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The BBC Finally Confirmed When Line Of Duty Season 6 Will Air

Here's everything we know about the latest series so far.

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It's been two very, very long years since Line Of Duty was last on our screens, however, we're edging ever closer towards the hotly anticipated new series. Fans have been patiently waiting for season 6 of the BBC cop drama since it was confirmed back in 2019, yet production was stalled due to the pandemic (a familiar story in recent times). Thankfully, AC-12 is finally confirmed to be back catching bent coppers on March 21. But who will star and what is in store for the team? Here's everything you need to know about Line of Duty season 6 so far.

As previously stated, Line of Duty will begin on BBC One on Sunday, March 21. Following in the footsteps of Lennie James, Keeley Hawes, Thandie Newton, and Stephen Graham, will be Kelly Macdonald, of Boardwalk Empire and Giri/Haji fame. She captures the attention of AC-12 as DCI Joanne Davidson, the senior investigating officer on an unsolved murder.

In February, Line Of Duty's creators released a copper-style press release about the pending new season, including "important staff changes." Written in the no-nonsense voice of Superintendent Ted Hastings (Adrian Dunbar), it introduced new recruit DC Chloe Bishop (played by Shalom Brune-Franklin) who will be joining AC-12 to assist "on a tricky upcoming case."

Starring Vicky McClure and Martin Compston as Kate Fleming and Steve Arnott, the new season will also get an additional episode (hooray!) making this the longest season in Line of Duty history.

"AC-12’s highest priority will always be capturing bent coppers," reads the AC-12 'staff memo'. "With that in mind, we have requested and been granted an extension of an extra episode for our next series, making it our longest yet."

The Line Of Duty team has been having fun teasing fans about the upcoming new series, with hilarious behind-the-scenes photos and video clips.

Earlier this year, BBC released a spoof of the hit show to the delight of viewers. The short clip sees Arnott badgering boss Hastings to issue a formal inquiry, to which Hastings urges he "needs more."

Arnott replies "How about another episode, gaffer?" Smooth.

In other thrilling news, the BBC has confirmed who will be hosting Obsessed with…Line of Duty on BBC Sounds. The Caddy himself! Former cast member, Craig Parkinson who famously played DI Matthew Cottan, will host the podcast, chatting to members of the cast and celebrity super fans alike as they delve deep into the phenomenon that is the show, and the mystery of ‘H’. Episodes will be released every Sunday from March 21.

While we (not so) patiently away for season 6, series 1-5 are available to watch on BBC iPlayer.

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