Line of Duty creator speaks out on finale backlash amid series 7 speculation

The creator of Line of Duty has spoken out on the backlash to the finale to the sixth series amid speculation there will be a series seven.

Jed Mercurio reacted to the incredible ratings the episode pulled in after it smashed records with 12.8million fans tuning in and hitting a peak of 13.1 million, according to the BBC.

Writing on Twitter he added that he knew beforehand that the final episode “wouldn’t appeal to everyone”.

He tweeted: “We’re honoured and flattered by the viewing figures for #LineofDuty6. We knew attempting to explore the real nature of corruption in our society wouldn’t appeal to everyone, but we do sincerely thank you all for watching. It’s been our privilege to share your Sunday nights.”

The revelation that the mysterious Fourth Man or ‘H’ was DI Ian Buckells was met by strong disappointment by viewers, with many refusing to accept him as the true big bad.

Line of Duty star Nigel Boyle who played Buckells addressed the criticisms too saying some fans has “set themselves up for disappointment”.

Appearing on BBC Breakfast he said: "If your expectations are somewhere, then you're setting yourselves up for disappointment, and that's not to say all fans are doing that, it's just everyone's got their own ideas and theories about how something's going to pan out, and if everyone does that someone's not going to be happy somewhere along the line.”

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He added: “The fans have been brilliant, so many people have invested so much in this series and some of the fan theories themselves have been outstanding, so I think there's always gonna be some element of disappointment.”

It comes after rumours of a seventh season are rife, with the BBC seeming to confirm series 7 yesterday.

As BBC Chief Content Officer Charlotte Moore congratulated Jed on the sixth series she implied that more episodes were coming.

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In a statement following Sunday night's finale, Charlotte said: "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."

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