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Line of Duty ‘to return for seventh season’ but fans will have to wait a while for new episodes

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Line of Duty will reportedly be making a comeback for a seventh season though new episodes are ‘years away’, an insider on the show has claimed this week.

The hit BBC drama, which follows the investigations conducted into corrupt police officers by anti-corruption unit AC12, wrapped up its sixth season earlier this year; however, the majority of fans were left dismayed by the finale (spoiler: bumbling copper Ian Buckles was revealed to be ‘H’, also known as ‘the fourth man’ in a string of organised crime operations). 

Despite fans’ disappointment with the ending, however, the series finale smashed all records on the night of its release, with an average of 12.8 million people tuning in to watch. 

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And better yet, Line of Duty was watched by over 15 million people, making it the most viewed drama of the 21st Century. The series also performed handsomely at the National Television Awards in September, where it snatched up two categories, Special Recognition and Returning Drama. 

So fans will be delighted to hear that there have been talks of a seventh season with Vicky McClure, Martin Compston and Adrian Dunbar all set to reprise their lead roles. 

A show insider told The Daily Star: “Another series is happening. This is the news millions of fans have been hoping for.”

Other details, including the storylines and filming dates, are yet to be finalised, with the insider adding: “A lot of stuff still needs to be agreed and it is likely to take a while. Fans will probably have to wait a few years before it airs on TV.”

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This comes just after Martin Compston, who plays DI Steve Arnott, told the Daily Star that he wouldn’t return to the hit crime drama ‘just for the sake of it’.

He said: “People want us to come back and that’s amazing but Jed [Mercurio] will only come back and do more if he believes there is a story to tell. He won’t come back just because we’re getting bigger. He wouldn’t do another series just for the sake of it. He writes everything for a reason.”

Compston admitted that he was overwhelmed following the backlash to the season 6 finale, saying: “It’s great to see people’s reactions. But by the last episode, I was glad it was done. It was getting intense. I realised people are so invested in it.

“We started this wee show on Wednesday nights on BBC Two and now it is bigger than ever!”

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Viewers praise Paddy and Christine McGuinness after ‘eye-opening’ autism documentary

Paddy and Christine used their documentary to raise awareness of autism and to break down the stigma

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Viewers were left in tears last night following Paddy and Christine McGuinness’ debut BBC One documentary, Our Family and Autism.

Airing on Wednesday night at 9pm, the emotional documentary gave a rare insight into the home life of the McGuinness’, who are parents of three autistic children – twins Leo and Penelope, eight, and five-year-old Felicity.

For the first time, the Bolton-bornTop Gear host opened up about spiralling into depression following his children’s autism diagnosis, wherein he admitted ‘throwing myself into my work’ as he struggled to cope and come to terms with the news.   

He said: “I got that down that I had to see a therapist and he diagnosed me with clinical depression. I used to think I was the last person in the world who would have depression because I earn a few quid.

“I didn’t instantly go, ‘oh I’m depressed’ because it was a very slow process. It chipped away at me, with all of the things you have to do, things you have to deal with as a parent of children with autism.

“But it dawned on me that, that’s it, that’s it forever. There’s no ‘they’ll get better as the years go on.'”

The couple also used the documentary to visit school children and young adults with autism to find out what the future may hold for their own children, dispel dangerous myths surrounding links with autism and vaccines, and even detail Christine’s own journey after recently being diagnosed with autism herself.

Former Manchester United footballer Paul Scholes also appeared in the documentary, where he sat down with the Top Gear host to discuss his own experiences as a father of a sixteen-year-old son who is both autistic and non-verbal.

Following the release of the documentary, viewers have been taking to social media to praise both Paddy and Christine for tackling such an important topic, with many admitting the documentary ‘changing their perspective on autism’ altogether.

One person wrote: “What a beautiful, open, informative and emotive documentary currently showing on BBC discussing #autism in our children. Thank you to Paddy, family and other contributors for sharing and opening up such an important topic for conversation.”

Another commented: “Paddy thank you for sharing your family and autism. We are beginning this journey with our grandson and the program helped so much.”

Paddy and Christine McGuinness: Our Family and Autism is now available to stream on BBC iPlayer. 

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Ex-Shameless star Rebecca Ryan is joining Corrie next week

The actress will be joining her little brother on the cobbles of Weatherfield

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Coronation Street is gaining a new cast member next week in the form of Shameless star Rebecca Ryan.

Rebecca, who played the role of Debbie Gallagher in the Channel 4 series, will be joining Corrie as Lydia, a character involved in a storyline with Sarah and her husband Adam Barlow – and it turns out she has connections with Adam’s past.

And the actress won’t struggle with making friends on the set as her younger brother Jack James Ryan returned to the cobbles just last week as bad boy Jacob Hay, who was last seen on the soap in March.

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Her proud brother wrote on Instagram: “Still can’t believe this is happening but I’m beyond proud to finally announce my ridiculously talented sister @rebeccaryan___ is joining the cast of @coronationstreet.

“When people asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up I’d say ‘an actor on TV like my big sister’. You’ve been my biggest inspiration and I’ll never be able to articulate just how proud I am to be your little bro.

“They say never work with family but on this occasion I’d like to strongly disagree. Can’t wait for Lydia to hit our screens in December so make sure to keep an eye out to see what she gets up to! 

“Love you Bex.”

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Rebecca added that being part of the Coronation Street family is a ‘dream come true’, writing on social media: “THE NEWS IS OUT!! So excited to be joining the cast of Corrie.

“What a dream come true. Not only do I get to be a part of this amazing programme but I get to do it all with my best mate and little bro!! @jackjamesryan . Xx”

Rebecca’s acting credits also include Waterloo Road, where she played the role of Vicki MacDonald from 2009 – 2011. She then went on to portray hospital porter Gemma Dean in the medical drama Casualty from 2017 to 2019.

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Corrie fans left shocked after Roy Cropper reveals real reason for leaving the soap

Corrie will never be the same again…

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Opinions were divided among Coronation Street fans last night when the soap’s veteran Roy Cropper announced his sudden departure.

Roy, played by David Neilson, has been a staple part of the ITV soap since 1995 and has gained a loyal fanbase for his soft and gentle demeanour over the years.

However, fans were less than impressed by Roy’s sudden departure last night, where he abandoned his niece Nina Lucas, played by Mollie Gallagher. 

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In last night’s episode, Nina was shocked to discover from Adam Barlow that Roy had signed over his entire estate to her with immediate effect, which led her to worry that he was planning on taking his own life. 

In a shock twist, Roy then revealed that he was leaving the cobbles for a new job opportunity in South America, where he will be working as a chef (probably not rustling up bacon butties, I can imagine). 

This storyline twist left viewers scratching their heads, however, with many slamming the whole idea of Weatherfield’s finest chef sharing his expertise in an exotic foreign country. 

One puzzled Twitter user wrote: “I’m struggling to picture Roy Cropper in South America. Southport maybe.”

Another commented: “Just read that #Corrie‘s Roy Cropper might leave the street as he’s been offered a job as a chef in South America. He literally fries eggs and butters toast WHERE do they come up with these stories hahaha.”

A very good point indeed. 

Roy is starting a new life after the pressure mounted as police traced the gun used to kill Natasha Blakeman. Roy stopped Abi from shooting the teenage thug after the pair were washed away together in a Victorian sewer – as you do.

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