Line of Duty season 7: The BBC and Jed Mercurio just hinted at another series

Dusty Baxter-Wright
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Photo credit: BBC

Line Of Duty season six has had fans gripped, with more of us than ever tuning in to the BBC show. We've watched Jo Davidson's story unfold, as we've discovered her OCG family links and have tried to work out if she's corrupt or not.

We've also seen Steve Arnott's prescription drug problem take centre stage and Patricia Carmichael attempt to shut Ted Hasting's AC-12 down, as the hunt for 'H' - aka The Fourth Man - progressed.

But what viewers really want to know is if a Line Of Duty season 7 is happening, and what we can expect from release date, cast rumours and storylines. Here's what we know so far:

Line Of Duty season 7 rumours

Has Line Of Duty season 7 been confirmed?

So far, there's been no word from the BBC or the show's creator, Jed Mecurio, about whether another instalment might happen, but fans are hopeful the success of season six means it's inevitable. 

"We’re in a situation where it’s not entirely clear that there will be a seventh series,” Jed told Radio Times. "We would hope there could be. But we’re having to do our planning coming out of COVID, and a whole bunch of other things, around the idea that these things aren’t guaranteed at all now."

Martin Compston, who plays Steve Arnott, shared a similar sentiment, adding, "I think with Jed, there’s always potential for it to go on. He could always start a new case, there’s always anti-corruption out there, as he would say."

Photo credit: BBC
Photo credit: BBC

However, fans are now feeling pretty confident that we'll get a seventh instalment of the hit show, after big hints from Mercurio and the BBC.

In a statement on Monday (May 3) the day after the season 6 finale, the BBC's chief content officer Charlotte Moore dropped some pretty big hints about the future of the show.

"Jed Mercurio is a master of his craft, and I would like to congratulate him and the entire cast and crew for delivering such an incredible drama series," she told fans. "I’m looking forward to having a conversation with the team about where we go next and what the future of the series might be."

Meanwhile over on Twitter fans were encouraged by Mercurio's latest post - a picture of the AC-12 set along with the caption "Carry the fire", which seems to suggest the journey isn't over.

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What could happen in Line Of Duty season 7?

Knowing how Line Of Duty has unfolded up until this point, the options really are endless. But fans are most interested to see:

  • If Ted Hastings and AC-12's unit really does get shut down and merged with AC-3, who will be taking centre stage in finding bent coppers? 

  • Providing the identity of 'H', the high ranking corrupt police officer, is unmasked, the show has the opportunity to start afresh with the storylines and go down a new path. Could they be looking for, er, 'I' next?

  • What will happen to Steve Arnott and his back pain? The police officer has already had a drug test scare, and could risk losing his job if the force find out he's unfit to work. 

  • Will one of the main trio be killed off? There's already been rumours about Ted Hasting's fate, and fans think it's only a matter of time before one of the main characters gets the boot... Right? 

Photo credit: BBC
Photo credit: BBC

When would Line Of Duty season 7 be released?

For series three to six, the show has launched in March, dropping in 2016, 2017, 2019 and 2021 respectively. Following that pattern, we can hope that if a seventh season of Line Of Duty is confirmed, it'll drop in early 2023. 

This obviously depends on everything from filming schedules to production's ability to get started, but we've got our fingers crossed a confirmation will come our way soon.


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