Anna Maxwell Martin returns to Line of Duty
Staff Reporter | On 15, Apr 2021
DCS Patricia Carmichael is back, with Anna Maxwell Martin confirmed to return to Line of Duty this weekend.
Viewers will remember no-nonsense DCS Carmichael from Season 5, where she was brought in as an independent investigator from AC-3 after suspicions mounted over the integrity of Superintendent Ted Hastings. Now with Ted’s forced retirement looming, is Carmichael in position to take control? And with the restructure of the anti-corruption units, is this the end of AC-12?
Anna Maxwell Martin says: “Pat’s back, I can’t remember what she’s doing there, nor would I be allowed to blab, but suffice to say she’s got some new clobber and she’s ready to bust some balls.”
Line of Duty airs at 9pm on Sundays on BBC One. Season 1 to 6 are available on BBC iPlayer.
Line of Duty Season 6 gets March release date
27th February 2021
Line of Duty will officially return for Season 6 in just a few weeks.
Jed Mercurio’s hit crime thriller – which resumed filming at the end of August, after a delay due to the coronavirus pandemic – wrapped production last November, leaving fans eagerly anticipating the eventual return of AC-12 to our screens.
Season 6 will be set a year and a half on from the events of Season 5, and will feature a brand new case for AC-12, focused on an enigmatic Detective Chief Inspector. Kelly Macdonald will star as the DCI in question – Joanne Davidson – a senior investigating officer on an unsolved murder case. Series leads Vicky McClure, Martin Compston and Adrian Dunbar will, of course, all return.
The good news is that they’ll be doing so much sooner than you may have expected, with Season 6 confirmed to premiere on BBC One at 9pm on Sunday 21st March. Until then, you can catch up with the previous five seasons on BBC iPlayer.
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First look: Kelly Macdonald in Line of Duty Season 6
24th November 2020
The first images of Kelly Macdonald in Line of Duty have landed, as the programme officially wraps filming on Season 6.
Jed Mercurio’s hit crime thriller – which resumed filming at the end of August – wrapped yesterday afternoon in Northern Ireland. To mark the news, two images of Kelly Macdonald as Line of Duty’s next guest lead have been released. The pictures show Macdonald as Detective Chief Inspector Joanne Davidson, the senior investigating officer on an unsolved murder case whose unconventional conduct attracts the attention of AC-12.
Mercurio says: “Thanks so much to our brilliant cast and crew who applied rigorous Covid safety measures to deliver Line of Duty six to our wonderful fans. We’re all immensely grateful to World Productions and the BBC for the unswerving support they’ve given us in a time of unprecedented challenges to UK television production.”
Season 6 of Line of Duty will air on BBC One in 2021.
Filming begins on Line Of Duty Season 6
18th February 2020
Filming has begun on Line of Duty Season 6.
The latest instalment of Jed Mercurio’s hit BBC One thriller is set a year and a half on from the events of series five, and will feature a brand new case for AC-12, focused on an enigmatic Detective Chief Inspector. As previously announced, Kelly Macdonald will star as the DCI in question – Joanne Davidson – a senior investigating officer on an unsolved murder case. Series leads Vicky McClure, Martin Compston and Adrian Dunbar will all return.
Joining Line Of Duty for the first time this series are Shalom Brune-Franklin (Our Girl, Cursed), Perry Fitzpatrick (This Is England, I Am Nicola), Andi Osho (Kiri, Curfew) and Prasanna Puwanarajah (Doctor Foster, Patrick Melrose).
The new series will be directed by Daniel Nettheim (Broadchurch, Doctor Who), Gareth Bryn (Hinterland, Last Tango In Halifax), and Jennie Darnell (Bodyguard, Hetty Feather), and the producer is Ken Horn (The Moorside, Line of Duty series five). Executive producers are Jed Mercurio, Simon Heath for World Productions, and Tommy Bulfin for BBC One.
Season 6 will premiere on BBC One later this year.
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Kelly Macdonald to star in Line of Duty Season 6
20th November 2019
Kelly Macdonald will star as guest lead in Season 6 of BBC One’s Line Of Duty.
She will play Detective Chief Inspector Joanne Davidson, the senior investigating officer of an unsolved murder, whose unconventional conduct raises suspicions at AC-12.
Macdonald is best known for her roles in Trainspotting, Gosford Park, State Of Play, No Country For Old Men, Boardwalk Empire and, most recently, The Victim and Giri/Haji. She will start work on Line Of Duty when filming begins next year, opposite series leads Martin Compston, Vicky McClure and Adrian Dunbar, who are also confirmed to return.
Line of Duty writer and showrunner Jed Mercurio says: “We’re honoured that Kelly Macdonald will join Martin, Vicky and Adrian in series six of Line Of Duty. DCI Joanne Davidson will prove the most enigmatic adversary AC-12 have ever faced.”
Simon Heath, CEO and Creative Director of World Productions, adds: “The Line Of Duty team have always been huge fans of her work, so we’re thrilled Kelly has agreed to join us this series to pit her wits against AC-12.”
The most recent episode of Line Of Duty, Season 5’s finale on BBC One back in May, is the most watched programme of the year so far, with a 28-day figure of 13.7 million viewers across all TV and online viewing.