BBC seems to confirm Line of Duty series 7 amid speculation of show’s future

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BBC Chief Content Officer Charlotte Moore has seemed to confirm a seventh series of Line of Duty, as she congratulated writer Jed Mercurio on the sixth series.

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."

The Line of Duty series six finale had its highest every overnight ratings of 12.8million, which worked out at a whopping 56.2% audience share.

It appears many fans are keen for a seventh series, as they were left disappointed by the big reveal in Sunday's finale.

It was revealed that Ian Buckells, played by actor Nigel Boyle, was the fourth person behind H.

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He kept up his series of "no comment" responses during interview, before he finally cracked and it was revealed he was the go-between for the police and OCG.

People were left disappointed over H's identity, but Nigel Boyle spoke on BBC Breakfast on Monday morning about the backlash.

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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The actor went on: "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.

"You can't have every series end with a big shoot out, urgent exit required. Sometimes the subtler message is more important."

Despite the apparent backlash, Nigel suggested that the groundwork for his character being revealed as H was always there.

"I think with this season, more so than the other seasons," he said, "people have been watching it not once, but two or three times and really analysing it.

"I think when you watch it again you'll reaffirm some assumptions and see things that you've not seen."

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