Line of Duty's Martin Compston issues brutal warning to fans eager for a seventh series

LINE of Duty's Martin Compston has shocked fans with his opinion on whether the cop drama will return for a seventh season.

May’s BBC finale pulled in 15.24million viewers, making it the UK’s most-watched drama series of the 21st century, but so far the show's creators have not hinted at its return.

Now Compston, 37, has weighed in on the rumours, saying Line of Duty would only come back if the show's creator, Jed Mercurio, was keen on it.

“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," Compston told the Daily Star.

Commenting on the ongoing questions about the return of Line of Duty, especially from eager fans, Compston said he loved their enthusiasm

“Whenever people ask for a selfie or ask about the show, it means they love what we’re doing," he said.

“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.”

But then giving fans a glimmer of hope, Compston added: "It always takes a couple of years between series.”

The Scottish actor was also overwhelmed with the response to the most recent series.

"It’s great to see people’s reaction," Compston said.

“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 added: “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.”

Mercurio broke the hearts of fans recently when he said he had no plans for more episodes of the cop drama.

But he still held out hope for fans desperate to see a seventh series.

Line of Duty was a “once-in-a-lifetime experience”, he told BBC Breakfast in August.

Mercurio added: “If there was a way, we’d obviously look at that seriously.

“But, just being honest with you, right now we don’t have a plan in place.”

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