Will Line of Duty return for season 7?

Fans are desperate for more action from AC-12

Vicky McClure, Adrian Dunbar and Martin Compston in Line of Duty
Vicky McClure, Adrian Dunbar and Martin Compston in Line of Duty. (BBC/World Productions Ltd)

Line of Duty star Martin Compston has dashed hopes of the show arriving back on our screens in 2024, with the disappointing update that there are "no plans at all" for season seven.

Fans of the Jed Mercurio's hit BBC show have made it clear they want to see more from AC-12 following the conclusion of sixth season, which aired in 2021.

The show's main cast, which also includes Vicky McClure and Adrian Dunbar, are regularly quizzed on when it could return, but it looks unlikely to be in the near future according to Compston.

Here is everything the stars have said about a possible new season.

Martin Compston as DI Steve Arnott in Line of Duty season 6
Compston stars as DI Steve Arnott in the hit BBC drama. (BBC/World Productions Ltd)

Martin Compston, who stars as DI Steve Arnott, told The Mirror in April 2024 that there are "no immediate plans" for a seventh season of Line of Duty.

The actor cited scheduling difficulties as the main issue surrounding its MIA status, saying: "It's just getting us all together and stuff. We'd like to but yeah, these things are a bit complicated. But there are no immediate plans."

In a separate chat with The Sun in January 2024, he said: "Genuinely, there's no plans at all. We all love each other more than just colleagues now, they're some of my dearest friends, and we'd all love to work together at some point, but there's no plans."

He added: "I don't think Jed [Mercurio] would ever write it for the sake of writing it, it would have to be with a story. We went out on such a high in terms of [viewing] figures; maybe it's the best way to leave it. I know that's probably not what people want to hear.

"Never say never but with these things, the longer you leave it… but we still speak, if not daily, weekly, all of us. I miss hanging out with all of them. It was a great feeling being able to go to work with people you call best friends every day."

The cast of Line of Duty in season 6
The most recent season of Line of Duty aired in 2021. (BBC/World Productions/Steffan Hill)

In June 2023, he told This Morning that he and the rest of the cast would "all love to do one at some point", but cautioned: "Unless you hear anything from us, I'd just leave it at that."

Vicky McClure, who plays DI Kate Fleming, said in June 2022 that she'd like to do another series because the sixth was shot during the coronavirus pandemic.

She told Good Morning Britain: "We've been working together for over 10 years now and you know, the last series was incredible in terms of the response that we got, but it was really quite tough to shoot because obviously it was within COVID so it would be lovely to go back and not end on that kind of way."

Adrian Dunbar, who stars as Superintendent Ted Hastings, also dropped a possible hint when he shared that he, McClure and Compston were getting together with Mercurio for a meal.

He told This Morning in August 2022: "We are going to have a curry. We are all just kind of really keen to get back together, we'd all like to see each other again."

Mercurio hasn't confirmed anything either, but after the sixth season he told the Radio Times that part of it came down to them "finding new stories to tell within that universe".

Kelly MacDonald as DCI Joanne Davidson in Line of Duty
Kelly MacDonald plays DCI Joanne Davidson in Line of Duty. (BBC/World Productions Ltd)

There are rumours that Line of Duty could come back for some sort of mini-series.

Dunbar previously teased that a future instalment could air as two 90-minute specials rather than a series of six episodes.

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."

Line of Duty is streaming on BBC iPlayer