Line Of Duty's Adrian Dunbar says series 7 could be 'two 90-minute specials'

Vicky McClure, Adrian Dunbar and Martin Compston in Line Of Duty. (BBC)
Vicky McClure, Adrian Dunbar and Martin Compston in Line Of Duty. (BBC)

Line Of Duty star Adrian Dunbar has given another hint that season seven could be on the way - but warned fans not to expect a full series.

The BBC One police procedural written by Jed Mercurio has a huge following of fans who are keen to see the thriller about an anti-corruption unit and organised criminals who have infiltrated the force make another return.

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Since the end of season six, Mercurio and the show's stars - Dunbar, Vicky McClure and Martin Compston - have been asked regularly whether there will be a season seven to look forward to.

Now, Dunbar has seemed to suggest that there will be, but that it could air as two 90-minute specials rather than a series of six episodes.

Adrian Dunbar plays Ted Hastings in Line Of Duty. (BBC)
Adrian Dunbar plays Ted Hastings in Line Of Duty. (BBC)

He told The Times: “There’s a big appetite for more Line Of Duty. It could be three or four episodes; I don’t think there’s going to be six, for some reason.

“It might be two 90 minutes. But it’s all entirely down to Jed what the storyline is going to be. It’s a big ask for him.”

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He added: “It’s going to be really good. Maybe someone’s going to die. Someone’s going to be under threat.

“He doesn’t mind killing characters off. Maybe he’ll kill us all off. A terrible car crash when we’re rushing to the scene of a crime? We’ll have to leave it to him.”

The last episode to air unmasked DS Ian Buckells (Nigel Boyle) as the long-running villain and organised crime group boss H, a controversial reveal with fans.

In July, Compston prompted speculation by telling The Sun: “We sat down with Jed recently.

"We’ve always taken a year or two between series. This is no different.

“We won’t do it for the sake of it. We’ll do it if there’s something to tell.”

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