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Many fans had hoped to meet the character when his name first appeared while AC-12 was investigating connections he had had to the murder of journalist Gail Vella with a case Thurwell brought off the screen many years earlier.
However, it was confirmed that Thurwell was dead in the penultimate episode of series six, before James had a chance to play the role.
Ara a an interview with Den Of Geek, Jed admitted that he hired James to put on the pictures as a way to fool the audience during the chase of the “fourth man”, also known as “H”.
He said, “The first conversation I had with Jimmy is, ‘The goal is for you to be between your teeth and misdirected.’
“We thought that if this image is just someone who is a random guy in Belfast, then the audience will not invest as much as they would if they were a big star. They will think, of course, that this means that it is H and that it will arrive with all the weapons on fire ”.
Jed continued: “Again, it was another misdirection, based on the fact that the intention of season six was that it would be more of a mystery than a danger.
“The public investment focused on the H puzzle and I didn’t know who it was, rather like a closed-circle mystery, a story of rural house detectives, revealing who the person is in a way that surprised and I would say it would be the most unexpected and subversive. ”
“H” was finally unmasked as DSU Ian Buckells in the series six finale, which turned out to be divisive among fans.
There were some, too several clues from the series that pointed to Buckells ’real identity all the time.
Despite the mixed reception by the end of series six, it has become the UK’s most-watched episode of a drama series in the 21st century to date, after official scores proved it had an audience of 15.24 million.
That’s 80,000 higher than the previous record, set by an episode of Heartbeat on ITV in February 2000 with an audience of 15.16 million.
The entire Line Of Duty box set is available to play on the BBC iPlayer.
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