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Line of Duty is rumoured to be set to return for another series. The hit crime drama bosses have allegedly drawn up plans to make a seventh run to bring back the AC-12 team. However, the creator of the show, Jed Mercurio has since tweeted quite the opposite news after the rumours of a new show broke.
A show insider told the Daily Star: “Another series is happening, this is the news millions of fans have been hoping for.
“A lot of stuff still needs to be agreed, and it is likely to take a while, fans will probably have to wait a few years before it airs on TV.”
This year’s Line of Duty was a rating sensation for the BBC as the finale was watched by more than 15 million viewers, making it the most-watched drama of the 21st century.
However, show writer Jed Mercurio has put an abrupt stop to the rumours of a seventh series after tweeting out the news was fake.
He wrote on his account: “‘Tabloids announce new season of fake #LineofDuty clickbait,’ claims TV insider.”
Fans immediately took the opportunity to reply to Jed’s tweets, with Tom Bissett commenting: “Please just do one more series to wrap everything up.
“We all want one more, that’s it, go out with a bang! Imagine the scenes when Chief Constable Osborne is in an interview.”
Kaz G also added: “Errand? Is there going to be a season 7 or not?! I need to know as a matter of urgency before I get far too excited about this news!!”
However, some fans were against the idea of another season, with Nicola Manco writing: “As much as I would LOVE another season.
“It was the perfect ending, so clever. I would have very mixed emotions about season 7….”
The contradicting news of tabloids and Jed’s tweet has left fans confused and annoyed at the spread of different rumours.
In September, the hit BBC show won big at the National Television Awards when it took home two categories.
Martin Compston has previously told The Daily Star that he wouldn’t return to the crime show “just for the sake of it.”
“People want us to come back, and that’s amazing, but Jed will only come back and do more if he believes there is a story to tell.
“He won’t come back just because we’re getting bigger, he wouldn’t do another series just for the sake of it. He writes everything for a reason,” he explained.
Martin continued: “Whenever people ask for a selfie or ask about the show, it means they love what we’re doing.”
The BBC has been open about their willingness for a comeback, but it won’t be piling any pressure on Jed, who is said to still be “mulling it over”.
BBC drama chief Piers Wenger said: “Of course, we’re all massive fans of the show, we’d like to see both of them return.
“Jed is thinking [about it], but I can’t really say much more than that, he hasn’t committed to writing either of them.”
Many viewers were left disappointed by the outcome of the last series earlier this year when the identity of ‘H’ was finally unmasked.
Line of Duty season 1-6 is available to watch on BBC iPlayer.
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