Line of Duty Season 7: Martin Compston says he will be ‘heartbroken’ if BBC police drama doesn’t return

Martin Compston is hopeful Line of Duty will return for another series – and says he will be “heartbroken” if he doesn’t work with the cast again.

Thursday, 13th May 2021, 1:42 pm
Updated Thursday, 13th May 2021, 3:17 pm

The Greenock-born actor, who played DI Steve Arnott in the hugely-popular BBC series, was asked during an interview with ES Magazine if creator Jed Mercurio is planning a seventh series.

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“The genuine answer is that we don’t know,” he said. “But that’s nothing new. Jed always takes time away from it.

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“I think what I would say, the two things I would say, is that the idea that I would never work with all the guys again together would be heartbreaking.”

The 37-year-old also said he understood some fans who felt let down by the season six finale when the identity of arch villain “H” was finally revealed.

He said: “You’ve got to respect people have invested so much in this thing and everybody has a different version of their ending.”

Line of Duty stars Vicky McClure and Martin Compston, who play Kate Fleming and Steve Arnott in the popular drama. (BBC/World Productions/Steffan Hill)

Line Of Duty has become the UK’s most-watched drama series of the 21st century so far, after official ratings showed this year’s season finale had a TV audience of 15.24 million.

This is 80,000 higher than the previous record, which was set by an episode of Heartbeat on ITV back in February 2000 which had a TV audience of 15.16 million.

It means the BBC One police thriller is now the highest-rated TV drama series since March 1999, when an episode of ITV’s A Touch Of Frost won an audience of 15.83 million.

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