Line of Duty: Final member of H appeared in season 1 as star warns ‘be prepared’

Line of Duty: Craig Parkinson tells fans to ‘be prepared’

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Craig Parkinson, who played corrupt officer Matthew ‘Dot’ Cottan in the first three series of Line of Duty, spoke to Naga Munchetty and Charlie Stayt on BBC Breakfast to discuss the latest episode of the hit series. Craig has watched the last episode ahead of its official air date at the end of the week, and he had a warning for loyal viewers.

In a cryptic message, he said: “If you’ve been invested since season one and emotionally invested in our main trio of Kate, Steve and Ted then… yeah be prepared on Sunday. I would say be prepared.”

“Oh, that’s quite a thought,” Naga said of the mysterious warning.

Charlie added: “We’ll just leave that one hanging out there, there you go.”

Fans will now be wondering which season one character could be unveiled as the mysterious H or fourth man (or woman).

Speaking about the popularity of the series, Craig commented: “The way we consume television has changed over the years and there are some fantastic television programme that you just want to binge and that’s all and good.

“But Line of Duty has always been, since season one, appointment television and it’s slowly grown from its cult status on BBC2 and now we’re looking at consolidating viewers of 15million tops.

“And I was talking about it the other day, I think it’s a timing thing. I think the nation has needed something that we can all come together on and all sort of work on with a forensic approach, and come up with all these wild theories and it’s just perfect timing for season six.”

Naga tried to get more details from Craig about a potential season seven but was unsuccessful.

“At the moment, it’s just speculation,” she said. “What are you going to do with yourself then, after Sunday?”

Craig said he’d have to find another podcast to host, but also revealed he’d tried to grill series writer Jed Mercurio to see if there would be more future instalments.

“He kept his cards very close to his chest,” Craig admitted.

Fans are desperate for answers to questions – some of which have been circulating since the first series.


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The biggest theory-sparking mystery is the identity of “H”, the fourth corrupt officer running the OCG.

At the moment, most fans seem to have their eyes on Patricia Carmichael (played by Anna Maxwell Martin) as the main suspect.

DCS Carmichael has dropped many clues which have been picked up by viewers.

One said on Twitter: “Bloke from the office who fired David Brent said to Arnott, “look beyond the race claim” to find H. ‘Race claim’ is almost an anagram of Carmichael save for one letter…..…H.”

Another said: “Carmichael taps the pen 4 times which is Morse code for H”, while a third wrote: “Great scene. Great acting. Carmichael is H.”

One viewer weighed in to say: “i’m convinced carmichael is ‘ H’ #LineofDuty.”

But what could Craig’s warning mean? Steve Arnott (Martin Compston), Kate Fleming (Vicky McClure) and Superintendent Ted Hastings (Adrian Dunbar) have been the main team seeing viewers through the journey of AC-12 since series one.

It’s not yet known if there will be another series, but if not, could there be a permanent end to the famous three?

Line of Duty concludes on Sunday at 9pm on BBC One.

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