Line of Duty creator Jed Mercurio reveals last minute name change of key character in season one

LINE Of Duty creator Jed Mercurio has revealed a last minute name change for an important character in season one.

The lead writer has been tweeting fun facts about the detective drama while fans have been enjoying the reruns on BBC.

Perhaps the most mind-blowing revelation so far is about Lennie James’ character Tony Gates, who was originally given a different name.

Jed tweeted: "Last night’s episode featured the first ever clandestine meeting between Steve and undercover Kate, filmed in Paradise Circus, Birmingham. Sharp-eyed viewers may have spotted that you never see their faces when they say ‘Tony Gates.'"

He added: "That’s because a couple of days into filming, we had to change the name of Lennie James’ character.

"The actors re-voiced their lines in postproduction and we had to hide their mouths delivering the original names."

Mercurio, 53, has yet to confirm Gates' original name, as one viewer joked his name was "bent b*****d", referring to policeman usually choosing not to do things by the book.

James’ character, DCI Tony Gates, is the first subject we see AC-12 investigate.

DS Steve Arnott (Martin Compston), DI Kate Fleming (Vicky McClure) and Superintendent Ted Hastings (Adrian Dunbar) team up to find out whether the senior officer has been wrongfully pinning multiple charges on the same person.

BBC One began airing Line of Duty last Monday, starting from the very first episode with the coronavirus pandemic having delayed production for the upcoming series six.

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Mercurio told Radio Times that he hopes to finish filming by Christmas to ensure the new series will air in 2021.

Martin Compston, 36, appeared on The One Show and this is what he had to say when he was quizzed on the possibility of the show wrapping by the festive period.

"Well, I'm in dire need of a haircut and I've also got a few lockdown pounds I need to lose before we get back", he joked.

"We've got a definite date that we're working towards but there's no point announcing it because the situation's so fluid, and it can change daily, so hopefully we can get it done before Xmas."

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