Line of Duty’s Ted Hastings dragged into PMQs by Keir Starmer and Boris Johnson

Prime Minster’s Questions often comes with unexpected and sometimes quite surprising mentions, but in Wednesday’s session, Labour leader Keir Starmer and Prime Minister Boris Johnson happened to name drop Line of Duty’s Ted Hastings during a fairly heated conversation.

Many viewers were left confused but also quite entertained by the evident name drop in Keir's and Boris' conversation.

While addressing MPs on Wednesday Keir Starmer declared the "Greensill scandal is just the tip of the iceberg" concerning the Tory Government – along with the "dodgy contracts, privileged access, and jobs for mates".

The Labour Party leader added that the Prime Minister’s inquiry into David Cameron’s lobbying activities for former financial firm Greensill Capital may not discover "very much at all".

When probing Boris Johnson for answers on this, Keir seemed to mention characters from popular BBC police drama Line of Duty.

Keir said: "The more I listen to the Prime Minister the more I think that Ted Hastings and AC-12 are needed to get to the bottom of this one."

Picking up on Keir’s reference Boris replied: "That's why we’re putting in an independent review, that’s why we have tougher laws on lobbying… yes we are getting on with rooting out bent coppers."

Fans on Twitter couldn’t help but see the funny side to it all and shared their views of the confusing situation on the social media platform.

One Twitter user wrote: "Boris Johnsom and Keir Starmer have gone Line of Duty crazy in PMQs, seeing who can outdo who in references to the show."

"Both Keir and Johnson shoe-horn embarrassing references to Line of Duty during PMQs and I am reminded of Cameron’s passion for Aston Ham," another Twitter user said.

While a third chimed: "OK, I think I need to start watching Line of Duty now… [laughing face emoji]."

Since it began in 2012, crime thriller Line of Duty has had viewers around the country hooked.

Recently, BAFTA award-winning actress Anna Maxwell Martin confirmed that she is back as Detective Chief Superintendent Patricia Carmichael in the next episode of Line of Duty, which will air on Sunday, April 18 at 9pm.

In a statement, Anna said: "Pat's back.

"I can't remember what she's doing there, nor would I be allowed to blab, but suffice to say she's got some new clobber and she's ready to bust some balls."

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