‘Seems to be lacking!’ Adrian Dunbar in swipe at Boris for not having backbone like Ted

Adrian Dunbar: Line of Duty star critiques 'lacking' leaders

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Actor Adrian Dunbar, 62, plays the no-nonsense bastion of AC-12 Superintendent Ted Hastings in Line of Duty. Speaking at the BAFTA TV Awards 2021 this evening, he revealed why he thinks people like his character. He said: “Well, I think it’s because he’s a bit old school, I think people like to believe there is someone like Hastings in charge.

“Somebody who’s got a bit of a moral backbone, it seems to be lacking in a lot of our leaders at the moment.

“Maybe that’s one of the reasons that people respond to him as a character.”

Adrian was also quizzed about a potential seventh series of the popular BBC drama.

The actor said he was unsure whether fans will get another series, revealing the cast are “very tired”.

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“I don’t know about that, whether we will see another series,” he admitted.

“I’m sure everybody wants one, we certainly want one.

“We’re very tired and I’m getting quite old,” he added to Tom Allen on the red carpet.

Fans were left calling for another series following the end of its sixth last month.

Taking to Twitter, many claimed the unmasking of DS Ian Buckells being ‘H’ was a bit of an anticlimax.

Adrian recently said of the ending: “I think Jed [Mercurio] always gives himself a bit of leeway where the ending is never set in stone and we never get that last episode until very late in the day.

“So therefore, we really don’t know for the first three eps.

“Sometimes he doesn’t know and then right at the very end he may turn around and decide to just say to one of us, ‘Can you just look over there and look over here’.”

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He added on Good Morning Britain: “And suddenly the audience go, ‘Oh right, so there’s a cliffhanger at the end of the series’.”

Creator Jed tweeted of the backlash: “We knew a ‘down’ ending would rate less favourably with some viewers, however all 7 episodes varied by under 10 per cent on average viewer score.

“The research determines the episode ratings based on randomly polling viewers, rather than sites like imdb where scores can be skewed by users strongly motivated to register their immediate anger/adulation,” he added as part of a lengtyh thread.

Line of Duty’s Ted Hastings star attended the ceremony in London without his co-stars this evening as he takes on the role as a guest presenter.

He will be joined by the likes of Bill Bailey, Daisy May Cooper and Strictly dancer Oti Mabuse.

Comedian Richard Ayoade will be the main host of the event.

This year’s nominations include I May Destroy You, Sex Education, The Crown and Small Axe, which are up for multiple awards.

Opening the awards is singer Olly Alexander with a performance of his latest single Starstruck.

The 2021 Virgin Media British Academy Television awards air on Sunday 6th June at 7pm on BBC One.

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