Line Of Duty murder has real-life parallel

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 7 April 2021
Vicky McClure, Martin Compston and Adrian Dunbar

Kate Fleming, Steve Arnott and Ted Hastings

Gail Vella's murder in 'Line Of Duty' is inspired by a real-life case - the murder of investigative reporter Daphne Caruana Galizia

Gail Vella's murder in 'Line Of Duty' is inspired by a real-life case.

Fans are gripped by the current sixth series of the BBC One show – which stars Adrian Dunbar as Superindendent Ted Hastings, Martin Compston as acting DI Steve Arnott and Vicky McClure as DI Kate Fleming – and have worked out a link between the murder of journalist Vella and the real-life murder of investigative reporter Daphne Caruana Galizia.

When one fan pointed out on Twitter the similarities between Vella's murder and Galizia's murder, the show's creator Jed Mercurio wrote on microblogging site Twitter: "The Gaffer [Ted Hastings] has been complaining that none of the detectives out there had spotted this clue. He'll probably ask you to join AC-12."

Mercurio also responded to a message by Galizia's son, Matthew Caruana Galizia.

He wrote: "Your mother was incredibly courageous in her fight against corruption. I'm so sorry for your tragic loss."

It comes after Adrian vowed that the new 'Line Of Duty' series will be a "head-wreck" for the audience.

Speaking before the new series returned 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."

And Adrian is grateful for the success of the show, admitting it was a "slow burn" at first.

Speaking about the show's previous five series, he added: "It was a slow burn. The first series was great, but we didn’t know we would get a second one. Then we got a second one and halfway through that suddenly the numbers built and since then it’s just taken off – it’s big and the anticipation is massive. It’s intense."

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