Exciting times begin for Line of Duty fans as Adrian Dunbar, Vicky McClure and Martin Compston return for the hit show’s sixth series.

The explosive first episode of Line of Duty series six aired on Sunday 21st March at 9pm.

With additional episodes, the series will be showing on BBC One for seven consecutive weeks instead of the usual six — that means more mystery, more scandal and more drama for the AC-12 crew.

The BBC have kept LOD lovers in the dark, releasing no spoilers — except an announcement naming Shalom Brune-Franklin as the new detective constable, Chloe Bishop. And unlike other BBC shows including Coronation Street, Casualty and Holby City, will not include any coronavirus plotlines.

In a conversation with The Times Saturday Review, Martin Compston, who plays detective sergeant Steve Arnott, said, “I’m so glad that it isn’t part of the show. It’s consuming our lives at the moment, it’s on every news channel every day.

“It will be nice that there’s an hour on a Sunday night for seven weeks where it’s not mentioned.”

We won’t reveal any spoilers but let’s just say that if the first episode is anything to go by, series six will be full of twists, turns and betrayals. A rather turbulent relationship between detective constable Bishop and the team is hinted at — is the newbie a victim or villain?

Watch on Sundays at 9pm on BBC One. Of course, you can watch each episode as many times as you like on BBC iPlayer, too.