Line of Duty showrunner Jed Mercurio has revealed bosses are hoping that series six will be wrapped by the end of this year.
The acclaimed writer revealed that BBC bosses are currently working to get production back up and running again, with the hope that a sixth series could air in 2021.
Filming for Line of Duty was suspended back in March at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, with fans eagerly awaiting the next series as they hope to finally learn the identity of the elusive ‘H.’
Back on soon? Line of Duty showrunner Jed Mercurio has revealed bosses are hoping that series six will be wrapped by the end of this year
Speaking in the Q and A as reported by The Sun, Jed said: ‘There are a few things to figure out, but we’re working towards a day… I know a date has been talked about in the press, but as usual they got it wrong.’
‘We are working towards a day and if we can get over all the hurdles we will be back filming.
‘We’d love to be on air next year, so we really have to make sure we complete our filming before Christmas.’
The police drama – which follows an anti-corruption unit in the police force – premiered on BBC Two in 2012, but moved to BBC One in 2017 as ratings soared.
Paused: Filming for series six of the police drama was put on hold in March at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic
Season six of the BBC drama was four weeks into filming when it was grounded to a halt mid-production due to COVID-19, with Jed hoping it could be completed ‘by the end of the calendar year’
Earlier this month, star Vicky McClure said that she has still had ‘no word’ on when the show will be able to resume filming.
Speaking via FaceTime on The Chris Moyles Show on Radio X, she said the cast had begun work on the forthcoming season of the police drama prior to the UK’s lockdown during the coronavirus crisis.
Back to work? Speaking in a web Q&A, Jed hinted that BBC bosses are working to get filming underway soon, so a sixth series can air in 2021 (the cast are pictured on a recent Zoom call)
Of how far along they were in their shooting schedule, Vicky said: ‘We were about four weeks of a sixteen week shoot and you know when you’re just getting into the groove and you’re like ‘yeah’, and then, that was it.’
Chris then asked her when filming may resume, and she went on: ‘There is no word, I don’t know.
‘You know, I’m hearing lots about certain productions – obviously the soaps are being quite vocal about… they’re going back I think next week – so you know, there’s movement.
Back to AC-12? Earlier this month, star Vicky McClure said that she has still had ‘no word’ on when the show will be able to resume filming
‘But the thing is Jed Mercurio – who writes, produces and is our showrunner – he was a doctor before he was a writer, so he’s not going to cut any corners, do you know what I mean?
‘We’re going to make sure that when we go back, it’s safe to do so, so when that day is, I don’t know.’
While filming has been on hold, the cast have been reminiscing on their earliest experiences filming the show, as BBC re-airs Line of Duty’s first series throughout August.
The cast also have been sharing plenty of throwbacks snaps during the lockdown from the earlier years of filming.
Behind the scenes: The cast have been sharing throwbacks during the lockdown, as series one is re-aired on BBC [the cast are pictured during series one, which also starred Lennie James]