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Adrian Dunbar has sparked speculation of a return for Line of Duty after he appeared via video link at the National Television Awards.
Dunbar was giving a speech after the hit BBC drama received the Special Recognition award at the star-studded event at London's O2 Arena.
Upon receiving the award, Dunbar - who plays Superintendent Ted Hastings - said: "Who knows, we might be back."
So, the reason this is interesting is because most fans thought that they would never see the series return again after the gripping finale of season six.
However, now Dunbar has opened the door to a comeback and - in the parlance of our time - now we're sucking diesel.
You best make another series after this.
- Enzo B Mezatni (@Enzomezatni) September 9, 2021
My body is ready for Line of Duty 7.
- S h e l b s:maple_leaf::fallen_leaf: (@_shelbss26) September 9, 2021
That said, in the past, series creator Jed Mercurio has said that they've wrapped up for good, or for now at least.
He recently said that he 'does not have a plan in place' for any future episodes.
Mercurio did add: "If there was a way, we'd obviously look at that seriously."
The show has been such a runaway success for the BBC's drama unit that they'd be foolish not to try to tempt Dunbar, as well as his co-stars Vicky McClure and Martin Compston, back out for another round of bent coppers and mysterious alphabetical subterfuge.
The conclusion of series six drew in an audience of 15.24 million, making it the UK's most-watched drama of the 21st century.
Still some way to go to catch the 1985 Snooker World Championship Final between Steve Davis and Dennis Taylor though.
Now that is real drama.
#LineofDuty winning awards is making my day absolute amazing show @Line_of_duty
- ' Eryn ' (@jennyscmb) September 9, 2021
AND TED HASTINGS?? we're getting more line of duty!!!!
- catherine :herb: (@cafffrinn) September 9, 2021
If it's more Line of Duty style action you're up for, how about checking out a new vehicle for Vicky McClure and Jed Mercurio, called Trigger Point?
Speaking of that project, Mercurio told BBC Breakfast: "We're shooting a series called Trigger Point at the moment, which stars Vicky McClure playing a bomb disposal officer, and that's a very exciting prospect, probably on screen in the early new year.
"And then I'm sort of taking stock about what I'm going to do next - so, lots of lots of things possibly in the pipeline, it's a very exciting time."
When pressed on the future of Line of Duty, the writer said: "I think if Line Of Duty fans propel [his book] Sleeper to the top of the bestseller charts, I think that will say that there's a desire for more of my work, so that might motivate me.
"But currently, there are no plans to answer that question seriously.
"We're all so thrilled by the response to season six, it did so well."
Very well deserved. Line of Duty receives this year's Special Recognition Award :sparkles:#NTAs pic.twitter.com/OXNJTMdEff
- National TV Awards (@OfficialNTAs) September 9, 2021
"It's fantastic to be part of something like that, an absolute once-in-a-lifetime experience that the cast and I really loved being part of.
"So if there was a way, we'd obviously look at that seriously, but just being honest with you, right now we don't have a plan in place."
Well, we'll have to see about that.
More to follow.
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