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Line of Duty’s Anna Maxwell Martin admits she STILL hasn’t watched the final episode

Line of Duty’s Anna Maxwell Martin admits she STILL hasn’t watched the final episode

She played the stern DCI Patricia Carmichael in hit drama Line of Duty

And Anna Maxwell Martin, 44, has revealed she still hasn’t even watched the final episode of the record-breaking sixth series which saw the elusive ‘H’ character unveiled. 

The actress told Grazia that she hadn’t had chance to watch the finale, which aired last month, because she has been busy filming and the television in her hotel room doesn’t work. 

Still not watched: Anna Maxwell Martin, 44, who played DCI Patricia Carmichael in Line of Duty, admitted she still hasn’t seen the hit series finale which aired last month

Discussing the final episode, which was watched by more than 15 million people, Anna said: ‘I haven’t seen it. My friends were quite mixed, some of them loved the ending because they felt it was open for new stuff. I liked that it was Nigel.

‘I’ve always thought he’s hilarious. I’ve been away filming and my TV in my hotel doesn’t work. I’ve still not talked to reception. I’m like, ‘Oh I feel bad, they’re so nice!’ 

And, despite the show’s popularity, Anna, who is mother to daughters Maggie and Nancy with her ex-husband Roger Michell, revealed she very rarely gets recognised in the street because her face is ‘rubbery’ and ‘morphs into the background’.   

Following the roaring success of Line Of Duty, Anna spoke about the widely-discussed prospect of another series, but explained she wouldn’t know it was happening until she was put on a plane to Belfast – where the series is filmed.

Concluding the series: Discussing the final episode, which was watched by more than 15million people, Anna said her friends' opinions were 'quite mixed'

Concluding the series: Discussing the final episode, which was watched by more than 15million people, Anna said her friends’ opinions were ‘quite mixed’

Possible new series? When asked about the chances of a seventh series Anna said she wasn't in the 'in-crowd' and wouldn't know about a new series until she was on the plane to Belfast to film

Possible new series? When asked about the chances of a seventh series Anna said she wasn’t in the ‘in-crowd’ and wouldn’t know about a new series until she was on the plane to Belfast to film

She said she isn’t in the ‘in-crowd’ on the show and that she would never be told about a potential comeback.   

The series writer Jed Mercurio admitted late last month it is ‘too soon’ to consider whether the show will continue, but hinted there is ‘clearly potential’ for a further plot about Owen Teale’s character, Philip Osborne.

While creator Jed, 55, is unsure if it will be the last-ever season, he confirmed it is possible he could further explore the Chief Constable (Owen, 60) in a future storyline.

When asked if series six could be considered ‘a finale, or a clearing-out of the past’ ahead of a fresh start, he replied to Den Of Geek on Thursday: ‘I’d say it’s too soon. It’s too soon to draw that conclusion. It could be either of those, or it could be something different.’

Revealing: Jed Mercurio admitted it is 'too soon' to consider whether the show will continue, but hinted there is 'clearly potential' for a further plot about Philip Osborne

Revealing: Jed Mercurio admitted it is ‘too soon’ to consider whether the show will continue, but hinted there is ‘clearly potential’ for a further plot about Philip Osborne

Referring to character Philip, he added: ‘I think that if there is more Line of Duty then clearly there’s potential there.

‘He’s someone who retains high office, who is an outright liar and has been involved in corruption in the past in terms of the Karim Ali case and the Lawrence Christopher case.’

‘Clearly there would be potential there if we wanted to explore it, but it’s too early to say whether we ever would.’

Jed also admitted he puts in additional attention to detail to his scripts nowadays because the way TV is consumed, makes it much easier for people to go back and re-watch episodes.

Curious: Jed, 55, confirmed he could possibly further explore the Chief Constable (played by Owen, 60, pictured) in a future storyline

Curious: Jed, 55, confirmed he could possibly further explore the Chief Constable (played by Owen, 60, pictured) in a future storyline 

He explained to the publication: ‘We have embraced the fact that the way that people watch TV now has changed.

‘In the past, people just had one opportunity to watch and writers like me were often discouraged from putting too much detail in because we were warned that the audience would miss it all, whereas now, the audience has the opportunity to go back – if they care, and I’m not saying that they should.

‘Some members of the audience care enough that they go back and re-watch and it gives them a new perspective, so being able to reward them for doing that is part of our responsibility on the show.’

However, Line Of Duty fans across the nation were left ‘fuming’ last month as the nail-biting series finale drew to a close and the mysterious antagonist ‘H’ was finally unmasked.

Mystery: When asked if series six could be considered 'a finale, or a clearing-out of the past' ahead of a fresh start, he replied to Den of Geek: 'I’d say it’s too soon. It’s too soon to draw that conclusion' (pictured Martin Compston as Steve Arnott and Vicky McClure as Kate Fleming)

Mystery: When asked if series six could be considered ‘a finale, or a clearing-out of the past’ ahead of a fresh start, he replied to Den of Geek: ‘I’d say it’s too soon. It’s too soon to draw that conclusion’ (pictured Martin Compston as Steve Arnott and Vicky McClure as Kate Fleming)

Promising: Referring to character Philip, he added: 'I think that if there is more Line of Duty then clearly there’s potential there'

Promising: Referring to character Philip, he added: ‘I think that if there is more Line of Duty then clearly there’s potential there’

Seasoned fans took to social media in their droves to share their frustrations as officers from the police anti-corruption unit AC-12 discovered the identity of the elusive ‘fourth man’, who had been colluding with the organised crime group (OCG), was none other than DSU Ian Buckells (Nigel Boyle).

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It saw the words ‘fuming’, ‘disappointing’ and ‘underwhelming’ all trend on social media in the aftermath of the show.

And the disbelief it could be him was compounded by the way he was only caught because of his repeated mis-spelling of the word ‘definitely’ – hardly the blunder of a hardened criminal mastermind.

The detective – widely thought until Sunday to have been just a bungling stooge – was first introduced to viewers in series one as the SIO in the case of murdered businesswoman Jackie Laverty by then Chief Superintendent Derek Hilton.

Underwhelming: Line Of Duty fans across the nation were left 'fuming' earlier this month as the nail-biting series finale drew to a close and the mysterious antagonist 'H' was finally unmasked

Underwhelming: Line Of Duty fans across the nation were left ‘fuming’ earlier this month as the nail-biting series finale drew to a close and the mysterious antagonist ‘H’ was finally unmasked

Really? Seasoned fans took to social media in their droves to share their frustrations as officers from the police anti-corruption unit AC-12 discovered 'H' was DSU Ian Buckells

Really? Seasoned fans took to social media in their droves to share their frustrations as officers from the police anti-corruption unit AC-12 discovered ‘H’ was DSU Ian Buckells

He later went on to become Detective Chief Inspector in series four before being promoted once more to Detective Superintendent in this final series.

While the finale tied up many unresolved storylines, there were still some gaping plot holes and storylines left unanswered.

The sixth series also saw DI Arnott finally called in for a meeting with Occupational Health, who noted that while he had not broken the law through his excessive painkiller use, he would have to surrender his firearms licence.

However, the 60-minute episode’s end failed to offer any resolution on whether the team of DI Steve Arnott, DI Kate Fleming and Superintendent Ted Hastings would return, ending on the revelation that the team has ‘never been weaker.’

The mystery surrounding the identity of ‘H’ had been up for speculation since his character was first mentioned at the end of series three, which aired in 2016, and detectives at the anti-corruption unit discovered there were four officers working within the force who had links to the underground criminal network.

BBC bosses are yet to confirm whether the show will return, despite an average of 13 millions viewers tuning in for the latest series, which faced multiple delays due to the Covid pandemic.

Detective duty: The mystery surrounding the identity of 'H' had been up for speculation since his character was first mentioned at the end of series three, which aired in 2016

Detective duty: The mystery surrounding the identity of ‘H’ had been up for speculation since his character was first mentioned at the end of series three, which aired in 2016


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