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Line of Duty star Adrian Dunbar: ‘It’d be strange for Ted to be a baddie!’

Adrian Dunbar as Ted Hastings in Line of Duty
Adrian Dunbar as Ted Hastings in Line of Duty (Image credit: BBC/World Productions)

Adrian Dunbar on why the pressure is piling up for Hastings in Line of Duty - contains spoilers!

Could Superintendent Ted Hastings, played by Adrian Dunbar, really be a bent copper? After last week’s jaw-dropping episode of BBC1 thriller Line of Duty, which saw the demise of undercover officer John Corbett (Stephen Graham), expect plenty more shocks as the hunt for elusive corrupt officer ‘H’ steps up a gear.

TV & Satellite Week interrogated Adrian Dunbar to find out more about what Hastings is up to in Line of Duty…

TV & Satellite Week: Hastings has been acting suspiciously in this series of Line of Duty, could he really be ‘H’?

Adrian Dunbar: “You know you are not going to get anything out of me! But I can say Ted is under suspicion and his background is still being explored because he’s got a difficult personal life.”

TVSW: Will we get to the truth about him?

AD: “Well we have to clear up one way or another if Hastings is tactically or completely involved. Police work is a vocation to him, but he is struggling to be good. But it’d be strange for Ted to turn out to be a baddie don't you think?!”

Martin Compston, Adrian Dunbar and Vicky McClure in Line of Duty

Martin Compston, Adrian Dunbar and Vicky McClure in Line of Duty (Image credit: ITV)

TVSW: Did you know from the start how things were going to pan out in this run?

AD: “No, the writer Jed Mercurio doesn't give us any idea. Certainly with the last episode he’s always fluid where that’s going to go. Initially we get two or three scripts and the first thing you do is check you’re not dead! But it’s great because then you’re not making decisions based on how things will end because you don’t know. So everything’s very immediate and it keeps it alive.”

[Anna Maxwell Martin joins the show for the final two episodes]

TVSW: Do you still get a great reaction from viewers?

AD: “Oh we get so much good feedback from the public. They always say, ‘Don’t tell us anything!’ They like to watch it live and they like knowing that everybody else is watching it at the same time. There’s so much to digest at the end of every episode with all the twists, the excitement is in trying to guess where it is going to go.”

TVSW: Are the police still fans too?

AD: “Yes I get a lot of  warmth and recognition from police, which is nice because you need the police on your side sometimes! I was in London the other day and these cops came flying down the hill and they stopped and rolled the window down and went, ‘Wahey!’ I went, ‘Alright lads, carry on.’”

Line of Duty continues on Sunday on BBC1 at 9pm

Caren has been a journalist specializing in TV for almost two decades and is a Senior Features Writer for TV Times, TV & Satellite Week and What’s On TV magazines and she also writes for What to Watch.


Over the years, she has spent many a day in a muddy field or an on-set catering bus chatting to numerous stars on location including the likes of Olivia Colman, David Tennant, Suranne Jones, Jamie Dornan, Dame Judi Dench and Sir Derek Jacobi as well as Hollywood actors such as Glenn Close and Kiefer Sutherland.


Caren will happily sit down and watch any kind of telly (well, maybe not sci-fi!), but she particularly loves period dramas like Call the Midwife, Downton Abbey and The Crown and she’s also a big fan of juicy crime thrillers from Line of Duty to Poirot.


In her spare time, Caren enjoys going to the cinema and theatre or curling up with a good book.