Who is ‘H’ in Line of Duty? “I wouldn’t want to embarrass myself,” says the Scotland Yard chief

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Who is ‘H’ in Line of Duty? ‘I wouldn’t embarrass myself speculating … it has more twists and turns than a rattlesnake in a hot tub,’ says Scotland Yard’s head of anti-corruption command (aka the real Ted Hastings)

Millions of Line Of Duty fans expect to be put out of their misery tonight when the identity of the corrupt cop ‘H’ is finally revealed – and none will be more relieved than Peter Holdcroft.

As head of Scotland Yard’s anti-corruption squad, he is the real Ted Hastings tasked with taking down ‘bent overlords’.

Although he doesn’t suck diesel or float the Lagan up in a bubble, Detective Chief Superintendent Holdcroft admits his colleagues are thrilled to make comparisons to Superintendent Hastings, as played by Adrian Dunbar.

“I really enjoy watching Ted Hastings,” he told The Mail on Sunday. ‘And my friends think it’s funny. Every now and then they tease me with things like “I saw you on TV last night”

As head of Scotland Yard's anti-corruption squad, Peter Holdcroft is the real Ted Hastings charged with taking down bent copper plates.

As head of Scotland Yard's anti-corruption squad, Peter Holdcroft is the real Ted Hastings charged with taking down bent copper plates.

As head of Scotland Yard’s anti-corruption squad, Peter Holdcroft is the real Ted Hastings tasked with taking down ‘bent over’ heads

“I really enjoy watching Ted Hastings,” he told The Mail on Sunday. ‘And my friends think it’s funny. Every now and then they tease me with things like, “I saw you on TV last night.” It’s also helpful if my last name starts with an ‘H’ and some storylines that continue. ‘

But while he may insist that there are few similarities between him and Hastings, the 47-year-old at least shares a penchant for a memorable catchphrase.

Asked to predict who might be revealed as ‘H’, he replies, ‘I wouldn’t want to embarrass myself by speculating as there are more twists and turns to that plot than a rattlesnake in hot water.’

DCS Holdcroft started his career as a bobby on the beat in 1992. Later he worked as a murder detective, in the fight against terrorism and in the intelligence service, before leading the anti-corruption command. Like Hastings, one of DCS Holdcroft’s main jobs is to exterminate agents who get too close to organized crime.

“Dealing with police officers is more difficult than dealing with criminals because of their experience with investigations and police tactics,” he says. ‘We have to be very smart about what we do to tackle that.

Dramatic scenes across six series of Line Of Duty have kept viewers on the edge of their seats, but luckily there are far fewer real-life murders or shootings

Dramatic scenes across six series of Line Of Duty have kept viewers on the edge of their seats, but luckily there are far fewer real-life murders or shootings

Dramatic scenes across six series of Line Of Duty have kept viewers on the edge of their seats, but luckily there are far fewer real-life murders or shootings

‘The most challenging areas are internal affairs. There are a lot of people we have to look at that we know, either indirectly or directly, which is quite difficult. I am often a keeper of secrets. ‘

Dramatic scenes throughout six series of Line Of Duty have kept viewers on the edge of their seats, but fortunately there are far fewer real-life murders or shootings. “Like all good police shows, they’ve made it sensational,” says DCS Holdcroft. But some of the underlying themes, especially in the first two seasons, are quite close to reality. Moreover, we unfortunately use a lot of abbreviations. ‘

While enjoying Jed Mercurio’s hit drama, he prefers The Thin Blue Line, the 1990s police sitcom starring Rowan Atkinson.

But the biggest plot twist is that he hasn’t seen this series from Line Of Duty at all.

“I am very impatient,” he says. “I’ll wait for it to finish and then I’ll binge watch.”

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