Line of Dutys Ace Bhatti says cast is banned from speaking on future of show

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Ace Bhatti has confessed the cast of Line of Duty is "not allowed" to speak on the future of the show.

In the series six finale Jed Mercurio's programme, the identity of "H", otherwise known as "The Fourth Man", was revealed as Ian Buckells, who is portrayed by Nigel Boyle.

The revelation left fans worried a seventh season wouldn't be on the cards as one person wrote on Twitter: "Someone tell me there’s a season 7?"

Now, 51 year old Ace, who plays PCC Rohan Sindwhani in the popular drama, has appeared on BBC's Morning Live to speak to hosts Janette Manrara and Gethin Jones, where he was quizzed about it.

While he originally appeared on the morning programme to speak on his upcoming role in series two of Baptiste, Janette couldn't help but ask: "You're really good friends with the creator, Jed Mercurio, do you think it's going to make a return?"

Ace couldn't help but smile as he placed a hand on his chin and remained silent as Gethin said: "Stop itching your chin because you’re trying to avoid the question."

The actor immediately defended his actions as he responded: "We're not allowed to say," while laughing. He continued: "I'm not allowed to say… I have no answer, I have no idea."

He then insisted that the secrets around the show are kept very well as "no one knew who 'H' was and none of those things."

Moving the conversation along, Ace went on to explain how "fantastic" the response to the drama has been and recalled one time when a fan tried to bribe him into revealing "H"'s identity in a bar.

"The last series I was in, series five, when it was on television I was in a bar and had someone approach me and slip £20 onto the bar and slide it across and say, ‘Are you H?’

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"I was just having a drink and I went, ‘No, my name is Ace, what’s going on?'" he explained.

Ace added: "The response has been fantastic and I’m so glad people love that show."

Line of Duty has taken the UK by storm as latest official figures from May showed that a massive 15.24million viewers watched the last episode of series six, boosting it ahead of the previous record-holding 2000 episode of Heartbeat which attracted 15.16 million viewers.

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Still just ahead of the police drama for viewers is A Touch of Frost, which drew in 15.83 million viewers for one episode in 1999.

The Line of Duty figures were made up of people who tuned in to the May 2 series finale as it aired, those who recorded it, and people who streamed it on BBC iPlayer over the week.

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