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ITV Studios to distribute the sixth season of multi award-winning Line of Duty

ITV Studios to distribute the sixth season of Jed Mercurio and World Productions’ multi award-winning Line of Duty

ITV Studios is the new international home of the upcoming sixth season of the hit police drama, Line of Duty created by Jed Mercurio and produced by World Productions.

Currently in production, although paused during lockdown, Kelly McDonald (Trainspotting, Boardwalk Empire, Giri/Haji) guest stars in a new leading role as Detective Chief Inspector Joanne Davidson - a senior investigating officer on an unsolved murder, whose unconventional conduct raises suspicions at AC-12. Series leads Vicky McClure, Martin Compston and Adrian Dunbar will all return.

Jed Mercurio, Creator and Writer of Line of Duty said:

"Everyone involved in Line of Duty will be delighted that the series will be available to our many loyal fans around the world."

Ruth Berry, Managing Director, Global Distribution at ITV Studios, said:

“I’m so pleased that we can take the upcoming season of the hugely addictive and hotly anticipated Line of Duty series to market. It’s a formidable show that has grown from strength to strength and really is ‘must-see’ drama. We are thrilled to represent another Jed Mercurio and World Productions masterpiece on the global stage.”

The news comes hot on the heels of ITV Studios’ announcement of a raft of international second window sales for another series created by Jed Mercurio and produced by World Productions, the Golden Globe® and BAFTA® award-winning Bodyguard. ITV Studios is also in pre-sale talks with a number of buyers for the up-coming, adrenaline-fuelled new thriller, Vigil, starring Surrane Jones (Gentleman Jack, Doctor Foster) Rose Leslie (Game of Thrones, The Good Fight) and Shaun Evans (Endeavour, Whitechapel).

Line of Duty is the winner of 12 prestigious awards including Best Drama Series from the  Royal Television Society and Broadcasting Press Guild Award, and has been nominated for a further 32. It has been named as one of the Top 50 BBC Two shows of all-time and one of the 80 best BBC shows of all time.*

The sixth instalment of the hit thriller is set a year and a half on from the events of series five, and will feature a brand new case for AC-12, focused on an enigmatic Detective Chief Inspector (Kelly McDonald).

Also joining Line Of Duty for the first time this season are Shalom Brune-Franklin (Our Girl, Cursed), Perry Fitzpatrick (This Is England, I Am Nicola), Andi Osho (Kiri, Curfew) and Prasanna Puwanarajah (Doctor Foster, Patrick Melrose).

Line Of Duty is written and created by Jed Mercurio, and made for BBC One by World Productions. The new series will be directed by Daniel Nettheim (Broadchurch, Doctor Who), Gareth Bryn (Hinterland, Last Tango In Halifax), and Jennie Darnell (Bodyguard, Hetty Feather), and the producer is Ken Horn (The Moorside, Line of Duty series five). Executive producers are Jed Mercurio, Simon Heath for World Productions, and Tommy Bulfin for BBC One.

*Source: The Daily Telegraph https://www.telegraph.co.uk/tv/0/best-tv-shows-100-greatest-british-drama-comedy-documentaries/

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