Line of Duty's Nigel Boyle says he kept 'H' identity a secret for a YEAR

LINE Of Duty's Nigel Boyle said he kept the identity of "H" a secret for a year.

Ian Buckells – played by Boyle – was revealed to be mastermind H in the finale last night.

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Nigel revealed show creator Jed Mercurio texted him during lockdown to warn him that Buckells would be a major player in the series.

Speaking on This Morning on Monday, he said: "To put it into context, we got availability checked in August 2019.So this is how long I've been sitting on this. I didn't know I was H then – Jed knew, I didn't know.

"No one else knew, of course. We were availability checked. But we didn't get the scripts then just before Christmas of 2019.

"Then we had a read through in February 2020, started shooting in March, then got locked down. So we got the first two or three eps, nothing was clear. I think I knew I was going to go and get fitted up for something, and I might go to prison. It was definitely ambiguous.

"Then we got locked down. Jed sent me a text during lockdown and he said are you free for a chat today? Fair play to Jed, he said don't worry, it's not that cool.

"But that doesn't stop me from being nervous. Why does the showrunner want to speak to me? And he phoned straight away and he said the rest of the scripts are going to be released today.

"And I want you to know you're going to be revealed as someone quite significant. And that's all he said."

Series six of the hit BBC crime drama concluded on Sunday evening with the revelation that bungling bent copper Det Supt Ian Buckells was H.

The incompetent detective had hidden in plain sight since he first appeared in series one in 2012 because no one thought the “blundering fool” capable of being a crook.

The BBC has refused to confirm or deny whether any future series have been formally commissioned, leaving dedicated fans worried they may have watched their last ever episode of the cop drama.

Meanwhile, others are furious that the series six finale could be how the show ends, and have demanded another one to make up for what they consider an "underwhelming" conclusion.

One irate viewer wrote on Twitter: "Well how underwhelming was that??!!! #LineofDutyFinale #LineOfDuty still left open for another series as there must be people higher up? But that episode just never got going."

Another tweeted: "The only way that was a good ending is if there’s another series. If there isn’t, well #LineOfDuty."

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