The BBC has confirmed that the new series is back up and recording.
The delayed series following the latest case for AC-12 has finally picked up production this week, as 'Line of Duty' resumes filming on location in Belfast.
The sixth season is set a year and a half on from the events of when we last saw the special police unit, and we'll rejoin Adrian Dunbar, Vicky McClure and Martin Compston as they get to grips with a new Detective Chief Inspector Joanne Davidson, played by Kelly MacDonald. The senior investigating officer will take the lead on an unsolved murder case.
Alongside the series regulars, there will also be newcomers joining the sixth season with Shalom Brune-Franklin (Netflix's 'Cursed'), Perry Fitzpatrick (who also starred in the Netflix series, as well as the 'Downton Abbey' movie), Andi Osho (Carrie in 'I May Destroy You') and Prasanna Puwanarajah ('Defending the Guilty') all among the cast list.
'Line of Duty' showrunner, Jed Mercurio said of the production picking up once again: "We know 'Line of Duty' fans are desperate for series six and we hope we can get it on air as soon as possible. Thanks so much for your patience in these difficult times."
Filming of the series is under stringent health and safety protocals, in accordance with all current government guidelines on Covid-19. Mercurio tweeted the first on-set picture since filming first began back in February.
When I took this photo I was careful to keep the inmate opposite @martin_compston hidden but you can just about see an out-of-focus image on the camera monitor. Clue: it’s not Julia Montague. pic.twitter.com/rb7xdv8ybo
— Jed Mercurio (@jed_mercurio) September 1, 2020
County Fermanagh actor Adrian Dunbar, who plays Superintendent Ted Hastings, added about getting back into production: "Even with the imposition of Covid restrictions I can't hide my excitement at getting the team back together. So many people wondering… what happens next?"
'Line of Duty' season six was originally due to arrive at the end of 2020, but will now air on BBC at some point in 2021.