The BBC have now confirmed that the new series of Line of Duty will start at 9pm on Sunday 21st March on BBC One.
The new series was recently extended to run for seven episodes, instead of six, making it the longest series of Line of Duty to date and it will air weekly, rather than dropped as a boxset on BBC iPlayer.
Following a break for Covid, the sixth instalment of Jed Mercurio’s hit crime thriller resumed filming at the end of August and wrapped in Northern Ireland last November.
We know that the new series will feature a brand new case for AC-12, this time investigating Detective Chief Inspector Joanne Davidson, played by Kelly Macdonald, the senior investigating officer on an unsolved murder case whose unconventional conduct attracts the attention of AC-12.
Series regulars Martin Compston, Adrian Dunbar and Vicky McClure will all return, alongside Line of Duty newcomers Perry Fitzpatrick, Andi Osho and Prasanna Puwanarajah.
And it was recently revealed that new cast member Shalom Brune-Franklin will take a leading role in the new series as DC Chloe Bishop who will join AC-12 to assist in their important work on a tricky upcoming case.
When filming resumed in August, Martin Compston who plays DS Steve Arnott said "It’s been a long few months and it will be a different way of working from when we stopped, but I’m delighted to be back on the case with the Line of Duty team!"
Vicky McClure who plays DI Kate Fleming said "Been sitting on these incredible scripts for some time now, so I’m really looking forward to getting back to it and seeing the Line of Duty family."
Adrian Dunbar who of course plays Supt. Ted Hastings said "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?"
And finally, Line of Duty's showrunner Jed Mercurio added "We know Line of Duty fans are desperate for Series 6 and we hope we can get it on air as soon as possible. Thanks so much for your patience in these difficult times."
Produced by World Productions, the new series is directed by Daniel Nettheim, Gareth Bryn and Jennie Darnell. The producer is Ken Horn and executive producers are Jed Mercurio, Simon Heath for World Productions and Tommy Bulfin for the BBC.
Line of Duty returns Sunday 21st March at 9pm on BBC One