Line of Duty ‘set for return’ as bosses ‘draw up plans for 7th series’

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Line Of Duty is set to return for another series, we can reveal.

Bosses on the hit crime drama have drawn up plans to make a seventh run.

The move was agreed after a string of top-secret meetings.

A show insider said: “Another series is happening. This is the news millions of fans have been hoping for.”

Stars Adrian Dunbar, Vicky McClure and Martin Compston, will be ­offered big-money deals to reprise their roles, and the episodes will be shown on BBC One again.

Other details, including the storylines and filming dates, are yet to be finalised. The insider added: “A lot of stuff still needs to be agreed and it is likely to take a while. Fans will probably have to wait a few years before it airs on TV.”

This year’s Line Of Duty was a rating sensation for the Beeb.

The finale was watched by more than 15 million viewers, making it the most-watched drama of the 21st Century.

The show also won big at the National Television Awards in September, when it took two categories.

It comes just weeks after Martin Compston told us he wouldn't return to the hit crime drama "just for the sake of it".

He said: "People want us to come back and that’s amazing but Jed will only come back and do more if he believes there is a story to tell.

“He won’t come back just because we’re getting bigger. He wouldn’t do another series just for the sake of it. He writes everything for a reason."

Martin added: "Whenever people ask for a selfie or ask about the show, it means they love what we’re doing.

“It can get repetitive in some ways, but I never take that stuff for granted.

"It means what we’re doing is going well. And the fact that people want us to come back again means the world."

Martin was overwhelmed by the hysteria around it. He said: “It’s great to see people’s reactions.

“But by the last episode, I was glad it was done. It was getting intense. I realised people are so invested in it.

“We started this wee show on Wednesday nights on BBC Two and now it is bigger than ever!”

He said: “Line Of Duty is the job of a lifetime. I am so lucky. As a cast, we have been through a lot together. We are a great team.”

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