Is Line of Duty season 7 happening? Here's what we know from Jed Mercurio and the BBC so far

Have we seen the last of AC-12? Here's what we know about Line of Duty season 7 so far

Vicky McClure and Martin Compston in BBC's Line of Duty
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Following the sixth series finale, diehard fans are desperate to know if Line of Duty Season 7 is happening. Will we get to see the AC-12 team return to our screens again, or is this it? 

As yet, we're still yet to receive a definitive "no" from Jed Mercurio or the BBC, meaning the door for another Line of Duty season is still considered open in the eyes of fans—for now.

The final installment of season 6 drew an incredible 12.8 million viewers, which, according to the BBC, makes it the most-watched episode of a modern drama series (excluding soaps).

The hit BBC drama has had viewers hooked on police corruption throughout six brilliantly suspenseful seasons. For those who are yet to get up to speed on the show so far, hit up BBC iPlayer for one of the most successful TV shows in history.

And while the recent finale wasn't the ending many Line of Duty fans were hoping for, we did get a few loose ends tied up regarding Ted Hastings, Jo Davidson, Ian Buckells and co. So the ultimate question is no longer, who is H, but rather, will there be a Line of Duty season 7?

Vicky McClure, Perry Fitzpatrick, Nigel Boyle and Kelly MacDonald in BBC's Line of Duty

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Will there be a series 7 of Line of Duty?

Nothing is confirmed yet, but it seems that the BBC would be very on board with Line of Duty Season 7. "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," Charlotte Moore, the BBC's Chief Content Officer said in a statement. 

As for the creator himself, Jed Mercurio is leaving things up in the air for now. Appearing on the latest episode of the Obsessed with Line of Duty podcast, he responded with, "we'll see about that" when asked if he could "get writing another series" by host Craig Parkinson. A Line of Duty Season 7 trailer is quite a way off, then, but not an absolute "no".

Perry Fitzpatrick, Kelly MacDonald and Martin Compston in BBC's Line of Duty

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Speaking to the Radio Times last month, show creator Mercurio said, “We’re in a situation where it’s not entirely clear that there will be a seventh series.

“We would hope there could be. But we’re having to do our planning coming out of COVID, and a whole bunch of other things around the idea that these things aren’t guaranteed at all now.”

There might still be hope for Line of Duty season 7, however, as Jed is understood to have a rule that if he isn’t sure there will be another series, he wraps up the plot threads in the one he’s writing. 

When asked about this by the publication, he responded, “I haven’t necessarily been true to that. I think the indications are that the BBC remains very supportive.

"So, without a formal commission, I would say conversations have been very reassuring from the standpoint of not having to wrap things up.”

Martin Compston, Anna Maxwell Martin and Shalom Brune-Franklin in BBC's Line of Duty

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What do the cast say about Line of Duty season 7?

It seems as though the cast is very keen to come back for a seventh series, however. reports that Adrian Dunbar, who plays the head of AC-12 Ted Hastings, told the press in March that the stars don't want it to "end like this."

He explained, "It was very tricky and I think Vicky said something which I would absolutely roll in behind, which is that we can’t really stop now, we’ve got to do another series.

"I mean we’ve all to get on to Jed and say, “We’ve got to do one that’s not like when we were in lockdown."

“Right now, it could end and we could come back,” Martin Compston, who plays DI Steve Arnott, added. "But as I think we've alluded to before, just on a personal level, it would be a shame to end it this way. 

“We've said it's such a sociable job and us all hanging out together has become such a big aspect, we’re such close friends, and I’ll include Jed in that. 

“I think it’d be a shame to go that way, but definitely with Jed as well, there’s always potential for it to go on. We could always start a new case.

"There’s always corruption out there, as he would say, but at the same time where there’s a lot of big questions getting answered in this series, there’s always loose ends."So, despite nothing being confirmed, we can’t help feeling that the show might just be renewed for another explosive season...

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So, despite nothing being confirmed, we can’t help feeling that the show might just be renewed for another explosive season.

We're keeping everything crossed!

Emma Shacklock

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