Line of Duty's Adrian Dunbar 'rations' Tedisms on police drama

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 12 March 2021
Adrian Dunbar

Adrian Dunbar

'Line of Duty' star Adrian Dunbar "rations" his 'Tedisms' on the BBC One police drama

Adrian Dunbar has to "ration" his 'Tedisms' on 'Line of Duty'.

The 62-year-old actor's character Superintendent Ted Hastings has delighted fans of the BBC One police corrupted drama with his quirky catchphrases – including "Now we're sucking diesel", which means "we're getting somewhere" – but he has tried to curb the expressions to stop them being over-exposed.

As quoted by the Daily Mirror newspaper, he told the Oxford Union: "I just chuck those things in. We do Q&As in Belfast and Jed [Mercurio, show boss] asks people: ‘Is there anything you want Ted to say?’

“There is a new one this year: ‘How you wished’ which means stay quiet.

"I have to rein Jed back sometimes and say ‘I can’t just be saying this. I’ll have to cut two or three out of this scene as there are just too many of them’. So I ration them a bit."

Other gems fans look out for include the exasperated Northern Irish police officer saying "Mother of God", while "I didn't float up the Lagan in a bubble" means "I'm not stupid".

His exclamations have even sparked a drinking game for 'Line of Duty' viewers, although Adrian isn't sure he'd be able to keep up.

He added: "There are drinking games where someone drinks a pint every time you say Mother of God. That’s great, isn’t it. I would not do it anymore but when I was 22 I loved it.

“I have a mural in Belfast with ‘Floating up the Lagan in a bubble’ on it. You know you have made it when you have got a mural. It is always good when the quality is so good. Hopefully it will stay like that.”

Meanwhile, Adrian recently teased what fans can expect from the upcoming sixth series, when it returns on March 21.

He said: "18 months have passed so the landscape has completely changed. We are starting from a place that the audience will probably find a bit shocking at first.

"Things and people have been moved around so the first episode is going to be one of those ‘head-wrecks’ for the audience."

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