The BBC announced that Line of Duty Season 6, which resumed filming at the end of August, wrapped yesterday afternoon in Northern Ireland. The sixth instalment of Jed Mercurio’s hit crime thriller will air on BBC One in 2021.
To mark the news, two images of Kelly Macdonald as Line of Duty‘s next guest series lead have been released. The pictures show Macdonald as Detective Chief Inspector Joanne Davidson, the senior investigating officer on an unsolved murder case whose unconventional conduct attracts the attention of AC-12.
Showrunner Jed Mercurio said: “Thanks so much to our brilliant cast and crew who applied rigorous Covid safety measures to deliver Line of Duty six to our wonderful fans.
“We’re all immensely grateful to World Productions and the BBC for the unswerving support they’ve given us in a time of unprecedented challenges to UK television production.”
Simon Heath, executive producer for World Productions, added: “Huge praise has to go to Jed, Kelly, Vicky, Martin, Adrian and the brilliant Line of Duty cast and crew who completed filming on series six yesterday, after five months of lockdown and three more of shooting under the most trying of circumstances.
He added: “The audience is in for a treat next year.”
A premiere date for Line of Duty Season 6 will be announced in due course. Series one to five of Line of Duty are available to stream in the UK exclusively on BBC iPlayer.
Line of Duty is written and created by Jed Mercurio, and made for BBC One by World Productions. The new series is directed by Daniel Nettheim, Gareth Bryn, and Jennie Darnell, and the producer is Ken Horn.
The show’s executive producers are Jed Mercurio, Simon Heath for World Productions, and Tommy Bulfin for BBC One. International distribution of the sixth series of Line of Duty is handled by ITV Studios.
Series regulars Martin Compston, Adrian Dunbar and Vicky McClure will all return, alongside Line Of Duty newcomers Shalom Brune-Franklin, Perry Fitzpatrick, Andi Osho and Prasanna Puwanarajah.
When filming resumed earlier this year, Compston said: “It’s been a long few months and it will be a different way of working from when we stopped, but I’m delighted to be back on the case with the Line Of Duty team!”
Dunbar commented: “Even with the imposition of Covid restrictions I can’t hide my excitement at getting the team back together. So many people wondering… what happens next?”
McClure added: “Been sitting on these incredible scripts for some time now, so I’m really looking forward to getting back to it and seeing the Line Of Duty family.”
Back then, Heath said: “It’s been almost six months since we stopped shooting, but following our implementation of all the industry Covid protocols, we’re delighted to be able to resume filming series six safely.”