Line Of Duty Season 5: What We Know So Far...

4 October 2018, 15:30

Get the latest details on the fifth helping of the hit police drama.

Last year we were given the news that Line Of Duty had been commissioned for another two series, which meant those obsessed with the police drama still had many more nail-biting moments to come.

Since then, we've been treated to a 15-second teaser trailer, and even been given a first look at new cast members.

Watch it above, courtesy of BBC One.

As we wait with baited breath to see just what AC-12 will have to tackle next, here's what we know about Series 5 so far...

Has it been written?

Yes, the storyline is very much in the bag with Martin Compston - who plays Steve Arnott - calling it: "IMMENSE".

Though the plot is under wraps, writer Jed Mecurio told the BBC: "I want to look at the personal lives of all the regulars in series five."

He added: "They've taken a backseat in [series four] to Roz Huntley, so it would be good to explore that side of things a bit more. The regulars are definitely up for doing more."

If the new teaser clip is anything to go by, this series will delve into yet more corruption within AC-12.

When will it start filming?

Filming has already kicked off, with the writer of the hit drama takiing to Twitter to share a photo with the news and his excitement at "getting the gang back together".

When will it air on TV?

Unfortunately, it won't actually return to our screens until 2019.

Are the main stars returning?

It was looking a little ropey at one point last series but, as the new trailer shows, Compston will be definitely be back in season 5 joined by Vicky McClure, who plays Kate Fleming and Adrian Dumbar, who plays Superintendent Ted Hastings.

Oh and remember Maneet Bindra (played by Maya Sondhi) who leaked AC-12 files? Mercurio told Digital Spy: "I think that we have to address [Maneet's fate] in the future. Quite how we'll do that remains to be seen."

Can we expect any new characters?

Yes. As with every series of Line Of Duty so far, the hit series always sees at least one new character emerge.

After much speculation the BBC confirmed that Stephen Graham was set to appear in the series, and gave us a first look at his character in the role of Balaclava Man.

His fellow cast mate and old friend Compston took to Instagram shortly after to gush about Graham, writing: "This series could be the most excited I’ve been yet. A great friend and a huge inspiration to me as an actor, officially @StephenGraham73 welcome to Line of Duty!!"

It was previously reported that Graham was set to take over in the lead role, which was played by Thandie Newton in season 4.

Stephen Graham in 2011
Stephen Graham in 2011. Picture: Tim Whitby/Getty Images

A source told The Sun's Bizarre TV column: "It's a huge coup for Stephen, even as someone with his long CV.

"Not only is Line of Duty one of the hottest dramas on TV but he's also following in the footsteps of a long line of high-profile signings, including Keeley Hawes and Daniel Mays.

"Producers are also thrilled to have him on board and have a very exciting story lined-up."Just as he did in Little Boy Blue recently, he's sure to have viewers glued to their edge of their seats."