The BBC shares first look at Line of Duty episode 3

Naomi Gordon
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Photo credit: BBC
Photo credit: BBC

This article contains spoilers for Line of Duty series 6, episodes 1 and 2.

Line of Duty's Terry Boyle and Ryan Pilkington will be reuniting in episode 3 - but this time with Ryan as a police officer and Terry as a suspect.

The BBC has released images from the upcoming episode, which will air on Sunday (April 4), featuring former OCG member-turned-officer Ryan (Gregory Piper) escorting a hand-cuffed Terry (Tommy Jessop) into a police car - presumably for more questioning at Hillside Lane station over the murder of journalist Gail Vella. Terry, who has Down's Syndrome, was released without charge back in episode 1 after being arrested in connection to the murder of Vella when he was found in a property connected to a reported suspect.

In another image, the pair can be seen sitting in the back of the police car together. We'll have to wait and see if any conversation or possible collusion took place between them on Sunday night. But this makes us suspect that Ryan is abusing his position as a police officer to protect the OCG - rather than kinder suggestions that he's turned over a new leaf and is atoning for his past criminal behaviour.

Photo credit: BBC One
Photo credit: BBC One

Ryan and Terry go way back to series 1 - during which Ryan and fellow OCG members exploited Terry by using his freezer in his Kingsgate flat to store the remains of Jackie Laverty (Gina McKee). In series 5, Ryan exploits Terry again by using him as the OCG's informant for a police raid on the Kingsgate Printing Services (which is situated opposite his flat), which the OCG were using as their base for illegal activities.

Photo credit: BBC One
Photo credit: BBC One

Terry had been considered the main suspect in the murder of Vella when he was discovered in a property that was connected to Vella murder suspect going under the alias of 'Ross Turner'. Police toyed with the theory that he was a 'crazed/obsessive fan', after cuttings of the investigative journalist covered in Terry's fingerprints (and semen) were found in the property and in Terry's Kingsgate flat.

Meanwhile, DCI Jo Davidson (Kelly Macdonald) has been heading up the investigation into the murder of Gail Vella, known as Operation Lighthouse, which is now being surveilled and probed by AC-12's DI Steve Arnott (Martin Compston), new recruit DC Chloe Bishop (Shalom Brune-Franklin) and Superintendent Ted Hastings (Adrian Dunbar).

DI Kate Fleming is also part of DCI Davidson's murder investigation team with colleague DS Chris Lomax (Perry Fitzpatrick) - or is she undercover for AC-12 or another unit? Either way, she's definitely onto Ryan after pulling up his police file in episode 2, so we'll have to wait to see what she does with that information on Sunday night.

Roll on the Easter weekend!

Line of Duty continues on Sunday, 4 April at 9pm on BBC One.

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