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Martin Compston Addresses Criticism Over Line Of Duty Finale

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Martin Compston Addresses Criticism Over Line Of Duty Finale

Martin Compston has addressed the reaction to the Line of Duty finale, which aired last night and left many people feeling 'disappointed'.

In a statement shared on social media, Compston said he felt 'immense pride' over the success of the show, and thanked fans for remaining loyal.

He said: "Hey folks now the madness is slightly dying down, just want to thank everybody who reached out about last night and the series as a whole, we've truly been blown away by the reaction and love for the show and we're proud of it.


"Fully understand it wasn't the 'urgent exit' type ending some anticipated but we appreciate you sticking with us.

"Felt many emotions from excitement and anxiety at the hype to relief that it's over. Now I just feel immense pride out show that started on Wednesdays on BBC2 has just smashed every overnight drama record since they began."

Compston also revealed there was an amusing pact between he and his co-workers, adding: "Finally myself, Vicky, Adrian and Jed made an agreement - in the inconceivable and ridiculous scenario we ever got twelve million viewers, we would get 'AC12million' tattoos. We'll see who's good to their word......"



After the season six finale aired yesterday (2 May), fans were split on how they felt about the episode - which finally revealed the identity of 'H' or the 'Fourth Man' as the bumbling and incompetent DSI Ian Buckells.

Many fans said they felt 'disappointed' by the finale, while others praised its understated conclusion.

Credit: BBC
Credit: BBC

Some people even argued the drama mirrored that of British politics, saying the 'genius' finale was a 'direct trolling' of Prime Minister Boris Johnson.


Either way, there's a chance that the story may not even be over, with the BBC saying today that it planned to have 'a conversation' about the 'future of the series'.

Charlotte Moore, the BBC's chief content officer, said in a statement: "Addictive event television, Line of Duty has kept the nation guessing for the last seven weeks, so it's no surprise that last night's jaw dropping finale set a ratings record.

"Jed Mercurio is a master of his craft, and I would like to congratulate him and the entire cast and crew for delivering such an incredible drama series.

"I'm looking forward to having a conversation with the team about where we go next and what the future of the series might be."

Featured Image Credit: BBC

Topics: Entertainment, TV and Film, martin compston, Line of Duty

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