The latest series of Line of Duty reached its dramatic conclusion this evening. But did the finale answer the question on everyone’s lips? The question that’s gripped the nation and haunted AC-12 more than any other was the fourth member behind the covert network of police officers colluding with the OCG – organised crime group. And when Jed Mercurio revealed H to be DS Ian Buckells (played by Nigel Boyle) they were less than impressed.
Fan-favourites Superintendent Ted Hastings (Adrian Dunbar), DS Kate Fleming (Vicky McClure) and DI Steve Arnott (Martin Compston) finally solved the several season’s long mystery of H this evening when they finally connected Buckells bad spelling to the person orchestrating the orders to corrupt police officers.
“Are you the fourth man?” Hastings asked, and Buckells replied: “No comment.”
Hastings continued: “The secret life…the big house, the fast cars, the bits on the side, is that what turned your head?”
“No comment,” the Buckells answered once again and Hastings went on: “You know, over the years we have investigated all manner of motives, but the most mundane, basest motive of them all, plain simple greed.
“You were a DC on a bent team, Thurwell’s and as you made your way up through the ranks there wasn’t anything that you wouldn’t turn your hand to as long as the price was right.
“That’s the top and bottom of it, isn’t it fella?” Hastings asked.
Buckells again frustratingly responded: “No comment.”
But once Hastings insulted the police officer, he finally told the truth: “Yes, right, I’m a blundering fool. I’m only the one who’s made total mugs out of you lot.”