How Line of Duty's Kelly Macdonald forged her remarkable career

Jo Davidson got the best deal! Line of Duty viewers joke that they want witness protection after bent DCI ends up living her ‘best life’ in a ‘country cottage with a hot love interest and waggy-tailed dog’

  • Kelly Macdonald, 45, is starring as DCI Joanne Davidson in BBC’s Line of Duty
  • Bent copper was seen living her ‘best life’ in witness protection at end of series
  • Stood at front of cobbled cottage with Golden Retriever and red-head girlfriend  
  • Viewers joked: ‘We need protecting to a cobbled cottage and waggy-tailed dog’

Line of Duty viewers joked that they want witness protection after bent copper DCI Jo Davidson ended up living her ‘best life’ in a ‘country cottage with a hot love interest and waggy-tailed dog’ as the nail-biting series finale drew to a close.

Avid fans took to social media after closing scenes aired and vented their frustration that the bent copper colluding with the organised crime groups (OCGs) was actually DSI Ian Buckells.  

But despite feeling underwhelmed when the mysterious antagonist ‘H’ was finally unmasked, viewers were quick to comment on how Jo Davidson, played by Kelly Macdonald, 45, had got the ‘best deal’ with her luxury cobbled cottage, located in Wales – with many asking if it was available to rent.

After being given a luxury life in witness protection – despite the fact the intelligence she delivered was completely wrong – the corrupt cop was seen stepping out into the fresh countryside with a loyal Golden Retriever by her side, and was shortly joined by a stunning redhead.  

‘No thoughts just cottage core Jo Davidson finally living her best free life,’ wrote one person who tuned in, while a second commented: ‘Jo Davidson got the best deal. A country cottage, a love interest and best of all, a doggo.’

Line of Duty viewers joked the only part they were happy with as last night’s nail-biting series finale drew to a close was that bent copper DCI Jo Davidson got to live her ‘best life’ in a quaint countryside cottage with her adorable dog and hot girlfriend. Pictured, in Witness Protection with a Golden Retriever 

Line of Duty fans joked the bent copper is living her ‘best life’ in a quaint countryside cottage with her adorable dog and hot girlfriend (pictured, together)

Taking to social media, one person commented: ‘No thoughts just cottage core Jo Davidson finally living her best free life’ (pictured)

A third added: ‘Witness Protection going that extra mile by allocating Jo Davidson a dog, girlfriend and quaint little cottage,’ while a fourth joked: 

‘Watching last night’s episode I couldn’t help but think that entering a life of crime in order to get witness protection could afford me a luxury cottage, dog and a pretty wife. Peaks and troughs.’  

While the finale tied up many unresolved storylines, there were still some gaping plot holes left unanswered.

Perhaps the most vexing was why Buckells ordered the attempted murder of DCI Jo Davidson, when she was under the belief H was actually another dirty former police chief, DCS Patrick Fairbank.

But when it came to Davidson’s happy ending, it seems viewers were more than willing to let that one slide, with her idyllic new life a far cry away from the one Gill Biggeloe received. 

‘Still unsure how Jo Davidson got off so lightly and ended up in Kate Winslet’s cottage from The Holiday,’ commented one, while a second wrote: ‘Jo Davidson ends up with a red head, a dog and a fabulous cottage in the countryside? Talk about falling into a pile of s**t and coming out smelling like roses.’  

After being imprisoned for her own corrupt behaviour, police officer Joanne Davidson was taken away in a police van by corrupt prison guards under the ruse that she was being interviewed at Hillside Lane. Pictured, in the prison cell 

Taking to social media, one person penned: ‘Jo Davidson ends up with a red head, a dog and a fabulous cottage in the countryside? Talk about falling into a pile of s**t and coming out smelling like roses’ (pictured)

Kelly Macdonald has been praised for her for her first-rate portrayal of DCI Joanne Davidson in BBC drama Line of Duty – but it’s far from her first big role of note

A third added: ‘Jo Davidson really won here. Puppy? Foliage? Cottage?!’ while a fourth penned: ‘Aww, Jo Davidson gets a happy ending too – nice country cottage, photogenic dog and a girlfriend who looks a bit like Demelza from Poldark/Amy Pond from Doctor Who.’ 

It’s kept us on the edge of our seat for months – and thanks to her role as bent copper DCI Joanne Davidson in BBC’s Line of Duty, Kelly Macdonald is fast becoming one of the most successful names in British film and television. 

The Scottish actress fell into acting by chance at the age of 19, and despite moving largely under the radar with a collection of eclectic and impressive performances ever since, it seems her latest role in the hit BBC police drama is finally earning her the recognition she deserves. 

Gripping 11 million viewers for the grand finale last night, critics and viewers alike have been quick to praise Macdonald for her first-class portrayal of the dodgy Detective Chief Inspector, with industry insiders predicting she could soon be awarded national treasure status. 

With performances ranging from underage seductress Diane in the 90s adaptation of Irvine Welsh’s classic novel Trainspotting to Gina in the Emmy Award-winning movie The Girl in the Cafe under her belt, Macdonald is fast becoming one of the most coveted actresses in the industry. 

Pictured, Kelly Macdonald and Ewan Mcgregor as Diane Coulson and Renton in 90s adaptation of Irvine Welsh’s classic novel Trainspotting

Macdonald bagged a role in the 90s cult classic Trainspotting aged 20, after answering an open call for the part which had been advertised on flyers being handed out around Glasgow and Edinburgh. She is pictured as Diane in the 1996 film

‘She’s on her way to being a national treasure,’ former Empire editor Ian Nathan told The Times. 

‘She’s worked for directors like Danny Boyle, Martin Scorsese, the Coen brothers and Robert Altman, who all have a house style you have to fit into and keep up with. And yet she started acting almost by accident. She’s got one of the most remarkable careers of any British actor.’ 

Macdonald – whose father was a painter and decorator and her mother a garment industry sales executive who raised her from the age of nine after their divorce – had no plans to become an actor.

She bagged a role in the 90s cult classic Trainspotting at the tender age of just 19 after answering an open call for the part which had been advertised on flyers handed out around her hometown of Glasgow, which she’d spotted while working as a barmaid. 

The casting call said the makers of Shallow Grave were looking for the ‘next Patricia Arquette’ and Macdonald – who had planned to go to art school – tried out for the role of Diane Coulson without having even read the novel. 

Trainspotting was released to critical acclaim – becoming the highest grossing British film of 1996 and the fourth highest in British history at the time. 

Pictured, Macdonald in Gosford Park, a 2001 Academy Award-nominated film, as Mary Maceachran waiting on Dame Maggie Smith’s Constance, Countess of Trentham

Macdonald starred as a Victorian-era scullery maid Evangeline in 2005 fantasy comedy Nanny McPhee

Her performance as the tempestuous underage lover to Ewan McGregor’s drug-addled Renton firmly cemented her place in British film history. 

Fresh off the back of Trainspotting, Macdonald capitalised on the success by flying to New York where she met with Martin Scorsese to read for the female lead in Bringing Out the Dead. 

While she missed out on that role, Scorsese knew talent where she saw it and reached out 10 years later with the stellar script for Boardwalk Empire, where she starred as Margaret Schroeder for five seasons.   

Macdonald tried out for the role of Trinity in 1999 thriller The Matrix, but was turned down for the part having not read the script in advance.

Macdonald was nominated for a Golden Globe and awarded an Emmy for her role in The Girl in the Café – playing Gina alongside Bill Nighy as Lawrence 

Her next role of note was in Gosford Park, a 2001 Academy Award-nominated film in which she starred as Mary Maceachran – an inexperienced maid shown the ropes by head housemaid Elsie. 

The movie, written by Julian Fellowes, is set in an English country house during the 1930s and stars a host of British actors including Dame Maggie Smith, Helen Mirren, Stephen Fry and Clive Owen. 

In 2003, Macdonald married fellow Glaswegian Dougie Payne, the bassist in the rock band Travis. The couple welcomed their first son, Freddie Peter Payne, in March 2008, and their second son, Theodore William, arrived in December 2012. 

Macdonald likes to keep her private life just that – which is likely why we’ve never seen her on a reality TV show. In 2014 she told the Independent that she can’t bear reality TV, adding: ‘The people on programmes like Made in Chelsea just want to be celebrities. It’s so depressing. No proper actor has that as a goal. 

‘I’m striving for longevity in my career. I won’t be on I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here. They’d say, ‘Get out of here – you’re not a celebrity!’.’

In 2003, Macdonald married fellow Glaswegian Dougie Payne, the bassist in the rock band Travis. The couple have two children, but separated in 2017

She added that she doesn’t take herself too seriously, telling the publication: ‘I properly enjoy what I do, but I know it’s not brain surgery. I don’t take myself too seriously. There’s only one diva in our household, and he’s tiny. There’s no room for any others.’

The couple moved back to their home town of Glasgow in 2014, after living in London and New York. 

In 2017 Payne and Macdonald announced their separation; the private pair issued a statement revealing that while they would have preferred to keep the information private, they separated but remain united in parenting their two children. 

Macdonald bagged the role of West Texan housewife Carla Jean Moss in the Academy Award-winning No Country for Old Men. The 2008 Coen brothers classic once again confirmed Macdonald’s massive talents – but the actress revealed that it was her who sought out the esteemed directors ahead of casting. 

In an interview with Rotten Tomatoes in 2008 she said: ‘They didn’t know why I was being brought into a room to meet them. I just happened to be in New York, basically, and my agent got me in to meet the casting director to go on tape; they hadn’t started casting the film yet. And then from that she said, ‘I think you should meet Joel and Ethan’.

In 2012, Macdonald lent her voice to play Merida, a Scottish princess who bucks tradition by spurning her wedding match in Pixar’s first film with a Disney princess, Brave

‘So when I went to see them it was just in their office and it was very laid-back and I was obviously not from West Texas or anything they were looking for. 

‘So they were just very, like, ‘You seem very nice… But what’s going on here?’ They thought the casting director had gone a bit mad! But then I read a couple of scenes and it all made sense!’  

But it was while playing kindhearted maid Evangeline in the 2005 fantasy comedy Nanny McPhee that Macdonald truly won a place in the hearts of the British public.

She starred as a Victorian-era scullery maid alongside Emma Thompson’s magical Nanny McPhee and widowed undertaker Cedric Brown, with whom she eventually falls in love.  

Macdonald played Margaret Thompson in Boardwalk Empire – the widow of an abusive husband whose main motivation is to secure a source of income. She is pictured alongside Steve Buscemi in the show 

Upon her casting as Margaret in the HBO drama, Macdonald said she’s often called on to play a strong-willed introvert. She is pictured alongside Steve Buscemi in the show

The star joked in 2018 about her lengthy history of playing maids or housewives, insisting she ‘very rarely gets to play glamorous parts’. 

Soon afterwards she was nominated for a Golden Globe and awarded an Emmy for her role in The Girl in the Café – playing Gina, a woman who strikes up a relationship with a retired civil servant several years her senior. 

Securing her place among British acting royalty, she won a coveted role in the 2011 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 as Helena Ravenclaw.  

Delivering another stellar performance, Macdonald played Margaret Thompson in Boardwalk Empire, the widow of an abusive husband whose main motivation is to secure a source of income that can provide for her and her children. 

Upon her casting as Margaret in the HBO drama, Macdonald said she’s often called on to play a strong willed introvert, but doesn’t fear being typecast as a passive female lead.  

Line of Duty creator Jed Mercurio said the show was ‘honoured’ to have her on board while Piers Wenger described Macdonald as ‘one of the UK’s most versatile actors’

‘I think I’m a good listener’, she told the Guardian. ‘I tend to get cast as a certain type of quiet, almost introverted person who’s strong on the inside, but the characters are so very different I don’t see it as any kind of typecasting.’ 

In 2012, Macdonald lent her voice to play Merida, a Scottish princess who bucks tradition by spurning her wedding match in Pixar’s first film with a Disney princess, Brave. 

The cartoon won the Academy Award, the Golden Globe, and the BAFTA Award for Best Animated Feature Film and Macdonald said she loved the ‘energy and feistiness’ of the character. 

Another well-loved series that Macdonald featured in was Black Mirror, the British science fiction anthology series written by Charlie Brooker which has gained a huge cult following since its release on Channel 4 in 2013. 

The Scottish actress arrives at the British Academy Scotland Awards on 3 November, 2019 (pictured)

Kelly Macdonald attending Sony Pictures Classics and The Cinema Society as they host a New York Special Screening of ‘Puzzle’ in the US on  24 July 2018

Having since been picked up by Netflix, the show’s third season premiered in 2016 with Macdonald featuring in the sixth and final episode Hated in the Nation. The 89-minute episode was met with mixed reviews, but Macdonald’s stellar acting performance was highly praised.   

Macdonald had never seen an episode of Line of Duty before being cast in her latest role, but has followed in the footsteps of big name additions such as Keeley Hawes, Thandie Newton and Stephen Graham. 

‘I’m one of the newcomers actually, because I hadn’t watched Line Of Duty until I was offered the part and so I was doing a bit of bingeing,’ she said, speaking to The Sun.

‘I wasn’t going to turn up if I carried on. It was just too intimidating.’ 

Creator Jed Mercurio said the show was ‘honoured’ to have her on board, while Piers Wenger, controller of BBC Drama, described Macdonald as ‘one of the UK’s most versatile actors’. 

A ‘mugging off’, a real life hint from Buckells back in 2017 and the bad spelling… the clues that have DEFINATELY told us the identity of The Fourth Man all along 

By Ciara Farmer for Mail Online

Mugging them off

In typical Hastings style, Ted, played by Adrian Dunbar, dropped a clanger that resounded in fans’ ears when he rounded out his 12 minute interrogation of Buckells. He simply stated: ‘No-one makes mugs of AC-12’. 

This however was much more than just another bold statement from the anti-corruption chief and was in fact a nod to many clues from the past. 

In Series Four, Buckells appeared as a replacement for Thandiwe Newton’s character DCI Roz Huntley when she was removed as Operation Trapdoor head.

In Series Four in 2017, Buckells appeared as a replacement for Thandiwe Newton’s character DCI Roz Huntley when she was removed as Operation Trapdoor head.

The Fourth Man-to-be saw Vicky McClure’s DS Kate Fleming on the squad, having encountered her in his first in the first season, where he worked out that she was working undercover for the anti-corruption squad.  

When Ted learned he had clocked Kate, he covertly met with the villain to instruct him not to blow her cover – something her agreed to with clear chagrin and even refused to help further their investigation as he was ‘no grass’.   

When Kate was uncovered, he remained insistent that he did not blow her cover but also made it very clear he had nothing but dislike for AC-12. 

Ted then had a heated exchange with Buckells, who was dismissed – not before sneering: ‘You lot treat everyone like mugs. Who’s the mug now?’ 

The Fourth Man-to-be saw Vicky McClure’s DS Kate Fleming on the squad, having encountered her in his first in the furst season, where he worked out that she was working undercover for the anti-corruption squad 

Another ceramic red herring came when fans were convinced earlier this month that home decor – tying in with the mug detail – was the answer to H’s identity 

Another ceramic red herring came when fans were convinced earlier this month that home decor – tying in with the mug detail – was the answer to H’s identity.  

The theory involved John Corbett’s widow Steph, when fans noticed an intricate ‘clue’ hidden in her kitchen tiles.

Fans were convinced that the ‘H’ pattern in Steph’s tiles was a link to the man AC-12 have been hunting for the past six series. 

And while some dismissed the speculation as wild, it seems it was in fact a true illustration due to the presence of the poignant ‘mug’ line. 

The trio finally found their man – but has he been in plain sight all along? 

The biggest giveaway for Buckells turned out to be the word ‘definately’, with his repeated spelling gaffe turning fingers his way.

The mistake that DEFINATELY gave him away 

The biggest giveaway for Buckells turned out to be the word ‘definately’, with his repeated spelling gaffe turning fingers his way. 

When Ted and his team saw exchanges between the OCG and Jo Davidson featuring the word misspelt on a number of occasions, he demanded the archives were sifted through in the hunt of the mistake again.

The trawl then revealed the same error in 2019, in communications between the OCG and Lisa McQueen, in the same year in Operation Lighthouse and again in the Lawerence Christopher inquiry in 2003.

This quickly left fingers firmly pointed towards Buckells.

Oh! One fan noted the presence of the golf caddy – harking back to an earlier villain

A hole in one

Earlier in the series, viewers saw a set of golf clubs in Hillsgate police station and noted that the clubs have strong significance.

Harking back to villain Matthew ‘Dot’ Cottan and his nickname ‘The Caddy’, fans then recalled his death in series three and once Buckells’ clubs were spotted, began to close in on the villain. 

Earlier in the series, viewers saw a set of golf clubs in Hillsgate police station and noted that the clubs have strong significance.

A slip of the tongue 

Back in 2017, while promoting Series Four of the show, Nigel Boyle – the man behind Buckells – appeared to be throwing crumbs to fans in a big way. 

In an interview with Digital Spy, he seemed to allude to what fans had to wait four more years for as he said: ‘There’s definitely more to Buckells than meets the eye!’ 

Continuing his description of the ultimate villain, he went on: ‘He’s very competent, very good at what he does, he’s the go-to guy, but he’s certainly not a popular guy – he’s petulant, and a bit of a jobsworth I think… 

‘I don’t think people give him enough credit, just because of his personality!’  

Oops! Back in 2017, while promoting Series Four of the show, Nigel Boyle – the man behind Buckells – appeared to be throwing crumbs to fans in a big way (Nigel, pictured on Monday)

The pre-show hints 

When quizzed on whether viewers will learn who the illusive ‘H’ is, Martin said: ‘I wouldn’t quite go the Jo Davidson no comment route – but what I will tell you is I think there’s a lot of pay offs coming this Sunday.

‘There’s a lot of big answers and it’s deserved, people have stuck with us for a long time, so there comes a point where the story arch comes to an end.’ 

This however was much more than just another bold statement from the anti-corruption chief and was in fact a nod to many clues from the past.

The questions Line Of Duty’s finale DIDN’T answer: why did H want Jo Davidson dead? How was she able to saunter off into the sunset with her new girlfriend? And will Hastings now face prosecution?  

The finale of Line Of Duty served to wrap up the biggest question on viewers’ lips – the identity of the Fourth Man, H – but, for many watching the nail-biting final episode, there were plenty of questions that writer Jed Mercurio’s script simply didn’t answer.  

With rumours swirling that last night’s hour-long episode could be the BBC police drama’s last hurrah, millions of viewers were hoping for a crescendo that tied up all the loose ends. 

However, many were left scratching their heads over how some of the plot threads played out – including whether Superintendent Hastings would face prosecution over his revelation that John Corbett was an Undercover Officer, and why H tried to kill Jo Davidson after she’d apparently done him a favour by leading AC-12 to Chief Superintendent Patrick Fairbank – taking the heat off him, for a while at least. 

The series, which centred Hillside Lane police station’s officers solving the murder of journalist Gail Vella, saw AC-12 weakened but with the divided trio of DI Steve Arnott (Martin Compston) and DI Kate Fleming (Vicky McClure) and Superintendent Ted Hastings (Adrian Dunbar) back together again in the final moments, suggesting Mercurio has another series up his sleeve. 

Here, MailOnline looks at some of the mysteries that remain unsolved…and the questions the show did answer:

Over and out! The sixth series of Line Of Duty came to its long-awaited conclusion on Sunday night but writer Jed Mercurio didn’t tie up many of this season’s loose ends – leaving viewers hanging on for a seventh series 

Mother of God, it’s Buckells: On Sunday fans – many of whom were left underwhelmed by the finale – learned that Superintendent Buckells was the Fourth Man – aka H – after he’d liased with OCG’s to bring down officers who’d failed to do their bidding

Why did H want Jo Davidson dead after she took the heat off him?

Puzzle: Detective Superintendent Ian Buckells – revealed as the so-called ‘Fourth Man’ – in the season finale appeared to be behind Jo Davidson being whisked out of her prison cell, destined to be killed – but the plot line made little sense because she’d actually helped distract attention away from him  

Why did Buckells try orchestrate a grisly demise for Jo Davidson, whisking her to certain death in a white prison van, when she had effectively helped his cause by identifying former Chief Superintendent Patrick Fairbank (pictured) as ‘a bent copper’?

 

Stitched up: viewers watched as Jo Davidson was summoned for a ‘post charge interview’ and led to a white van – but it wasn’t clear why Buckells would want the locked up former police officer dead

Buckells is led to his cell in the epilogue of last night’s finale …but viewers were still left wondering whether he was actually the final answer to AC-12’s questions, or if there’s more corruption to be found

Ahead of learning that Tommy Hunter was both her uncle and father, an under pressure Jo Davidson first appeared to pin the blame on former Chief Superintendent Patrick Fairbank by simply confirming that her adopted dad was a ‘bent copper’ – a move that temporarily took AC-12 off the scent of Detective Superintendent Ian Buckells, revealed as H in last night’s show. 

DI Steve Arnott and hard-working DS Chloe Bishop (Shalom Brune-Franklin) then decided to speak to Fairbank – a regular face in the early series of the show – upon learning that he was part of the same team involved in the murder of Lawrence Christopher, but AC-12 failed to get any answers due to his deteriorating mental state – leaving Ted Hastings fleeing the room in frustration. 

By the series’ end, viewers were left still confused as to why Jo Davidson had tried to blame her supposed father – given that she herself was being blackmailed, making her an easy target for the organised crime group after she ended up behind bars. 

Why did H try to orchestrate a grisly demise Jo Davidson, whisking her to a certain death in a fake prison van – until Steve Arnott and Kate Fleming dramatically intervened – when she’d almost certainly already taken the heat off him for a while, and could effectively be left to rot in prison? Was it simply because she was now deemed ‘a rat’ and must be picked off? 

How did Arnott and Fleming intercept the van carrying Jo Davidson?  

The white van used to escort Jo Davidson to Buckells’ lair was driven by this police officer…but minutes later Steve Arnott was in the driving seat 


What happened in that underpass? Viewers were none the wiser but the van emerged moments later with a different driver – Steve Arnott. Right: Arnott pulls out a taser gun on the OCG that’s are trying to capture and kill Jo Davidson

And Kate Fleming hadn’t been in the back of the van…but somehow the crime-busting duo had managed to intercept the vehicle without viewers seeing them do it 

A moment of action that viewers couldn’t follow. After Jo Davidson was bustled from her prison cell into a fake white prison van – with bent coppers at the wheel, it seemed certain she was destined for an untimely end. 

However, when a tracking helicopter watched the van duck under an underpass – there was an apparent off-screen interception. 

When the car was, moments later, pincered by a pair of OCG Range Rovers on a side street, it appeared Davidson was the subject of a fake hijacking. However, from the van emerged a taser-carrying Steve Arnott, with Kate Fleming flinging open the doors of the back of the vehicle. 

Somewhere along the way, the anti-corruption duo had managed to get inside the vehicle…but there was never any hint as to how – and viewers weren’t privy to the moment.  

How was Jo Davidson allowed to start an idyllic new life? 

After the bleakest of upbringings and a police career dedicated to helping criminals, Jo Davidson appeared to have the happiest outcome – but many viewers suggested it was unlikely she’d be able to just walk away without any punishment

Jo Davidson is seen at the end of the finale walking off with her new girlfriend and their pet dog, apparently evading any further police questioning 

Destined for a prison term, or worse, death at the hands of a vengeful OCG, Davidson instead emerged free as a bird, and able to start a new life

The Witness Protection scheme certainly proved good to Jo Davidson. After AC-12 deemed that she’d spent a lifetime being coerced into helping the OCG, she was considered a bent copper against her will and her prison cell was promptly unlocked. 

The corrupt cop – who, at one point in the series lured DI Kate Fleming to a deserted car park to face a nerve-jangling shoot out with bent copper Ryan Pilkington, who subsequently killed by Fleming – is seen in the programme’s epilogue apparently living the rural dream. 

Dressed in a cosy knit, and with a Golden Retriever by her side, she’s seen walking off from the idyllic rural cottage she shares with her new flame-haired girlfriend. 

Some viewers suggested that it was too far-fetched that Davidson – played by 45-year-old actor Kelly Macdonald – would simply be allowed to start a seemingly blissful new life without facing some retribution for her decades spent actively helping criminals.      

Will Steve finally  get together with Steph, or Kate?

‘You don’t know what you’ve got til it’s gone’: Kate Fleming may have been referencing her time in AC-12 when she gazed at Steve Arnott in the pub in the closing moments of the show…but fans were left hanging as to whether the line had more romantic connotations   

Romance? Throughout the series viewers saw Steve form a close bond with John Corbett’s widow Steph, even spending the night in her bed after continuing to struggle with back pain

Throughout the series viewers saw Steve form a close bond with John Corbett’s widow Steph, even spending the night in her bed after continuing to struggle with back pain and his painkiller addiction.

But by the end of series six, he was clearly doubting whether to pursue a relationship with her, given how she lied about a vast sum of cash given to her by Hastings.

As series six concluded, it was clear that Steve and Kate had never been closer, as she described him as being ‘the best’ during a meeting with Occupational Health, and hinted she could be ready to return to AC-12.

Fans have long enjoyed the pair’s close friendship but perhaps series seven could lead to something more.

Who is the REAL leader of the OCG? 

Despite the episode revealing that that Detective Superintendent Ian Buckells was actually the so-called ‘Fourth Man,’ some viewers were quick to note that he didn’t wholly confirm whether he was the leader of the Organised Crime Group.

Really? Instead, he pinned the blame on Tommy Hunter, who was killed back in series two, leaving many viewers unconvinced by his claim

Instead, he pinned the blame on Tommy Hunter, who was killed back in series two, meaning Buckells’ claims seemed less and less likely.

So the question still remains of whether another corrupt officer or criminal is still pulling the strings in the OCG, and Buckells’ role as a middle-man means they could still be out to cause trouble for AC-12.

What will happen to AC-12?

Despite finally uncovering the identity of H through a long paper trail of corrupt officers, fans were surprised to learn the organisation’s powers had been significantly weakened.

Fleming hinted she’d be open to taking her job back alongside Arnott and Hastings, who vowed to appeal his forced retirement despite confessing to DCS Patricia Carmichael he’s revealed John Corbett’s identity as an Undercover Officer.

Steve hinted he may take a break from active duty to overcome his addiction to painkillers, despite he and Kate appearing closer than ever as she told Occupational Health that he was ‘the best.’

Despite a final shot of the AC-12 elevator showed the trio reunited as they travelled down the lift together, viewers are less hopeful on whether they’ll get to see them together again, especially as bosses have been tight-lipped on whether the show could return for a seventh series.  

So, how exactly was Steph involved?

What did she do? Aside from the mystery £50k, fans are still in the dark about whether Steph could have any further involvement in the OCG, especially given her presence in the sixth series

Who was it? Early in the finale, DC Bishop revealed that the report ordering Davidson’s transfer from her prison cell to Hillside Lane police station has been forged by an OCG, with a mystery member faking the signatures of both Kate and Lomax

Aside from the mystery £50k, fans are still in the dark about whether Steph could have any further involvement in the OCG, especially given her presence in the sixth series.

There were theories that she could have a secret Marcus Thurwell, but given her appearance in this finale stretched to little more than a voicemail, her appearance has left several unanswered questions.

Who forged Fleming’s and DS Chris Lomax’s signature – and is Lomax dodgy?

Unsolved: Given Buckells was still in prison at the time, it was unclear who was behind the plot to have Davidson killed, as she clearly knew too much about the OCG, and whether it could have been another officer who ordered her death

The discrepancies over signatures begs the question – can DS Chris Lomax be trusted too? 

Early in the finale, DC Bishop revealed that the report ordering Davidson’s transfer from her prison cell to Hillside Lane police station has been forged by an OCG, with a mystery member faking the signatures of both Kate and Lomax to gain access to her cell.

Given Buckells was still in prison at the time, it was unclear who was behind the plot to have Davidson killed, as she clearly knew too much about the OCG, and whether it could have been another officer who ordered her death. Another unanswered question but one that seems to hint that Lomax might have something to hide? And the fact that he was at Hillside Lane to receive former crime boss Tommy Hunter’s son Darren – brought in again over the murder of Lawrence Christopher – could suggest he’s not quite as spotless as he appears. 

Is Chief Constable Osborne bent?

Should we trust him? It’s possible that Chief Constable Osborne could be involved in the OCG have openly dismissed any claims of corruption on the force, even after AC-12 discovered H’s identity

For years CC Phillip Osborne has been a prime suspect in AC-12’s investigations of corruption, and it was revealed this series that he worked on the Lawrence Christopher murder case now-deceased Marcus Thurwell, and ‘H’ Buckells

In a televised conference, Osborne commended the work of his officers in locating Gail Vella’s murder, but once again dismissed any institutional police corruption as ‘an outrageous lie.’

Given he is clearly willing to dispel any credible leads AC-12 may have, it’s possible could be involved in an OCG, and may carry on doing their dirty work for years to come.

Will DCI Patricia Carmichael expose Hastings’ wrongdoing….

What will she do? She’s become one of the show’s most maligned characters, but viewers were left hoping that Carmichael had some glimmer of compassion after Hastings decided to make a confession

In doubt: Despite finally uncovering the identity of H through a long paper trail of corrupt officers, fans were surprised to learn the organisation’s powers had been significantly weakened

She’s become one of the show’s most maligned characters, but viewers were left hoping that Carmichael had some glimmer of compassion after Hastings decided to make a confession.

Clearly still a lawful man despite years working in corruption, Ted admitted that he did reveal to Lee Banks that John Corbett was working undercover in organised crime, indirectly leading to his death.

Carmichael simply asked: ‘What do you want me to do with that information?’ leading to one of Hastings’ best speeches yet, declaring: ‘Whatever you do, you do it because you carry the fire…’

As Hastings made his exit, Carmichael’s stoic expression hinted she is less keen to report him then viewers may think…

…. and will he succeed in appealing his forced retirement?

Coming clean: Clearly still a lawful man despite years working in corruption, Ted admitted that he did reveal that John Corbett was working undercover in organised crime, indirectly leading to his death

During his final meeting with Carmichal, Ted also revealed he is planning to appeal against being forced to retire from active duty, despite finally putting one of the team’s longest-serving mysteries to bed.

It was clear from the start that he wasn’t ready to step down, so it remains to be seen whether he’ll succeed in keeping his job, and AC-12, going strong to fight corruption another day.

Will there be a series seven?

It’s the question on every Line Of Duty fan’s lips following the finale, with the concluding episode ending on a somewhat cliffhanger.

BBC bosses are yet to confirm whether the show will be back for another outing, and even the show’s star Martin Compston stating this conclusion will be a ‘perfect ending.’

Fans will have to wait and see whether Line Of Duty will be back for another run, but it seems unlikely BBC will let the show go given its record-breaking viewership.

The mysteries that have finally been solved…  

Who is H? 

It’s been a question posed by die-hard and casual fans alike, after years wondering about the identity of the fourth man known as H.

On Sunday fans finally learned that Superintendent Buckells was the famous fourth man, having liased with OCG’s to bring down officers who failed to do their bidding.

Despite painting himself as a bumbling fool, the copper actually formed a secret operation with an array of ‘bent coppers’ and even blackmailed Acting Superintendent Davidson thanks to her history with the group as Tommy Hunter’s daughter.

It appeared that AC-12 had caught him red-handed, especially as Steve dealt the fatal blow by revealing he had to co-operate to make him eligible for witness protection. 

Hastings delivered the final line, declaring: ‘No one makes mugs of AC-12,’ before leaving the interview, with viewers later learning that Buckells would have to receive immunity, or none of the corruption evidence will be heard in court. 

Upsetting: In a shocking bombshell last week Acting Superintendent Davidson learned that she was both the daughter and niece of OCG member Tommy Hunter, having previously been led to believe her father was little more than a bent copper

Who was the man Jo Davidson believed was her father?

In a shocking bombshell last week Acting Superintendent Davidson learned that she was both the daughter and niece of OCG member Tommy Hunter, having previously been led to believe her father was little more than a bent copper.

But, after Davidson is rescued by AC-12 from a group of OCG members who attempt to kill her, she finally admits the man she thought was her dad was former CS Patrick Fairbank, a retired officer thrown behind bars when it was revealed he both covered up and participated in abuse at a children’s home. 

Once again, Fairbanks claims he cannot remember Davidson or her mother, insisting he doesn’t recall much of his own criminal past.

Luckily, it seems Davidson finally gets her happy ending after years under the control of the OCG, finding a new life in the countryside in Witness Protection. 

Him? But, after Davidson is rescued by AC-12 from a group of OCG members who attempt to kill her, she finally admits the man she thought was her dad was former CS Patrick Fairbank

Who killed Gail Vella?

This mystery proved to be the crutch of the whole series, as fans waited to see whether they would finally learn who killed Gail Vella.

At last fans discovered that it was Carl Banks who had shot her after weapons discovered in a strong box hidden at the OCG’s workshop, meaning suspect Terry Boyle could be released.

Luckily it appeared that Vella’s death wasn’t completely in vain, as the episode’s end also revealed that Darren Hunter was now under investiation for Lawrence Christopher’s murder, though an official inquiry was yet to be opened.

What a relief! Fans feared that Steve could be struck off for failing a drugs test due to his painkiller addiction, and by the episode’s end it appeared that he was getting help with his superior Hastings’ support

Was Steve sacked for failing his drugs test?

For several weeks viewers saw Steve attempting to ignore multiple emails from Occupational Health after submitting to a mandatory drugs test.

Arnott had been struggled with a painkiller addiction to control his searing back pain from an injury suffered back in series four when he was attacked by one of the ‘Balaclava Men.’

The series six finale saw him finally sit down with the Health team who noted that while none of the drugs he’d taken were illegal, the high levels were concerning, and stated he may need a take a break from active duty.

To no surprise Steve refused, and insisted he must continue with his investigation, though he did agree to the possibility of surrendering his firearm.

Arnott then revealed his addiction to Hastings, who later implied he’d kept quiet about Steve to keep him on active duty adding he was grateful he was ‘getting some help.’

By the series’ end, Steve hinted he may take a break from work to finally ditch the pills, but still appeared to be a fundamental part of the AC-12 team.

Revelations: Hastings also revealed that he gave £50,000 to Steph Corbett after inadvertantly causing the death of her husband John by revealing his undercover status to OCG member Lee Banks 

What happened to the £50,000 Ted gave to Steph?

After being given an envelope full of £100,000 in cash, fans had been wondering what happened to half of the money, when Steve discovered £50k in John Corbett’s widow Steph’s flat.

Probed by both Steve and Kate, who feared that the gaffer could be bent, Hastings insisted he only came clean about Corbett’s undercover status to Lee Banks, who later told Ryan Pilkington who killed him, in the hope he’d get back in contact.He then revealed he gave Steph half the money in the hope it would clear his conscience, adding: ‘If there is one thing I could take back, it would be that. What a terrible thing I did.’

Is Marcus Thurwell alive? 

Many fans were convinced that DI Marcus Thurwell could have been secretly living in Spain despite AC-12 being led to believe they’ve found his body last week.

However, this turned out to be a huge red herring, as DC Bishop confirmed in the finale that Thurwell was definitely strangled to death, and his body had acutally been left for several weeks before being discovered by Spanish police.

It was a disappointing end to a character that had been tipped for big bombshells in the series as he was played by James Nesbitt.   

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