The Line of Duty creator has revealed he has been planning the storyline surrounding ‘H’ since the beginning of the show.
But while many fans are certain they know who ‘H’ is, Jed has hinted they may not find out their identity in season five.
When host Mark Lawson joked the number of characters who could be ‘H’ is in the twenties, Jed laughed: “There aren’t 28 – there are about six, aren’t there?”
However, he explained he had planned it so a number of characters could take on the role of the corrupt officer at any given time.
Of course I would change it
Line of Duty writer Jed Mercurio
Speaking at the BFI and Radio Times Television Festival 2019, Jed said: “Sometimes there were characters whose name could be corrupted or nicknamed into being an ‘H’ if I wanted to, so some of the characters were given names where they could have been revealed as having an ‘H’ connection if it was required.”
But, Jed noted the identity of ‘H’ could be changed in upcoming series.
“Yeah, I suppose if I had an idea later on that was even better then, yeah, of course I would change it,” he continued.
“You want it to be as good as possible and surprising and so forth.”
Going on to tease it may take some time for viewers to get answers, Jed hinted: “I think there are different degrees of resolution.
“And when you have a returning series what you’re aiming to do is to resolve certain things but create an interesting direction that comes out of that new information.
“Irrespective of whether something gets resolved or not, what you’re trying to achieve is that it gives you forward momentum into finding out something different, or re-examining the assumptions that have gone into something.
“And that’s something that we’ve done all the way through, so it’s only really when we knew we were completely finishing that we would try and achieve a greater deal of resolution than that.”
That’s not the only bombshell Jed had for fans, as he revealed the show could run for another two series.
“Once series five has finished airing we’ll have a conversation with the BBC, with a view to whether there’s a possibility to series seven being commissioned,” he commented.
“But we definitely know we’ve got series six.”
Jed noted there is “a lot of loose ends” that need to be tied up, remarking: “We couldn’t take the risk of getting it commissioned later on.
“So if we didn’t know that we could go beyond this series, then we would have to approach it in a way that concluded things.”
Unfortunately for fans, there will be quite a wait for season six: “We are not going straight into series six, we never shoot them back to back.”
It comes as bookmakers have revealed Ted Hastings (played by Adrian Dunbar) is the favourite to be revealed as the corrupt officer with odds of 11/10.
A spokesperson for Paddy Power said: “Mother of God! Could Ted Hastings actually be a bent copper?
“Our odds certainly suggest it’s a possibility – with money troubles and the ominous Kettlebell investment looming over his head.
“And if that wasn’t upsetting enough news for Line of Duty fans, he’s rated the most likely major character to be killed first, though Steve Arnott isn’t far behind him as he appears to agree a deal with the devil in the form of John Corbett.”
Line of Duty season 5 continues tonight on BBC One at 9pm.
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