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Line of Duty creator admits clue in series one hinted that Buckells was ‘H’

Line of Duty fans were frantically trying to figure out who the mysterious ‘H’ was before he was finally revealed on Sunday night.

The gripping finale of the sixth series of the BBC cop drama drew in huge crowds as 12.8 million tuned in to discover who the mastermind criminal was.

And in underwhelming fashion, ‘The Fourth Man’ was unveiled as DCI Ian Buckells, much to the surprise of most viewers.

However, the show’s creator Jed Mercurio has admitted that there were actually clues throughout the hit drama leading as far back as the very first series.

Most fans pointed the suspicious finger at the likes of the main characters Kate, Steve and Ted.

Fans were shocked when Buckells was revealed to be H on Sunday

But Jed told the Obsessed with… Line of Duty podcast that a clue was placed in the first series and no one picked up on it.

The clue was simply that Buckells allowed the caddy to talk to Tummy Hunter in the back of a van alone which identified him as being dodgy.

Jed also poured cold water on the claim that AC-12 member Chloe Bishop could be the daughter of bent copper Tony Gates from series one.

The podcast’s host Craig Parkinson said: “If I hear the theory once more that Chloe is Lennie James’ Tony Gates’ daughter, I’m going to have a hissy fit.”

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Jed Mercurio revealed the earlier hints that Buckells was H

The show’s finale drew wide criticism for an expectant audience who wanted the series to go off with a bang.

But the actor who played Buckells, Nigel Boyle, has compared the bombshell moment he was outed in Sunday’s finale to one of cinema’s most iconic moments.

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The actor said he went “all Keyser Soze” – a reference to 1995 classic, The Usual Suspects.

And fans of the show have quickly jumped to the conclusion that the “blundering” character was actually based on Boris Johnson.

Jed Mercurio has been a vocal critic of Boris Johnson and the the Conservative government. Fans believe that there were references in the finale that pointed towards him basing Buckells on the prime minister.

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