A dazzling 12.8 million viewers tuned in to watch the sixth season of the Line Of Duty on Sunday evening with a 56.2% share of the nights spent last night, with the highest rating ever at night.
Fans have tuned in to it Nail-biting series are coming to an end – and the mysterious antagonist ‘H’ was finally exposed as DSI Ian Buckells, played by Nigel Boyle.
Loyal viewers flocked to social media to share their frustrations when agents from the police’s anti-corruption unit AC-12 discovered the identity of the elusive ‘fourth man’ – insisting that this was an unlikely event.
Due to the disappointment and confusion of some of the *** viewers, there are widespread calls for a seventh season, but when asked about the prospect, Martin Compston said, ‘The real answer is we don’t know’.
Line Of Duty’s highly anticipated sixth series came to an end on Sunday night when the identity of the elusive criminal ‘H’ was finally exposed.
But the revelation the bent copper colluding with organized crime groups (OCGs), was really DSI Ian Buckells infuriated many seasoned Line Of Duty fans.
It saw the words ‘fuming’, ‘disappointing’ and ‘disappointing’ all trending on social media in the aftermath of the show.
And the disbelief that it could be him was compounded by the way he was caught only for his repeated misspelling of the word ‘sure’ – hardly the blunder of a hardened criminal mastermind.
The detective – widely believed until last night to be just a clumsy front man – was first introduced to viewers in series one as the SIO in the case of murdered businesswoman Jackie Laverty by then-Chief Inspector Derek Hilton.
In any case, it was revealed that the so-called fourth man was actually DSU Ian Buckells, who was originally imprisoned after appearing to have been framed by Davidson.
He later became the detective’s superintendent in series four before being promoted to superintendent again in this final series.
Sharing their disappointment with the revelation, one dissatisfied Line of Duty fan wrote on Twitter: ‘I can’t believe I’ve seen six seasons of the Duty line for Ian Buckells, the most pointless character to be the fourth man. Smoking. ‘
While another viewer added, “I’m raging, I can’t believe I waited so long for Ian Buckells to run the stick.”
And while the finale captured many unresolved storylines, there were still some gaping plot holes and storylines that went unanswered.
Viewers were noticeably impressed with the elusive criminal’s identity as the series ended on an ambiguous note
The sixth series of Jed Mercurio’s creation also saw DI Steve Arnott, played by actor Martin, eventually called to meet with Occupational Health, who noted that while he hadn’t broken the law for his overuse of painkillers, he would have to turn over his firearms license.
However, the end of the 60-minute episode did not resolve whether the team of DI Steve Arnott, DI Kate Fleming and Chief Inspector Ted Hastings would return, ending with the revelation that the team has “ never been weaker. ”
The mystery surrounding ‘H’ identity has been the subject of speculation since his character was first mentioned at the end of series three, which aired in 2016. and investigators from the anti-corruption unit found that there were four agents working within the force who had links to the underground criminal network.
Wait even longer: Like many shows, series six was hit by several delays due to the Covid pandemic, with filming in Belfast halted in March 2020, just days before the UK was plunged into lockdown
Like many shows, series six was hit by several delays due to the Covid pandemic, and filming in Belfast ceased in March 2020, just days before the UK shutdown.
Production was finally able to resume in September of that year with strict safety guidelines, including the use of studio sets instead of actual locations, regular testing measures.
Shooting for series six was finally completed in November, with bosses later confirming that it would be seven episodes instead of the usual six.
Expected: Given the show’s record number of viewers, fans hoped the finale would answer all their burning questions, including the identity of the elusive ‘H’