Line Of Duty fans have been given their first look at the long-awaited Series 5 after the BBC dropped a new trailer.
The Beeb broadcast a short clip of the forthcoming series on Boxing Day, to the delight of the police drama’s many fans.
The one-minute preview has fuelled speculation that the AC-12 anti-corruption squad’s leader, Superintendent Ted Hastings (Adrian Dunbar) is actually corrupt after all.
The trailer features a scene in Hastings’ office, when he discusses a corrupt senior office’s involvement in a robbery with his most trusted teammembers Detective Sergeant Steve Arnott (Martin Compston) and Detective Sergeant Kate Fleming (Vicky McClure).
Arnott reveals he hasn’t been provided with an ID of the corrupt officer in question.
Steve Arnott (Martin Compston) and Kate Fleming (Vicky McClure) are ready for their toughest case yet
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Fleming adds: "This is a chance to crack the highest level link between corrupt officers and organised crime… possibly even the top man."
Hastings tells them they’re his "best team" and he will "back them to the hilt".
As Arnott and Fleming leave his office to get cracking on the case, a rather shifty looking Hastings appears concerned.
Viewers think Superintendent Ted Hastings (Adrian Dunbar) looks shifty as hell
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Following the trailer’s debut, fans took to Twitter to describe their excitement at the show’s return and their suspicions about Hastings.
One tweeted: "Don’t make Ted the baddie, don’t make Ted the baddie, don’t make Ted the baddie!! This had better be some MASSIVE red herring!! Seriously @jed_mercurio stop messing! @worldprods #BBC #LineofDuty."
Another wrote: "Been saying for 2 seasons Hastings is corrupt. #LineofDuty."
One fan pleased: "Dear @jed_mercurio #LineOfDuty @BBCOne, If Hastings turns out to be bent, we are going to have words."
While the BBC are yet to confirm the exact date of the show’s return, Martin recently hinted April 2019 was the return date during an appearance on the Lorraine show.
Fleming and Arnott will have a challenge on their hands
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He said: "I think in about April. We just finish and we hand it over to the BBC schedule Gods, but I think April is about the time it’s expected."
Fans have been waiting a long time for Series 5 after Series 4 finished back in April 2017.
Joining Vicky, Martin and Adrian in Series 5 is Stephen Graham as balaclava man John Corbett and Rochenda Sandall as Lisa McQueen.
Line Of Duty’s creator Jed Mercurio hasn’t revealed many details about Series 5’s plotline, but previously said: "I want to look at the personal lives of all the regulars in series five.
"They’ve taken a backseat in [series 4] to Roz Huntley (Thandie Newton), so it would be good to explore that side of things a bit more. The regulars are definitely up for doing more."
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