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9.6 million tune in for return of BBC ‘crown jewel’ Line of Duty

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round 9.6 million men and women tuned in on Sunday evening to view the return of Line of Duty — a record viewers for a start episode of the strike BBC criminal offense drama.

At its peak 9.8 million were watching the demonstrate centred on a police anti-corruption unit. That compares with the initially episode of the very last collection which pulled in an ordinary audience of 7.8 million and was getting viewed by far more than nine million at the conclude of episode six.

The new sequence sees demonstrate stalwart DI Kate Fleming, played by Vicky McClure, quit the anti-corruption crew at AC-12 to be part of a murder squad led by DCI Joanne Davidson (Kelly Macdonald), who is coming underneath suspicion from her aged colleagues.

BBC bosses will be delighted with the accomplishment of the considerably hyped display but its viewers is dwarfed by the 12.4 million who viewed Meghan and Harry’s job interview with Oprah Winfrey on ITV — the most viewed exhibit of the yr so significantly.

Line of Responsibility, which also stars Martin Compston and Adrian Dunbar as anti-corruption officers, is regarded as one of the BBC’s jewels in the crown — so a lot so that just last 7 days director-general Tim Davie provided a trailer for the new sequence in his speech to workers about the potential of the company.

The sequence started off its daily life on BBC Two in 2012 and was that channel’s finest-undertaking drama in a ten years with 4.1 million viewers for its initial collection prior to moving more than to BBC Just one and extra mainstream achievement for the fourth series — a related pattern to other large hits like Miranda and The Fantastic British Bake Off.

Last night’s opening episode of collection six experienced a lot of of the hallmarks of author Jed Mercurio with a intricate plot revolving about an armed robbery, a bewildering array of acronyms as well as a mixture of old faces from preceding sequence and new solid customers like Macdonald who joins a record of visitor stars from Daniel Mays and Keeley Hawes to Thandie Newton.

In advance of the show’s return, Mercurio warned even its principal figures could be killed off at any time. Questioned if the leading roles would continue to be, he reported: “Nobody is safe.”

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