Line of Duty season 5 – Adrian Dunbar admits anyone could be killed off and 'go out with a bang' in new series

LINE of Duty's Adrian Dunbar has admitted anyone could be killed off and 'go out with a bang' in series five.

The new series of the hit BBC police drama will hit screens at the end of this month, with Adrian returning once again as Superintendent Ted Hastings.

Adrian, 60, has played the role since the show began in 2012, but he knows that doesn't mean he isn't disposable, and that writer Jed Mercurio could write him out at any moment.

Speaking to the Radio Times, Adrian said: "People often think we must know in advance – from Jed or our agents – how many episodes we’ve been booked for in the next series. But you don’t really know."

The actor used former co-star Jason Watkins as an example, after his character was killed off quite quickly in series four.

He said: "You open the first script not knowing if it’s going to be “Jason Watkins Time”!

"And, I’ll tell you, the more you have to do in early episodes, the more fearful you are that it’s building up to you going out with a bang.”

On Monday, the premiere date for series five was confirmed by the BBC as Sunday, March 31.

Adrian will be joined once again by co-stars Vicky McClure and Martin Compston, while Stephen Graham joins as a baddie who becomes a person of interest to AC-12.

Series five will shift its focus from a single corrupt police officer to an "organised crime group", with writer Jed – the man also behind hit drama Bodyguard, teasing details earlier this year.

He said: "That is the fresh ground that we break in the series.

"We've had these shadowy figures, 'the Balaclava Men', who are part of an organised crime group and have featured on and off all through the previous four seasons.

"But we've never really gone behind the mask and identified them as proper characters and found out about them."

Line of Duty returns on Sunday, March 31 at 9pm on BBC One.

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