LINE of Duty creator Jed Mercurio has broken his silence on BBC axe rumours – admitting he ‘already knows how the show will end’.
The hit crime drama is currently filming its sixth season, and addressing speculation over whether the show would move to another network or streaming service if it was axed by the BBC, Jed said: “I don’t know if [it’d go to Netflix] if it was dropped.
Line of Duty’s boss has revealed he knows how the show will end Credit: BBC
“I think in the UK there’s not really much of a tradition of going from channel to channel.”
He added during a Royal Television Society’s ‘In Conversation With’ discussion:”It’s quite rare for something to be dropped and then picked up by another channel. I think the chances are quite slim.
“If Line of Duty got dropped by the BBC, I don’t think it would automatically get picked up by anyone else.”
While there are no plans for the series to be brought to an end by the BBC any time soon, Jed does know how he will wrap everything up when the time does come.
Jed Mercurio also doesn’t think the show would move to another network or streaming service Credit: Alamy
Season six is currently being filmed in Northern Ireland Credit: Splash News
He said: “Yes, I do know how it will end. As an overview yes, but in terms of detail no.
“We would figure out the number of episodes based on the detail. I am in this very fortunate position where I can do other things and then come back to ‘Line Of Duty’.”
Jed, who also wrote the hit series Bodyguard, continued: “The fact is I’m not doing ‘LOD’ year in, year out and they allow me to explore other ideas. If you have success in a particular genre you will be considered more marketable in that genre.
“Should you play to your strengths or is it you would enjoy doing something fresh?”
Jed knows the ending but not the detail Credit: PA:Press Association
Meanwhile, Adrian Dunbar – who plays Superintendent Ted Hastings on the show – has suggested the sixth series could be the last.
He told the Belfast Telegraph newspaper: “This series we are trying to bring the current storylines to an end.
“We might go again for a seventh series. I don’t know. That’s in the lap of the gods.”
Line of Duty is available on BBC iPlayer
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