BBC drama series Line of Duty, is to move to BBC One for its fourth series next year, while the corporation confirm there will also be a fifth series.
“Line of Duty is original, bold, gripping drama that gets the nation talking and the time is right to bring the series to an even broader audience on BBC One. Jed Mecurio’s explosive thriller will find a new home on BBC One for two more series and create room for new drama to flourish on BBC Two. Thanks to Jed, Simon Heath’s World Productions, and Stephen Wright at the BBC for producing the record-breaking show.” – Charlotte Moore, BBC Controller of TV Channels and iPlayer
The award-winning series, written and created by Jed Mercurio and produced by World Productions, has been a huge success on BBC Two since launching in 2012. It’s played an important part in the incredible resurgence of drama on the channel over the last few years.
“We’ve been overwhelmed by the extremely flattering response to series three. Much of the credit should go to our brilliant cast and crew and to Simon Heath and Priscilla Parish at World Productions. We’re deeply grateful for the unstinting support we receive from Charlotte Moore, Stephen Wright and the whole BBC team. It’s an immense privilege to be able to reward Line Of Duty fans with two more series on BBC One.” – Jed Mercurio
This third series is the highest-rating BBC Two drama series ever since current measuring system began in 2002, with a series consolidated average of 5.1 million. The exhilarating 90-minute finale consolidated at 5.6 million.
“It has been a privilege to be associated with this show and Jed Mercurio’s bold and brilliant writing. Credit goes to the cast, production teams and colleagues in the BBC who have worked on all three series. I am delighted that we have the opportunity to continue to thrill and provoke audiences.’’ – Stephen Wright, BBC Executive Producer