Line of Duty: Hastings says ‘I’m the epitome of an old battle’
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BBC’s Line of Duty is back tonight, and with so many more questions to answer, theories are flying regarding H, and what might happen with Kate Fleming (Vicky McClure) after her meltdown at the end of last week’s episode. Superintendent Ted Hastings (Adrian Dunbar) is fronting the team to carry on unravelling corrupt officers within the force, but the actor has admitted that Vicky “drives him mad”.
Chatting about working together, Vicky confirmed she is usually first to read the Line of Duty scripts, adding: “It became a running joke that I would say things like, ‘Oh I’m sorry that you die!’ and start making things up!”
One time, she terrified Martin Compston, who plays Steve Arnott, when reading a scene where Martin is thrown down the stairs and they didn’t actually know the outcome at that point.
Vicky said she organises the rest of the team, too. She commented: “I love the schedules. I love working everything out with highlighters, and I’ll do it for Adi (Adrian) as well.
“I’ll do a chart for his scenes and highlight long dialogues.”
Adrian admitted he relies on Vicky to check his schedules.
Speaking on That Gaby Roslin Podast, he confessed: “She drives me absolutely mad!”
Lots of theories are making the rounds about the current series, with several references being to the very first season.
Some viewers think the new AC-12 recruit Chloe has a connection to her superior, Steve.
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Fans think Chloe could be Tony’s daughter. The former detective had two daughters with wife Jools – Natalie and Chloe.
Tony was killed off in the explosive finale of season one after he was involved in the OCG as a result of his affair with Jackie Laverty (Gina McKee) and when he realised his career in the police force was over, he asked Steve to say he was killed in the line of duty, when in fact, he killed himself by walking in front of an oncoming lorry.
As a result, Tony’s family received £107,000 in compensation and his pension for life.
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Another speculation that has cropped up is the result of a new trailer released this week.
The teaser on the show’s official Twitter account sees Ted Hastings being told to drop the search for H. His boss, DCC Wise, warns him to put the case behind him.
This and the last series has focused on finding out which corrupt police officer is using the codename ‘H’, with AC-12 always on the look out for potential people.
In the trailer, Wise tells Ted: “You were issued with a final written warning, Ted, don’t waste your last roll of the dice chasing a phantom.
“Your enquiry into H should close. This isn’t about old battles.”
But Ted doesn’t seem so likely to give up, adding: “The name’s Hastings, ma’am, I’m the epitome of an old battle.”
The account posted the clip with the caption: “The name’s Hastings…like the battle! Remember to tune in to @BBCOne at 9pm on Sunday 4th April for episode 3 of #LineOfDuty.”
Fans were quick to respond with theories of their own, with one saying: “I bet its her [Wise] why’s she so desperate to close the case? H for her.”
Another said: “I also think that she is a strong contender for H. But you cannot exclude the possibility that she is more worried about the force’s reputation.
“You have to remember she stood next to the PCC when he said there is no institutional corruption.”
Some were concerned that Ted’s iconic lines could mean something more sinister. One said: “I’m so worried about Ted using all his sayings…is this his farewell.”(sic)
Last week’s instalment also saw several fans taking to Twitter to share their ideas on what is going on with Kate – including the theory that she’s still working undercover.
One said: “I am guessing that Kate is deep undercover and only Hastings knows #LineOfDuty.”
Another echoed this view, saying: “Ted is hating on Kate too much. Is she secretly undercover/in cahoots with him without Steve’s knowledge and trying to gain Jo’s trust to blow the whole thing wide open? Face with monocle #LineofDuty.”
Line of Duty continues on BBC One at 9pm on Sundays.
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