Line of Duty writer Jed Mercurio says the show may be returning for another TWO series


THE nation is captivated by Line Of Duty – so it’s fantastic to learn the cop thriller might be returning for another TWO series.

Writer and creator Jed Mercurio has revealed he is meeting BBC bosses in a few weeks to negotiate a seventh ­season of the hit drama.

Jed Mercurio has suggested the show many continue after series six
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And with 7.6million people watching Sunday’s episode of series five — the second-highest audience in the show’s ­history — I can’t see them saying no.

Series six has already been ordered and Jed needs to know whether he has to tie up all the loose ends.

He said: “We’re looking forward to a conversation with the BBC once series five has aired . . . about whether there is an appetite from fans to have more, or whether there’s a feeling the show is coming towards its natural arc.

“That conversation will be very specific, which is whether series six will be the last, or whether the BBC would be prepared to commission a seventh so we can approach series six knowing it’s not the last.”

Sunday’s episode drew in an audience of 7.6million
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Viewing figures are proof that there’s still very much an appetite for the show

Sunday’s gripping episode saw DI Kate Fleming and DS Steve Arnott closing in on the criminal gang, while Supt Ted Hastings was furious that Steve had made contact with gang leader John Corbett.

The gripping series opener, had a whopping 8million fans tuning in. In contrast ITV’s rival ­Victoria managed just 2.7million.

I think that’s proof there’s definitely an appetite for even more Line Of Duty . . .


JOSH O’Connor has revealed how Keeley Hawes resented one of their Durrells co-stars.

He said: “Keeley would be livid if I shared this – she had a real problem being upstaged by this pelican. It was a bit of an ongoing problem with her.”

Steve’s trip was too wild

STEVE Backshall is knocking dangerous expeditions on the head, after his latest trip nearly killed him. The wildlife presenter said panicked crew had to rescue him from a whirlpool in the Himalayas after he began to drown in the strong current.

The wildlife presenter has revealed panicked crew had to rescue him from a whirlpool in the Himalayas
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Steve, who was filming new show Undiscovered Worlds for BBC2, said his thoughts turned to Olympic rower wife Helen Glover and son Logan. He said: “For five minutes I was being dragged under the water again and again, slowly drowning. That’s enough time to think, ‘This is really bad and I’m not going to getto see Helen and Logan again.’ I was terrified.

“It’s a really horrible way to go. You can’t breathe, you’re freezing cold and I’d lost use of my fingers by being hammered underwater.”

He was eventually saved by safety kayaker Sal Montgomery. The scenes will be shown on BBC2 later this year, and six episodes will air on Dave in July.

Lesley’s mum out at last

THE final series of BBC Two comedy Mum will be filmed away from Cathy’s house for the first time.

Viewers watching the next episode of Mum will notice that it has been filmed in a new location

Widow Cathy, played by Lesley Manville will head to a country house hired out by her brother’s partner Pauline (Dorothy Atkinson), who’s finally got her divorce money through.

No wonder she’s got the champers uncorked.

Their week-long stay coincides with Derek’s birthday, whose party will be the final episode. The sitcom, written by Him & Her creator Stefan Golaszewski, is up for four TV Bafta awards next month.

And for readers who have yet to sample the brilliance of Mum, the first two series will be available on iPlayer from tomorrow ahead of the launch of series three, which kicks off next month.

Pauline finally gets her divorce money
Pauline takes the gang to a hired house in the countryside for a week to celebrate Derek’s birthday


A TRAILER for the ­second series of Big ­Little Lies, starring Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman, has been released.

The new season, which also features Meryl Streep, will begin on Sky Atlantic on June 10.

Pembo is on Claud 9

HERE’S my exclusive snap of Steve Pemperton as Emperor Claudius.

Steve Pemberton and David Morrissey star in Britannia

He stars with David Morrissey in Sky Atlantic show Britannia, which returns this autumn.

The Inside No 9 star makes his entrance as Claudius, suffering from haemorrhoids while riding an elephant.

Sounds like a real pain  . . . in the backside.

Good for you, June

SEEING chain-smoker Dot Cotton wandering around Walford with an e-cig instead of a lit fag would feel as wrong as spotting Kat Slater without her face caked in slap.

You’ll never see June smoke an e-cigarette on Eastenders
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She tried an e-cigarette once but says she threw it in the bin after it kept falling out of her mouth
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So it’s fortunate that smoker June Brown, who has played Dot since 1985, never got on with vaping – although she did once try it, as this snap of her at a 2009 awards bash shows. June tells the Radio Times: “I did try one of those new ­electronic cigarettes but it was so heavy it kept falling out of my mouth, so that went in the bin.”

She added: “What’s the point of counting how many cigarettes I smoke a day? I’ve been on them for over 70 years . . . I’m going to die of something fairly soon so why not enjoy myself?”

Good for you, June.


HARRIET’S stalker hell reaches a sinister new level during tonight’s episode of Emmerdale.

After being attacked last week by a mystery hooded assailant, the local vicar is still nervous when she hears the church bells ringing unexpectedly. As she goes to investigate, she discovers she’s been locked inside.

Meanwhile, in Hollyoaks Ollie visits Luke in prison and reluctantly breaks the news that Mandy has had her baby.

Convinced the child must be his and not Darren’s, Luke tells his son that he’s ready to fight to get his family back.


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