BBC’s Line of Duty renewed for further two series
The BBC has confirmed there will be two more series of the massively popular Line of Duty.
The police corruption drama was a total hit with viewers this year after transferring from BBC Two to BBC One, and the finale’s ratings reached an impressive 7 million views last weekend.
Due to the series’ success, the BBC has confirmed a further two series have been commissioned.
BBC’s Director-General Tony Hall said this week: “I am very excited to say there’s not one but two more series of Line of Duty. So hooray for AC-12!”
However, we may have to wait until 2019 to get our next LoD fix. Show creator Jed Mercurio previously explained: “The plan is we won’t shoot Line of Duty series five until next year and that means it won’t be on air until 2019. I am not planning to write it until next year because I am working on [something else].”
Jed told the Daily Mirror newspaper: “We haven’t even decided if the next antagonist will be male or female, we are that far off from puzzling it out.
“I have got various ideas but what is crucial is whether we are approaching series five as being the last series, and that depends if we can persuade the BBC to commission a series six.”
Charlotte Moore, BBC Controller of TV Channels and iPlayer, added: “Line of Duty is original, bold, gripping drama that gets the nation talking and the time is right to bring the series to an even broader audience on BBC One.
“Jed Mecurio’s explosive thriller will find a new home on BBC One for two more series and create room for new drama to flourish on BBC Two. Thanks to Jed, Simon Heath’s World Productions, and Stephen Wright at the BBC for producing the record-breaking show.”
Line of Duty will return for another series soon on BBC One.