28 Jun 19
Line Of Duty’s lead three did not have their jobs secured for a while (Picture: BBC)
Line Of Duty’s showrunner Jed Mercurio has bluntly revealed that he was ready to kill off any of the main stars if they didn’t get on together.
The BBC crime thriller has had a rotating cast but Martin Compston, Adrian Dunbar and Vicky McClure have remained the three pillars keeping the show going.
Speaking at South Bank Live, Jed spoke about his career and shows – which also includes last year’s smash hit, Bodyguard – and the secret he has to making them a success.
Admitting it was no accident that the three main stars of Line Of Duty have remained in place, Jed then revealed that at the beginning of the show’s run, he was willing to axe any of them.
He told the audience: ‘I think it’s no accident that we have the same three leads. They are really good actors. But also they get on really well with each other.
‘They all get on very well, and if that hadn’t happened one of them would have been killed off in a completely unexpected way to propel the story forward.’
The Line Of Duty squad have been confirmed to return for season 6 (Picture: BBC)
Well, that’s one way to be motivated to get on with your co-workers!
Either way, it seems to have worked, with the show becoming one of the most watched series in more than a decade for the BBC.
‘I’m in a very fortunate position of being a showrunner,’ he added. ‘So I am very involved in the cast and casting.’
Talking of casting, former Coronation Street star Shayne Ward has hinted that he would be up for a role on the show when it returns for series six.
When the show does return, it has a lot to deal with – most importantly, the ever-growing mystery of just who exactly H is.
AC-12 has been on the hunt for H for a few series now in order to nail the senior ranking officer they believed to be corrupt.
Many people have been in the frame including ACC Hilton (Paul Higgins), DCS Lester Hargreaves (Tony Pitts) and Superintendent Ted Hastings (Adrian Dunbar).
But the series five finale, which brought back the dying declaration of DI Matthew “Dot” Cottan (Craig Parkinson) in series three, H was revealed not to be a name, but a clue.
Way to keep us hanging, guys.
Line Of Duty is available now for catch-up on BBC iPlayer.
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