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Line of Duty: Ted Hastings’ most iconic catchphrase is actually a secret tribute to Adrian Dunbar’s late father
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Iconic Ted Hastings catchphrase is a tribute to Adrian Dunbar’s late father (Picture: BBC)

Adrian Dunbar has revealed Ted Hastings’ most iconic catchphrase on Line of Duty is actually a tribute to his late father.

The 62-year-old has starred as Hastings for all six series of Line of Duty, and the man who will stop at nothing to ‘catch bent coppers’ has found his most popular lines immortalised in Line of Duty bingo games and endless memes.

But easily the most legendary of Hastings’ classic quotes is the blistering ‘Mother of God’, which actually closed the latest instalment as Hastings was told DCI Joanne Davidson (Kelly Macdonald) has a secret relative who has been identified in the system.

Appearing on the How To Fail with Elizabeth Day podcast, Adrian explained the saying came from his dad Sean, who died in 1979 from a brain haemorrhage while the actor was in his second year at drama school in London.

‘The “Mother of God” stuff comes from my dad who used to use that all the time,’ he said.

“He would say, ‘Mother of God’ all the time. He used to just say ‘Mother’ and we know what he meant.

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Adrian also ruled himself out as H
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‘So the ‘Mother of Gods’ are a way of saying thanks to him in certain ways.’

Adrian also ruled himself out as the elusive H after suspicions were thrown on Hastings in series five, admitting he was relieved when his adored character was eventually taken out of the firing line.

‘I always thought Ted had a sense of duty and a moral core,’ he said.

‘And to have found out I was this arch villain . . . I would have been in real difficulty accepting that.

‘Jed is aware of our audience and they know Ted has a sense of moral fortitude. I am glad he came out of it with flying colours.’

The latest instalment of Line of Duty was a lot to take, after a breath-taking shootout between Steve Arnott and the OCG (Organised Crime Group), the death of a returning character and the crushing blow AC-12 is being dispended and Hastings will be pushed into early retirement.

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

Credit: Original article published here.

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