Martin Compston: Line Of Duty star says fans ‘need time away’ from series after complaints

Line of Duty: Martin Compston on how he gets into character

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Line Of Duty star Martin Compston, 37, has admitted that viewers of the hit show “need time away” from the series after many took to social media to air their “disappointment” over the series finale. The actor also said he would be “heartbroken” if he never worked with the cast again, as series seven has yet to be confirmed by BBC.

I think everybody, including the audience, needs a bit of time away from it

Martin Compston

Speaking to ES Magazine, the star said that following the end of the show, it had been a “wild few days.”

“You’ve got to respect people have invested so much in this thing and everybody has a different version of their ending, but yes… it’s been a pretty wild few days,” he confessed.

Following the BBC series’ shock ending and unmasking of character ‘H’, fans took to social media to weigh in with their thoughts on the show’s ending.

Fans of the show branded the ending as “disappointing” and “underwhelming” as they shared their anguish at the long-awaited finale.

Martin also spoke of his “heartbreak” at not working with the Line Of Duty cast again if the show doesn’t return – something which has yet to be confirmed.

He said: “The idea that I would never work with all the guys again together would be heartbreaking.

“But also with everything that’s just gone on this week, I think everybody, including the audience, needs a bit of time away from it.

“So we’ll see,” he added.

While it hasn’t been officially announced, the show’s creator Jed Murcurio has hinted that there is a seventh series of the hit show in the works.

Speaking at the BFI and Radio Times Television Festival, Jed said: “Once series five has finished airing we’ll have a conversation with the BBC, with a view to whether there’s a possibility of series seven being commissioned.

“But we definitely know we’ve got series six,” he added.

Usually, Line of Duty takes a two-year hiatus before returning to screens.

The actor’s admission comes after the show’s finale pulled in a staggering 12.8 million viewers as eager fans finally got to find out who the mysterious ‘H’ was.

After unmasking DS Ian Buckells (played by Nigel Boyle), as ‘H’, the episode concluded with Superintendent Ted Hastings (Adrian Dunbar), DS Kate Fleming (Vicky McClure) and DI Steve Arnott (Martin Compston) leaving AC-12 together.

After the show finished, fans of the show took to Twitter to express their thoughts, with many admitting they were underwhelmed by the episode.

Taking to Twitter, Martin insisted he understood why people were not impressed with the ending.

In view of his 481,000 followers, the Steve Arnott star began by thanking fans for their support throughout the series.

“We’ve truly been blown away by the reaction and love for the show we’re proud of,” he wrote.

“Fully understand it wasn’t the ‘urgent exit’ type of ending some anticipated, but we appreciate you sticking with us.”

Martin concluded his post, telling fans that he, Vicky, Adrian and show creator Jed had agreed to get tattoos “if the show hit 12 million viewers.”

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