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Fans given sneak peak of Line of Duty as hit series is set to return

By Richard Guttridge | Cannock | Staffordshire entertainment | Published:

Fans of hit BBC show Line of Duty have been given a sneak peek at the new series ahead of its highly-anticipated return.

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The programme, written by Jed Mecurio from Cannock, has been a huge success and will return for its fifth series this year.

Mecurio was also behind smash-hit show Bodyguard, which was among the most watched programmes of last year. Line of Duty follows a police anti-corruption unit as they investigate crooked cops and has gained a huge following since first airing in 2012.

A new trailer shows DS Steve Arnott, played by Martin Compston, held at gunpoint by an assailant in a black balaclava.

The footage opens with the hijacking of a police transport, which leaves three officers dead and members of anti-corruption unit AC-12 believe it required a police insider to pull off.

The clip shows the return of Vicky McClure as DS Kate Fleming and Adrian Dunbar as Ted Hastings, as well as the introduction of Stephen Graham as a new criminal adversary.

After the hijacking, Graham can be seen removing his balaclava and saying: "Job done, nice work lads."

There is also a reference to H, the corrupt senior officer that was thought dead at the end of series four.

The last episode, which aired in 2017, concluded with Hastings saying he was satisfied that Assistant Chief Constable Hilton was the one colluding with the late "Dot" Cottan but it appears H may still be at large.

The new episodes of Line Of Duty are coming soon to BBC One.

Mercurio has cemented himself as one of the top writers in British television with his work on Line of Duty and Bodyguard, which became BBC's iPlayer's most-watched programmes ever.

Richard Guttridge

By Richard Guttridge
Chief Reporter - @RichG_star

Chief Reporter for the Express & Star, based in Wolverhampton.

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