Published On: Fri, Apr 30th, 2021

Alison Hammond confirms H WILL be revealed during Sunday’s Line Of Duty final

It’s the question that has been haunting Line Of Duty fans, and Ted Hastings, for several series – who is the remaining fourth man?

And Alison Hammond confirmed their identity will finally be revealed during Sunday’s finale as she announced H will be appearing on This Morning next week.

The presenter, 54, signed off from Friday’s episode of the ITV show teasing viewers that H will be ‘on the sofa’ on Monday, joking that she doesn’t mean H from Steps.

At last: Alison Hammond teased that H will finally be revealed during Sunday’s finale of Line Of Duty while signing off This Morning on Friday

After running through Monday’s line-up, Alison told viewers: ‘After Line Of Duty’s Sunday night show we’re going to have H on the sofa – and it’s not H from Steps.’

Her co-host Dermot O’Leary, 47, could not contain his excitement as he leant back and squealed at the exciting news.

There are still several potential characters who could be H including DCS Patricia Carmichael (Anna Maxwell Martin), DCC Andrea Wise (Elizabeth Rider) or even newcomer Marcus Thurwell (James Nesbitt) despite him allegedly dying in a raid.

And even AC-12’s own Superintendant Ted Hastings (Adrian Dunbar) and DS Kate Fleming (Vicky McClure) have been tipped as potential contenders.

Who is it? There are several potential characters who could be the fourth man, with  AC-12's own Ted Hastings (Adrian Dunbar) and Kate Fleming (Vicky McClure) both previously being tipped as contenders [pictured with Steve Arnott (Martin Compston) right]

Who is it? There are several potential characters who could be the fourth man, with  AC-12’s own Ted Hastings (Adrian Dunbar) and Kate Fleming (Vicky McClure) both previously being tipped as contenders [pictured with Steve Arnott (Martin Compston) right]

Alison’s update comes after Phillip Schofield nearly let the spoiler slip as he discussed Sunday’s highly-anticipated finale on This Morning on Tuesday.

The host, 59, said he had to ‘tread carefully’ as he announced that he and Holly Willoughby, 40, would be interviewing a ‘very exciting guest’ next Monday, after the final episode has aired. 

Phillip kept the identity of the star shrouded in mystery, with Holly saying she was relieved it was Phil telling viewers the news and not her, over fear she would reveal a major spoiler.  

Phil said: ‘The country is gripped by Line Of Duty we have and all I’m allowed to say is on Monday’s show a very exciting guest, pertaining to that show, on Monday.’ 

Super fan Dermot? Alison's co-host could not contain his excitement as he leant back and squealed at the exciting news that H would finally be unmasked

Super fan Dermot? Alison’s co-host could not contain his excitement as he leant back and squealed at the exciting news that H would finally be unmasked

Trust no one: Others who could still turn out to be bent coppers include DCI Jo Davidson (Kelly Macdonald), DCI Ian Buckells (Nigel Boyle) and even DS Chris Lomax (Perry Fitzpatrick)

Trust no one: Others who could still turn out to be bent coppers include DCI Jo Davidson (Kelly Macdonald), DCI Ian Buckells (Nigel Boyle) and even DS Chris Lomax (Perry Fitzpatrick)

'Treading carefully': Phillip Schofield nearly let a Line Of Duty spoiler slip as they discussed Sunday's highly-anticipated finale on This Morning on Tuesday

‘Treading carefully’: Phillip Schofield nearly let a Line Of Duty spoiler slip as they discussed Sunday’s highly-anticipated finale on This Morning on Tuesday

Holly chipped in: ‘I’m glad you’re saying this and not me because I definitely would have messed that up.’

Phil replied: ‘I’m treading the line of what we were told we were allowed to say this morning and I think I’ve gone right down the middle of it.’ 

Showing off her wit, Holly told him: ‘Treading the Line Of Duty would be the thing to say.’

To which Phil laughed and said: ‘That’s exactly what it is. But we do have an exciting guest on Monday.  

A dramatic trailer for the final episode of Line Of Duty released on Monday left fans wondering if the gripping police thriller will return.

Who is H? Line Of Duty will be back on Sunday night and fans are eager to find out whether AC-12 will finally crack the case on the elusive H

Who is H? Line Of Duty will be back on Sunday night and fans are eager to find out whether AC-12 will finally crack the case on the elusive H

Mysterious: The host, 59, said he had to 'tread carefully' as he announced they would be interviewing a 'very exciting guest' next Monday (pictured Jo Davidson)

Mysterious: The host, 59, said he had to ‘tread carefully’ as he announced they would be interviewing a ‘very exciting guest’ next Monday (pictured Jo Davidson)

It has been five years since anti-corruption police in the AC-12 unit began to hunt a mysterious bent top copper known as H. 

The 30-second trailer seemed to indicate viewers will at last learn the identity of H as the sixth series of the BBC1 show draws to a close on Sunday.

The trailer had an element of finality, prompting fans to speculate it could be the end of Line Of Duty.

Superintendent Ted Hastings, played by Adrian Dunbar, says: ‘All of these suspicious deaths were orchestrated by one officer in particular – H, the fourth man.’

The future of the hugely popular drama has been unclear for some time, with the BBC and show creator Jed Mercurio failing to confirm another season.

Speaking about more possible series, Mercurio told Radio Times earlier this year: ‘We don’t know. Since probably season four, we’ve been talking to the BBC about the realistic longevity of the series. It’s an ongoing discussion is all I can say.’

Line Of Duty continues on BBC One at 9pm.  

AC-12: The trailer starts off with Superintendent Ted Hastings (Adrian Dunbar), state: 'All of these suspicious deaths were orchestrated by one officer in particular, H. The fourth man'

AC-12: The trailer starts off with Superintendent Ted Hastings (Adrian Dunbar), state: ‘All of these suspicious deaths were orchestrated by one officer in particular, H. The fourth man’

LINE OF DUTY: WHO IS THE FOURTH ‘H’?

Line Of Duty creator Jed Mercurio excited fans when he shared the first clue about the plot of season six to Twitter.

Uploading a snap of a packet of the Australian chocolate biscuits TimTams with the caption ‘#LineofDuty Series 6 Plot Clue No. 1’, fans began to ferociously speculate as to what it might mean.

But one plot point hanging over the next season of the show is about the identity of the ominous ‘H’.

While the mystery was somewhat answered in the season five finale, it was also revealed that there are FOUR people pertaining to be ‘H’, with the final one still unknown.

So who could it be?

Patricia Carmichael (Anna Maxwell Martin)

Patricia Carmichael (Anna Maxwell Martin)

Patricia Carmichael (Anna Maxwell Martin)

She was one of season five’s stand-out characters, swooping in towards the end of the series to interrogate Ted Hastings – highly suspected to be ‘H’ at the time.

And while she simply seemed to be excellent at her job – and hellbent on uncovering the corruption within the department – could it be that Patricia Carmichael was SO keen to pin the blame on Ted to take the focus away from herself.

Could SHE be the fourth ‘H’?

Her position of power and respect, along with her unnaturally steely and cut-throat demeanor, could well point to this.

Ted Hastings (Adrian Dunbar)

Ted Hastings (Adrian Dunbar)

Ted Hastings (Adrian Dunbar)

Ted Hastings was pinpointed by viewers of the show, as well as the characters on the show, to be a candidate for ‘H’.

But it seemed he was exonerated by the end of season five, allowed to walk free.

But could be potentially be triple-crossing us all? Could he in fact STILL be the potential fourth ‘H’.

The biggest issue with this theory is that Gill Biggeloe – one of the three revealed to be ‘H’ – was so against him. Surely she wouldn’t be working to deter him if they were in league?

UNLESS, she doesn’t KNOW he is the fourth ‘H’?

DCC Andrea Wise (Elizabeth Rider)

DCC Andrea Wise (Elizabeth Rider)

DCC Andrea Wise (Elizabeth Rider)

Detective Chief Constable Andrea Wise was new to the show in season five and is another high-powered contender for ‘H’.

She has been constantly interfering when it has come to supporting AC-12’s investigations, removing them from the investigation into Operation Pear Tree. She also instigated the Ted Hastings investigation.

She is also keen to cover up police corruption, despite announcing at the end of season five: ‘This constabulary will work tirelessly to root out rotten apples in its ranks.’

PCC Rohan Sindwhani (Ace Bhatti)

PCC Rohan Sindwhani (Ace Bhatti)

PCC Rohan Sindwhani (Ace Bhatti)

Police and Crime Commissioner Rohan Sindwhani demanded to be ‘in on’ a meeting between Andrea Wise and Ted Hastings. This might be a small clue but any clue could be valid at this point.

Any shady behavior suggests ‘H’ is at play, and so Rohan could indeed be culpable.

 

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