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Line of Duty viewers refuse to believe “pure as they come” Ted is bent

Free Ted Hastings!

Episode five of top BBC crime drama Line of Duty wasn’t an easy rise for everyone’s favourite Northern Irish copper, Superintendent Ted Hastings.

Warning. Spoilers ahead!

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Poor Ted! (Credit: BBC)

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AC-12 was taken off the investigation into undercover officer John Corbett (Stephen Graham), as the powers-that-be were concerned over the unit’s lack of progress.

The rebuff prompted Ted to take matters into his own hands and he carried out a mini undercover operation, venturing into the OCG’s night club and claiming to be corrupt high-ranking copper ‘H’ as he sought a face-to-face meeting with Corbett.

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Ted took matters into his own hands (Credit: BBC)

But as he had no clearance, Ted’s AC-12 colleagues Steve Arnott (Martin Compston) and DI Kate Fleming (Vicky McClure) had to report him to his boss, DCC Andrea Wise (Elizabeth Rider).

Ted was suspended and later arrested on suspicion of misconduct in a public office when he refused to come along quietly for questioning.

The situation worsened when his visit to OCG member Lee Banks at Blackthorn prison linked him to Corbett’s death – and he was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to murder.

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He was charged with conspiracy to murder (Credit: BBC)

In the episode’s dramatic closing scenes, Ted shouted: “No, no, no, I am being framed! I am not bent!”

Viewers on Twitter were outraged that Ted was implicated, protesting his innocence.

One said: “Free Ted – now! The fella is not a bent copper.”

Another wrote: “MOTHER OF GOD!!!! This has to be a set up. Not Ted!!!”

A third tweeted: “#LineOfDuty You sods! Ted is innocent, poor bloke. For the love of God (as he would say) he’s being framed. Jed Mercurio, you are a brilliant writer though and it’s great that we can watch something and nothing gets leaked. Love it.”

A fourth joked: “Mother of God. Ted is pure as they come and I will not believe otherwise.”

Others rushed to offer their theories on who’s really pulling the strings.

One fan wrote: “It can’t be Ted, it’s that snake Gill! She never got over Ted’s rejection so she is scorned and hell bent on bringing him down.”

Someone else commented: “I bet DI Kate Fleming is H #LineOfDuty.”

Echoing that line, another said: “After last night’s #LineOfDuty I’m even more convinced Kate is H. She’s seen how a number of innocent incidents could make it look like Hastings and personally took it further up the chain to ensure he’s investigated.”

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The final episode of Line of Duty airs next Sunday at 9pm on BBC One.

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