though.
‘I really do think that Philip Osborne (Owen Teale) could be another Derek Hilton (Paul Higgins),’ Katie went on. ‘He’s lied right from the very first episode and now he’s Chief Constable, so head of everything. I do think that he is potentially in the mix somewhere.’
In the series, Osborne is the current Chief Constable of Central Police, and formerly the leader of the Counter Terrorism Unit. Hilton was the Chief Superintendent and later the Assistant Chief Constable of Central Police, before it was revealed he was secretly affiliated with organised crime.
Sands View is at the centre of everything
The list (top right) shouldn’t be forgotten (Picture: Katie Rogers)
In previous series, it was established that boys’ home Sands View was the location of widespread sexual abuse by a paedophile ring, with high ranking individuals such as Dale Roach sexually abusing the young residents.
‘I think when you look back and link all these people together, that’s when you realise – I’ve always thought, right from the off, that the underlying story throughout will be to do with Sands View, and I kind of think everything is still pointing back towards that,’ Katie explained.
‘I think that’s what [Gail Vella] (Andi Osho) was reporting on, I think that’s why she’s been shot. I think everything goes back to that, and it goes back to the list that Lindsay Denton (Keeley Hawes) sent over.’
In the current series, the murder of Gail is being investigated. It’s suggested that she was reporting on controversial topics before her untimely death.
Ryan killed Carl Banks
Katie thinks Ryan’s taking a similar path to Dot (Picture: Katie Rogers)
Ryan Pilkinton (Gregory Piper) has cropped up in the drama since series one, when he was enlisted in the OCG [Organised Crime Group] as a child, and later killed John Corbett (Stephen Graham).
He’s since trained as a police officer and is currently working under Jo Davidson (Kelly McDonald) in the Murder Investigation Unit.
‘He has been in [the OCG] since he was a child, working directly under Hunter,’ Katie pointed out.
‘His direction in to the police follows a very similar pattern to Dot Cottan (Craig Parkinson). I think we will find out that the person who has enabled Ryan to join, is also who promoted Dot.
‘One thing I meant to mention is the significance of AC-9 – Dot was promoted to AC-9 and then Hilton seconded him to AC-12.
‘Jayne Akers (Allison McKenzie) and Jamie Desford (Royce Pierreson) were also AC-9 and the department are in charge of witness protection. I think who ever is in charge there is definitely another suspect. I know Kate is on to Ryan. I think he killed Carl Banks.’
Hastings is conducting a larger classified operation
There might be more to Hastings than meets the eye (Picture: Katie Rogers)
Ted Hastings (Adrian Dunbar) has been at the centre of some suspicion, with the programme even leading some to believe that he was H after he was seen getting rid of a laptop.
‘I think that Hastings has been part of a completely different operation – that’s why he got rid of his laptop. I think there’s classified information on there,’ Katie explained.
‘I think he is still investigating the people on that list because in series four, when Hilton wanted Dot’s dying declaration, he asked Hastings why they haven’t told anybody else in Central Police that they had that evidence.
‘And he says to him then, “We keep all evidence classified so as not to alert the officers that we’re investigating” and I think that applies to that list, because obviously there are two high-ranking officers on that list that haven’t come up anywhere.
‘Also on that list is Martin Denmoor, and it was Robert Denmoor who was Balaclava Man, who Ted shot, so everything kind of leads me back in that direction.’
Jackie Laverty will come back to haunt us
In the words of Ted Hastings, we don’t know who to trust (Picture: Katie Rogers)
Although she was killed very early on, Jackie Laverty (Gina McKee) has been relevant time and time again in the series.
Katie thinks her story isn’t quite over yet.
‘People forget, even if you go right back to the first series, you’ve got Jackie Laverty right at the very beginning, who’s in the freezer at Terry Boyle’s (Tommy Jessop).
‘I think someone else has obviously been put in there since, which is why that’s gone missing, but even she has still cropped up the whole way through, and I was questioning that a little bit.
‘I thought she was widowed, but she’s not – she’s divorced from her millionaire ex-husband, so I didn’t know if he could still be potentially something to do with it.
‘Or, as a real curve-ball, because Joanne Davidson’s Scottish, could she be related to Tommy Hunter (Brian McCardle)? And that’s why she’s saying she’s got no family?’
So many questions! Here’s hoping we’ll be getting some answers very soon…
Line of Duty returns tonight at 9pm on BBC One.
Credit: Original article published here.