Line of Duty to return for another series after dividing fans with dramatic ending

Line Of Duty is reportedly coming back for a hotly anticipated seventh series.

Despite dividing fans with its dramatic and unexpected ending to series six, it has been claimed that the UK's most-watched drama series of the 21st century is set to return to screens.

However, it's been claimed viewers will have to wait "a few years" for the next instalment of the British police drama as meetings and negotiations are still said to be in their early stages and have yet to be finalised.

"Another series is happening. This is the news millions of fans have been hoping for," an insider revealed of the show, which won Best Returning Drama at the National Television Awards in September.


They added to the Daily Star: "A lot of stuff still needs to be agreed, and it is likely to take a while. Fans will probably have to wait a few years before it airs on TV."

OK! has contacted the BBC for further comment.

The cast and crew have remained mostly tight-lipped when it comes to show creator Jed Mercurio's decision for the future of the series.

Speaking previously, BBC drama chief Piers Wenger said: "Of course, we're all massive fans of the show – we'd like to see both of them return.

"Jed is thinking [about it], but I can't really say much more than that.

"He hasn't committed to writing either of them."

Weeks earlier, Line Of Duty star Martin Compston, who plays DSI Stephen Arnott, said he would only return to the show "for the right reasons".

"People want us to come back, and that's amazing. But Jed will only come back and do more if he believes there is a story to tell," he said.

"He won't come back just because we're getting bigger. He wouldn't do another series just for the sake of it. He writes everything for a reason."

He ended by teasing: "It always takes a couple of years between series."

In the series six finale, the identity of "H", otherwise known as "The Fourth Man", was revealed as Ian Buckells, portrayed by Nigel Boyle.

The revelation left fans divided and became the talking point of British television for weeks.

Line of Duty took the UK by storm as official figures from May showed that a massive 15.24million viewers watched the last episode of series six, boosting it ahead of the previous record-holding 2000 episode of Heartbeat, which attracted 15.16 million viewers.

The Line of Duty figures were made up of people who tuned in to the May 2 series finale as it aired, those who recorded it, and people who streamed it on BBC iPlayer over the week.

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