Vicky McClure contemplates the end of Line of Duty

Naomi Gordon
·2-min read
Photo credit: BBC One
Photo credit: BBC One

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While fans eagerly await season six of Line of Duty, principal cast member Vicky McClure has contemplated when the acclaimed police procedural drama could come to an end.

The actress - who plays DI Kate Fleming in Jed Mercurio's hit series - says the show will continue if viewers are happy to keep watching.

"Sometimes you think, has it run its course?" Vicky told The Sunday Times Style magazine. "Every time we go back, we go, ‘What's Jed going to come up with?’ But he has always got something up his sleeve. Jed's storylines are just incredible, and the boys [co-stars Martin Compston and Adrian Dunbar] and I feel the same, we’ll keep going until the audience wants it to end."

Vicky, who also fronted BBC One's Our Dementia Choir, added that she will be "devastated" when it does come to an end, as she's loved working on show and has forged great friendships with the cast, including Adrian Dunbar and Martin Compston.

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Photo credit: BBC - BBC

"I’ll be devastated the day it ends," the star continued. "To be involved in a job with this much love for it, well, you never expect that. Martin and Ady are my mates, and there’s always a way to make schedules work."

The series follows the AC-12 anticorruption unit as they root out bent coppers. Season six will introduce two new cast members - Kelly McDonald as DCI Joanne Davidson and Shalom Brune-Franklin as DC Chloe Bishop.

Photo credit: BBC
Photo credit: BBC

Kelly's Davidson is described by the BBC as "a senior investigating officer of an unsolved murder, whose unconventional conduct raises suspicions at AC-12", while Shalom's Bishop is welcomed as a new member of AC-12, led by Superintendent Ted Hastings.

Death in Paradise's Andi Osho and Doctor Foster's Prasanna Puwanarajah also join the cast, but their characters are being kept top secret for now.

Line of Duty series six is expected to return soon - after fan favourite Adrian Dunbar announced it will return in the spring - though no official confirm date has been announced yet.

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