Line of Duty creator nixes talk of US remake

Morgan Jeffery
Photo credit: World Productions/ BBC / Des Willie

From Digital Spy

Remember that story about Line of Duty getting a US remake? Sounds like whoever wrote it was just Yank-ing our chain.

Speaking exclusively to Digital Spy, series creator and writer Jed Mercurio appeared to suggest that there was no truth to the rumours.

"I don't know where the story about the US remake came from," Mercurio said. "I looked it up online and the journalist quotes an 'anonymous source' – who I assume is just someone they ran into in the pub.

"So I have no idea what that's about, or why it's been printed now."

Photo credit: BBC

Of course, if Mercurio is any bit as cunning as his characters in an interview scenario, it's possible he was having us on. But this sounds pretty definitive.

One thing's for sure: we will be getting a fifth series of the original Line of Duty, though possibly not till 2019.

Photo credit: World Productions/ BBC / Bernard Walsh

"We're not due to film the series till next year," he told us. "So therefore, depending on what time it's delivered, it might not be on the air till 2019.

"But that's just purely to do with the production schedule, and the post-production schedule, and we don't what that is, because it hasn't been nailed down yet."

It's going to be a long wait to find out whether Ted Hastings is a bent copper, huh?

Line of Duty series 4 and complete series 1-4 box set are available on DVD from May 8.

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