Line of Duty seventh series on cards as BBC bosses want Jed Mercurio to come up with another season

BBC chiefs want Line of Duty writer Jed Mercurio to come up with a seventh series of the TV sensation.

Sunday night’s finale of the cop drama attracted 13 million viewers.

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It was the most watched episode of any drama since records began in 2002.

Beeb bosses have launched fresh talks with the show’s creators after the sixth season ended with bungling bent copper Det Supt Ian Buckells being revealed as arch villain H.

They now want a further series from Jed, 54.

The BBC’s Chief Content Officer Charlotte Moore said yesterday: “Line of Duty has kept the nation guessing for the last seven weeks, so it’s no surprise the jaw dropping finale set a ratings record.

“I’m looking forward to having a conversation with the team about where we go next and what the future of the series might be.”

Show fans voiced disappointment over the ending and demanded a more satisfying conclusion.

Many were not convinced that Buckells could be H.

One tweeted: “I hope that someone suddenly realises just how bad that ending was and decides to give us a 7th season to put it right.”

Another said: “Such a disappointing flat ending.”

Jed defended his choice of H on the Obsessed with Line of Duty podcast.

He said “We’d been directing the audience toward a particular image of the kind of character H would be, that H would be a criminal mastermind. And we wanted to make a different commentary on the way in which someone can do a lot of harm without necessarily being a mastermind.” 

Asked whether Line of Duty would return, he said: “We’ll see about that.”

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