New Line of Duty series on the cards, says BBC

Line of Duty is not over, the BBC has said, with a new series on the cards.

Last night’s finale drew an audience of 12.8 viewers – a record for the series – but most fans were left disappointed by the revelation that Det Supt Ian Buckells was the “fourth man”.

Charlotte Moore, the BBC’s chief content officer, said in a statement: “Addictive event television, Line of Duty has kept the nation guessing for the last seven weeks, so it’s no surprise that last night’s jaw dropping finale set a ratings record.

“Jed Mercurio is a master of his craft, and I would like to congratulate him and the entire cast and crew for delivering such an incredible drama series.

“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.”

The ratings make the series six finale the fifth-most watched show since 2014, when current records began.

Jed Mercurio, the show’s creator, tweeted a picture of the AC-12 logo with the caption “Carry the fire” – suggesting that the show could return with a new team.

Mercurio switched off the comments on his tweet, meaning that disgruntled viewers could not reply with their complaints about the ending.

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