Line Of Duty stars join forces with other TV cops for comedy short

Line Of Duty stars Vicky McClure, Adrian Dunbar and Martin Compston (from his pool in Vegas!) join forces with other TV cops for hilarious comedy short during lockdown

The Line Of Duty cast have congregated from lockdown to once again raise awareness for charity auction Asks For Masks – this time teaming up with other TV cops for a comedy short.

Showrunner Jed Mercurio tweeted video of the three main stars – Vicky McClure, Martin Compston and Adrian Dunbar – in their respective roles of Detective Inspector Kate Fleming, Detective Sergeant Steve Arnott and Superintendent Ted Hastings, having a video conference during the coronavirus lockdown,

The skit sees Kate watching The Nest – a BBC drama from earlier this year that starred Martin – in a onesie.

Ted is then seen logging into the video call asking if Kate is still undercover, to which she timidly says: ‘Yeah – undercover!’

Steve then logs in from his swimming pool in Vegas [which is where actor Martin really lives] as he floats around in one of his trademark waistcoats on a lilo.

‘Listen Steve, I hope that virtual background isn’t costing me an arm and a leg, son!’ Ted scolds Steve of the swimming pool and the clear blue skies.

‘No it’s fine. What’s happening?’ Steve asks, chucking a red cup of booze off camera.


Skit: The Line Of Duty cast have congregated from lockdown to once again raise awareness for charity auction Asks For Masks – this time teaming up with other TV cops for a comedy short

Hilarious: Jed Mercurio tweeted video of the three main stars – Vicky McClure, Martin Compston [pictured] and Adrian Dunbar – in their respective roles of Detective Inspector Kate Fleming, Detective Sergeant Steve Arnott and Superintendent Ted Hastings

Nesting: The skit sees Kate watching The Nest – a BBC drama from earlier this year that starred Martin – in a onesie

‘That’s the problem – nothing’s going on!’ says Ted – a nod to the fact that the sixth season was put on hold amid COVID-19. ‘That’s why I thought I better check on my best team and see how the investigation against DCI Jo Davidson played by Kelly Macdonald,’ he adds, referring to the latest star to join the show’s sixth series.

‘She’s inside!’ says Kate. ‘Well great! Bring on series seven!’ Ted replies wryly. ‘No, not locked up, locked down.’

‘What about that DI who always does the cold cases?’ Ted asks, at which point DI Sunny Khan [Sanjeev Bhaskar, from fellow cop show Unforgotten] pops up.

Ted is seen logging into the video call asking if Kate is still undercover, to which she timidly says: ‘Yeah – undercover!’

Lap of luxury: Steve then logs in from his swimming pool in Vegas [which is where actor Martin really lives] as he floats around in one of his trademark waistcoats on a lilo

Jokes: ‘Listen Steve, I hope that virtual background isn’t costing me an arm and a leg, son!’ Ted scolds Steve of the swimming pool and the clear blue skies. ‘No it’s fine. What’s happening?’ Steve asks, chucking a red cup of booze off camera

‘I’ve got nothing to hide!’ Sunny says, before demanding someone off-camera not look in his rucksack. 

‘Sunny Khan’s not bent sir! He’s a good copper!’ assures Kate.

Ted replies: ‘What about that flash Harry of a DI?’

At this point Gene Hunt [Philip Glenister of Life On Mars and Ashes To Ashes] crops up, driving a car and shouting, ‘Oi, shut it!’

Funny: ‘I thought I better check on my best team and see how the investigation against DCI Jo Davidson played by Kelly Macdonald,’ Ted adds. ‘She’s inside!’ says Kate. ‘Not locked up, locked down’

Cameo: ‘What about that DI who always does the cold cases?’ Ted asks, at which point DI Sunny Khan [Sanjeev Bhaskar, from fellow cop show Unforgotten] pops up

Flash Harry: Gene Hunt [Philip Glenister of Life On Mars and Ashes To Ashes] crops up, driving a car and shouting, ‘Oi, shut it!’

Countryside killer? Midsomer Murders’ DCI John Barnaby [Neil Dudgeon] is seen asking someone to move a body out to the countryside

Steve says: ‘Gene Hunt’s not bent sir, he’s just got anachronistic methods!’

Ted tries a third: ‘What about that DCI with the suspicious clusters of geographically implausible murder cases.’

This is a nod to Midsomer Murders, at which point DCI John Barnaby [Neil Dudgeon] is seen asking someone to move a body out to the countryside.

Stay safe: ‘All I really care about is everyone keeping well!’ finishes Ted

Doing what they can: The six actors then appeal to viewers to support Ask For Masks’ charity auction to raise funds to buy PPE for the NHS amid the pandemic

‘All I really care about is everyone keeping well!’ finishes Ted.

The six actors then appeal to viewers to support Ask For Masks’ charity auction to raise funds to buy PPE for the NHS amid the pandemic.

This is yet another treat from Jed, who, earlier this month gave fans a glimpse at previously unaired scenes. 

Time for a laugh: This is the second treat from Jed, who, earlier this month gave fans a glimpse at previously unaired scenes

God give me strength! Mercurio tweeted a blooper reel showing Line of Duty stars making some hilarious mistakes during shooting

Writer Jed shared the video, tweeting: ‘Here’s another irreverent #LineofDuty video as a shameless inducement to support ⁦@asksformasks⁩. Bid for amazing lots in the charity auction and help provide much-needed PPE for health care staff.’ 

The cast are seen struggling with various scenes in hilarious outtakes. 

Adrian in particular appears to have an ongoing problem with hanging coats, with the blooper video sending fans into hysterics as he struggled to get one jacket off a hanger and another garment dropped off the coat rack mid-scene.

Last week Jed admitted the sixth series of Line of Duty may have to be rewritten due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Production on the upcoming season of the show had to be halted after just four weeks of filming due to the global health crisis and now Jed has admitted they could have to scrap what they have already filmed and start over with new scripts.

Mother of God: Adrian in particular appears to have an ongoing problem with hanging coats, with the blooper video sending fans into hysterics

Speaking on The Andrew Marr Show, Jed explained: ‘We’re all considering [a re-write]. 

‘We shot for four weeks in a pre-lockdown world, and all that material would have to be re-shot if we were going to change things. That would have huge cost implications, but we are considering it.’

Vicky added: ‘I am [wanting to go back]. Even if it means re-shooting what we’ve already shot.’

Up in the air: Jed Mercurio says the sixth series of Line of Duty may have to be rewritten due to the coronavirus pandemic

Jed also revealed they had a small outbreak of the coronavirus on set, which they were able to keep under control with testing.

He added that a return to filming before next year is unlikely unless testing facilities are made widely available.

He explained: ‘The problem was when [testing] was abandoned by the Government, we were looking at a situation where we couldn’t apply that.

‘Nobody knows how this is going to unfold and we’ve just got to make sure everybody’s safe. I feel for a lot of the crew, it’s a difficult time when you’re out of work.

Halted: Writer and producer Jed (pictured in 2019) admitted they could have to scrap what they have already filmed and start over with entire new scripts

‘I want to get back as soon as we can, but that’s got to be when it’s safe. We’re not a show that is similar to the soaps where there’s a possibility of bringing the actual subject of corona into the storyline, where that could make it slightly easier for them to adapt to it, whereas it’s currently not in Line Of Duty’s world.

‘To be honest with you there’s a lot we can do within the industry, but until wider society has the public health infrastructure of test, trace and isolate in place it’s going to be very hard for anyone… 

‘I just don’t think, unless wider society has got the process right, we’ll be able to work in isolation.’   

Happier times: Four weeks of the hit BBC show were shot before filming had to be stopped in March

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