Actor Adrian Dunbar has revealed the sixth series of BBC thriller Line Of Duty will be on the box within the next year.
Asked when the new run of episodes will air on TV, Adrian hinted fans will see the likes of DI Fleming and DS Arnott back in action within the next 12 months.
But he also teased an earlier return date before the end of 2020 - and indicated he does not know the identity of mysterious character 'H'.
"Maybe January or February, something like that."
Maybe January or February, something like that.
And replying to how far in advance he learns about the show’s twists and turns, Adrian explained that production schedules meant he does not know what is scripted to happen in the final episodes of the series.
He said: "We usually get three blocks [in a series], six episodes [in] three blocks.
"At the moment we know what's happening up to the end of episode four. We don't know what's happening in five or six.
"Some people possibly do, but that's where we are at the moment. We certainly don't know what happens in [episode] six."
Adrian’s daytime TV appearance also included a very brief look at at Sport Relief 2020 spoof sketch based on a Line of Duty investigation featuring Hastings, Arnott and Fleming… and also Lee Mack as a bumbling solicitor.
"[Lee] is so funny, so funny," Adrian chuckled.
Show creator Jed Mercurio got fans very excited a couple of weeks ago after he shared a picture of Adrian and fellow stars Vicky McClure and Martin Compston from filming.
However, the behind-the-scenes snap was clearly of the three actors larking about on set, rather than a sneak peek at forthcoming plot events.
The new series of Line of Duty is believed to be set 18 months after series five.
According to reports, the plot will focus on a new case for AC-12, with Kelly Macdonald joining the cast as Detective Chief Inspector Joanne Davidson.
She will be joined by Shalom Brune-Franklin, Perry Fitzpatrick, Andi Osho, and Prasanna Puwanarajah.
Jed has previously promised that Kelly's character will be an "enigmatic adversary" for AC-12.
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