Line of Duty creator Jed Mercurio teases series 6 details amid ‘tough’ time filming

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Jed Mercurio has opened up about what fans can expect from the next series of Line of Duty as he opened up about how "difficult" it had been to film during the pandemic.

Actors Adrian Dunbar, Vicky McClure and Martin Compson have all returned to play their much-loved characters Ted Hastings, DI Kate Fleming and DS Steve Arnott, respectively.

The show will also see the introduction of actress Kelly MacDonald, who will play pivotal character DCI Joanne Davidson.

Appearing on Lorraine today, Jed said of filming: "It's been pretty tough, to be honest with you. Firstly I've got to pay tribute to our brilliant cast and crew.

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"We've been diligently and rigorously wearing masks the whole time, social distancing, sanitising any objects that pass between people, fogging spaces that we go into as well as having to take other steps such as changing scenes from interior locations to exterior locations. Some of our on-location shoots have been moved into the studio so that we were able to ventilate the spaces… so there has been a lot that we've had to do.

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"We hope that these changes will be invisible to fans when they watch the series."

Speaking about the premise of the upcoming series, Jed said: "Kelly McDonald is our lead for series six.

"Kelly plays DCI Joanne Davidson, who is the Senior Investigating Officer on a high profile murder that remains unsolved over a year after the killing and AC-12 get involved because there are question marks over her involvement in the investigation."

Actress Vicky previously described the scripts for the latest series as "incredible", while there has also been a picture released of Steve without his sergeant rank insignia on his uniform.

Could we see Steve demoted? Or is he undercover?

*Lorraine airs weekdays at 9am on ITV

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