Line Of Duty: BBC website accidentally posts MAJOR spoiler involving a new character and a key plot twist… before swiftly removing the error
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A major Line Of Duty spoiler was leaked on Tuesday night by one of the BBC’s websites.
BBC Maestro inadvertently uploaded a post revealing a brand new character and a key plot twist, which is thought to transpire in the forthcoming next episode of the current sixth season.
The website – which is a hub for budding screenwriters – shared a photo of the new character on a database.
Slip! A major Line Of Duty spoiler was leaked on Tuesday night by one of the BBC’s websites
AC-12’s Det Insp Steve Arnott, played by Martin Compston, was seen scrutinizing the image.
A scene featuring the character was even shown, before it was removed.
The Sun contacted creator and writer of Line Of Duty Jed Mercurio, who told them: ‘The outstanding detective work of eagle-eyed Line Of Duty fans has been awarded a glowing commendation from the gaffer himself, Supt Ted Hastings. Their call-up papers for AC-12 are in the post!’
This jovial response to the incident suggests the leak was nothing too drastic.
Error: BBC Maestro inadvertently uploaded a post revealing a brand new character and a key plot twist, which is thought to transpire in the forthcoming next episode of the current sixth season
Upload: The website – which is a hub for budding screenwriters – shared a photo of the new character on a database [not pictured]
But a source also told The Sun: ‘This is an embarrassing and humiliating blunder. A lot of time and effort had gone into keeping the star’s role a secret.
‘Line of Duty goes to a lot of trouble making sure nothing gets out to ruin the surprise for viewers — but the BBC has shot itself in the foot on this and broken its own embargo.’
This follows the news that another star will return to the show this weekend, in the form of series five scene-stealer DCS Patricia Carmichael.
DCS Carmichael, played by BAFTA award winner Anna Maxwell Martin, will appear from Sunday’s episode of the police show.
Fans will remember the experienced anti-corruption officer from the previous series, when she was brought in as an independent investigator from AC-3 after suspicions mounted over the integrity of Superintendent Ted Hastings (Adrian Dunbar).
One to watch: Line Of Duty’s series five scene-stealer DCS Patricia Carmichael (played by BAFTA award winner Anna Maxwell Martin) is set to return to the BBC drama on Sunday
What’s going on? DCI Jo Davidson (Kelly Macdonald) takes on an intense investigation with DI Steve Arnott (Martin Compston) on Sunday’s upcoming edition of Line Of Duty
Little is known about her return to the show, but it coincides with Superintendent Hastings’ forced retirement, suggesting she is looking to oversee the new restructure of the anti-corruption units.
Although she works in anti-corruption, there has also been speculation that DCS Carmichael could be the elusive fourth ‘H’.
While she appeared excellent at her job interrogating Superintendent Hastings last season, some fans have suggested this was merely to steer any focus away from herself.
Off he goes: In teaser images, the controversial police officer looks pensive as she gazes at her colleague, who sprints across the crime scene
Worried? At one point, the detective appears stressed as Steve radios in about a specific situation – due to be revealed on the show
Drama: The pair engage in what appears to be a heated conversation before continuing their duties
Keeping tight-lipped on any details, Anna said of her character’s return: ‘Pat’s back, I can’t remember what she’s doing there, nor would I be allowed to blab, but suffice to say she’s got some new clobber and she’s ready to bust some balls.’
This follows further news ahead of Sunday’s show – that DCI Jo Davidson (Kelly Macdonald) takes on an intense investigation with DI Steve Arnott (Martin Compston) amid the mystery surrounding her DNA match.
In teaser images, the controversial police officer looks pensive as she gazes at her colleague, who sprints across the crime scene.
In good company: The duo are also joined by DS Chris Lomax (Perry Fitzpatrick), who stands by Jo before they enter what appears to be a garage
Working hard: Steve proves there’s nothing stopping his grind as he runs to the scene
Lots on her mind: Last week’s episode left viewers gobsmacked as they scrambled to guess who her mystery blood relative is
Not what they expected? When they discover what’s inside the room, they all look shocked
At one point, the detective appears stressed as Steve radios in about a specific situation – due to be revealed on the show.
The duo are also joined by DS Chris Lomax (Perry Fitzpatrick), who stands by Jo before they enter what appears to be a garage.
Steve holds onto his gun as he guards the door and warns occupants of his intentions, before breaking into the premises.
Helping out: Constable Ryan Pilkington (Gregory Piper) joins Jo in another scene at night
Tough times: Jo seems to be having a demanding few weeks as she looks distressed alongside Ryan
LINE OF DUTY SEASON SIX: WHAT ARE THE MAIN FAN THEORIES?
Season six of Line Of Duty has left fans with more questions than answers, with viewers flocking to Twitter to question what exactly is DCI Jo Davidson is up to, whether Kate Fleming has really left AC-12 and who is H?
Here, MailOnline examines some of the most prominent fan theories
Kate Fleming HASN’T left AC-12 and is working undercover
One of the most shocking discoveries was AC-12’s Kate is now working with a new team- with some fans suggesting she could even be the infamous H.
While chatting to her new gaffer DCI Davidson, Kate said: ‘I got fed upon nicking coppers, I’d rather go after the psycho who murdered Gail [Vella].’
But despite seeming confident in her new role, some viewers were left wondering if all was at it seems and theorised that Kate could still be undercover for AC-12.
Even after she tipped off Davidson and incurred the wrath of Ted Hastings, fans have continued to speculate that she is so deep undercover that even Hastings is having to keep her true agenda secret.
Kate Fleming HASN’T left AC-12 and is working undercover: Is it true? The jury is still out on this one
DCI Jo Davidson is being blackmailed by an Organised Crime Group
Jo has already survived a grilling from AC-12’s top team and appeared to clear her name when it was ex-girlfriend PS Farida Jatri who seemed to have taken part in corruption.
However, Jo was seen hitching a ride with known bent copper Ryan Pilkington and taken to collect a burner phone, making her look suspicious once more.
Fans, however, are convinced the DCI is being blackmailed by an OCG, following her emotional outburst when she was summoned to pick up a new burner.
DCI Jo Davidson is being blackmailed by an Organised Crime Group: Is it true? After her car park outburst it seems increasingly likely
DCI Jo Davidson’s mother is Anne-Marie McGillis
Fans speculated over who Jo’s mother could be after she was seen in a photograph in the first episode.
Many theorised her mother has something to do with season five character John Corbett’s [Stephen Graham] mother Anne-Marie McGillis, who was killed by an Irish Republican paramilitary group sometime after 1989.
DCI Jo Davidson’s mother is Anne-Marie McGillis: Is it true? There simply isn’t enough evidence yet to determine on way or the other
Gail Vella is still alive
Although season six has centered around the murder of journalist Gail Vella, one obscure theory is that she is in fact still alive.
Craig Parkinson, who played Matthew ‘Dot’ Cottan in the show, said on BBC Sounds podcast Obsessed with Line of Duty: ‘Somebody is in that flat and there’s some connection with Gail Vella, the investigative journalist.
‘You don’t cast someone like Andi Osho and then just have her as little magazine prints and stick them up on a kitchen wall.’
Sarah Millican – who also appeared on the podcast – went on to suggest Vella may have been a former lover of DCI Davidson’s.
Gail Vella is still alive: Is it true? It seems unlikely that the scale of police corruption is so huge that they could fake a murder victim
DC Chloe Bishop is Tony Gates’ daughter
Bishop is one of AC-12’s newest recruits, and as Gates and his wife Jools had two daughters, Natalie and Chloe, viewers have suggested their shared first name ‘can’t be a coincidence’.
Gates’ daughter was last seen in season one in 2012, which means she’d be roughly the same age as Bishop is now.
Fans have suggested that Bishop either took her mother’s maiden name or the name of a step-father, so that her true identity remains a secret – for now.
Gates died at the end of the first season when he walked into a busy road after getting a confession from gang leader Tommy Hunter, who had been blackmailing the police officer into covering up their criminal activity.
DC Chloe Bishop is Tony Gates’ daughter: Is it true? The dates and facts line up, but there still isn’t enough to write it off as a coincidence just yet
Bent copper Ryan Pilkington is actually a honest policeman
Ryan first appeared in the show’s first season as a teenage foul-mouthed messenger for the criminal gang working with bent copper DCI Gates.
His escapades on the show have taken an even darker turn in past seasons, as he attempted to cut DS Arnott’s fingers off with bolt cutters, and also killed undercover cop DS Corbett.
However, the show creator’s Jed Mercurio teased the possibility that Ryan has ‘turned a new leaf’ and isn’t a spy in the Central Police, despite what fans may think of his criminal past.
Jed claimed: ‘Now that Ryan’s a police officer, viewers will have to wait and see if he has turned over a new leaf or if he remains a dangerous inside man for organised crime.’
Bent copper Ryan Pilkington is actually a honest policeman: Is it true? Considering the only person who seems to be spreading this is the creator, it would be a great twist
DCI Jo Davidson’s mystery blood relative is…?
After it was revealed that Jo’s DNA matched someone on the Police National Computer, fans theorized who that could be.
The overriding theories suggested that Davidson’s relative was either Tommy Hunter, of series one and two, Mike Dryden of series two, John Corbett of series five, or Derek Hilton, killed off in series four.
Tommy Hunter was the leader of the OCG in earlier series of the show, and a paedophile. His character is dead.
Mike Dryden, the former Deputy Chief Constable, was last seen resigning from his post for perverting the course of justice in series two. His Scottish links also suggest he could be related to Davidson.
John Corbett was an undercover cop in series five who had his throat slit, leaving behind a wife, two daughters, and a mysterious link to a woman, Anne-Marie, whom fans claim could also be Davidson’s mother.
Derek Hilton was a Chief Superintendent and later the Assistant Chief Constable of Central Police. He was also secretly affiliated with organised crime. He was shot in the mouth in a staged suicide in season four.
Other suggestions were Gill Biggeloe, Jackie Laverty, Lindsay Denton or Terry Boyle.
After it was revealed that Jo’s DNA matched someone on the Police National Computer, fans theorized who that could be. Scottish Mike Dryden was last seen resigning from his post for perverting the course of justice in series two
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