Vicky McClure, Adrian Dunbar and Martin Compston return for the sixth instalment of Line of Duty with Shalom Brune-Franklin, a new addition to the AC-12 team. Kelly Macdonald makes her debut as guest lead Detective Chief Inspector Joanne Davidson, the senior investigating officer on an unsolved murder case whose suspicious conduct attracts the attention of Anti-Corruption.
Written and created by Jed Mercurio and made by World Productions for BBC One and BBC iPlayer, Line of Duty returns at 9pm on Sunday 21 March.
Below is an interview with Adrian Dunbar (Superintendent Ted Hastings)...
Where do we find Hastings at the beginning of this series?
Good question. Quite a lot has happened and there’s been quite a time jump. In his working life, a lot of things have destabilised which have affected the unit. I think he’s another year older but not another year wiser. We are still on the search for the network of corrupt coppers. Are we any closer to them? Hopefully! Let’s face it - time is running out a bit for Ted; the age he is, whether he can stay in the force, is he useful enough, is he a bit of a dinosaur? He’s up against quite a bit. His personal life is not in great shape.
Have there been any memorable moments during filming of this series?
I thought Vicky in particular has done some memorable work this series and Martin has some emotional scenes. Ted is put through the ringer; particularly towards the end. But there have been funny moments too. In one of the interviews, I had to say ‘a bunch of racist thugs’ but I got it wrong and said ‘a bunch of racist slugs’ which got a big laugh from the crew. I hope that survives on a bloopers reel somewhere so we can all see it!
There was a pause in filming for six months. How do you think Ted would handle a lockdown?
I don’t think Ted would fare well during lockdown. I know a lot of people who had a decent lockdown and that’s because they got to spend more time with their families, but of course Ted is on his own. I think he would have really suffered as his work is everything to him and going into work in the morning, reminds him of who he is. It gives him a sense of self-worth, gives him dignity and all those things that work gives us back. More so for Ted as he isn’t going home to his wife and he doesn’t have kids. He probably would have drank a bit too much, slept in, not shaved. It would have been a big ask for Ted!