He knows the answer to the question every Line Of Duty fan is asking: Who is H?
And ahead of the season five finale of the hit BBC cop drama, Adrian Dunbar played it cool as he cut a cheery appearance on his way into an interview for The Andrew Marr Show on Sunday.
Promoting the show for the final time this season, Adrian, 60 – who plays suspected bent copper Superintendent Ted Hastings – gave a knowing grin as he sauntered into the BBC to feature on the politics show.
He knows: Line Of Duty star Adrian Dunbar played it cool as he cut a cheery appearance on his way into an interview for The Andrew Marr Show on Sunday
Wearing a crisp light pink shirt, jeans and a blazer, the actor gave the thumbs up, keeping a cool demeanor behind his thick black-framed glasses.
Not giving anything away, it was business as usual for the star, who clutched a briefcase as he walked into the London venue.
He was equally tight-lipped during his chat with Andrew Marr, making sure he didn’t let an ounce of information slip about the fate of his character, who was last seen in episode five being arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to murder of John Corbett [played by Stephen Graham].
He said: ‘It’s not looking very good for Ted. [Patricia Carmichael] is very good, Ted’s under a lot of pressure there, she knows absolutely what she’s doing.
The end of Ted? Wearing a crisp light pink shirt, jeans and a blazer, the actor kept a cool demeanor behind his thick black-framed glasses
Not giving anything away: It was business as usual for the star, who clutched a briefcase as he walked into the London venue
‘She’s got all the facts. It’s pretty tense stuff.’
He went on to liken the hype around the plot to Dallas’ famous ‘Who Shot JR?’ story line.
‘For those who remember it’s a bit like who shot JR at the moment,’ he said. ‘You sit down on the Tube, everybody is leaning across and going, “I’m not going to ask you because I don’t want to know!”‘
‘We’re lucky because our public, they really don’t want to know. Because the twists and turns are what make the show exciting and interesting and so forth. I think in that respect we’ve been lucky.’
Under wraps: He was equally tight-lipped during his chat with Andrew Marr, making sure he didn’t let an ounce of information slip about the fate of his character, who was last seen in episode five being arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to murder of John Corbett
Finale: Line Of Duty have unveiled a series of new images from the series five final episode, which airs on Sunday
Elsewhere, fans of Line Of Duty were in uproar after the series five DVD hit shops before the highly anticipated last episode has even aired.
A shopper in Sainsbury’s found the latest season alongside the series one to five boxset in the store and took to Twitter to announce it.
An unnamed branch of the high street giant had accidentally stacked the DVD early and HMV workers in Aberdeen tweeted that they had a copy since Friday.
One person wrote on Twitter: ‘#LineOfDuty I hear that @sainsburys has released series 5 on DVD already, @BBC need to issue a reg 15. Not on with just over 24 hours to go for the finale.’
Elsewhere: Fans of Line Of Duty were in uproar after the series five DVD hit shops before the highly anticipated last episode has even aired
Another said: ‘Very disappointed about #lineofduty spoilers – apparently some Sainsbury’s accidentally selling the S5 DVD early. Avoiding the Facebook group and hashtag now.’
And another wrote: ‘@jed_mercurio Just wondering what you think of @sainsburys, they’ve been selling Series 5 DVD today, instead of Monday! The 47k members of the @Line_of_duty FB fan page are NOT happy.’
A HMV in Aberdeen added in a tweet: ‘When you realise that the explosive #LineOfDuty series finale is this Sunday night, but we have the DVD copies in store now for Monday’s release…#itsajoke #we’llwait #temptingthough #whosH #AC12.’
A spokesman for Sainsbury’s confirmed the mistake but said it had been removed from shelves.
Fury: Fans reacted angrily that a Sainsbury’s store has stocked series five of Line of Duty before it airs on BBC One. HMV Aberdeen added in a tweet that they had the disc since Friday but said they will not sell it
Sunday night’s final episode could draw a huge audience of more than 10million and will be a feature-length 90-minute show as the police anti-corruption officers work to uncover who the real H is.
The first four episodes of series five attracted larger audiences than any other programme on UK television this year.
The episodes averaged 10.6million viewers in seven-day four-screen consolidated figures.
Off the hook? New photos suggest Ted isn’t ‘H’ as after being thrown in a prison cell last week
Popular: The episodes averaged 10.6million viewers in seven-day four-screen consolidated figures, with the penultimate episode receiving the highest overnight figure for Line Of Duty ever. Pictured: DS Steve Arnott (left) and undercover copper John Corbett (right)
Last Sunday’s show got the highest overnight figure for Line Of Duty ever – peaking at 8.3million and averaging at 7.9million.
Line Of Duty showrunner, Jed Mercurio, said of the new figures: ‘We’re thrilled and flattered by the amazing response to this series of Line Of Duty.’
He added: ‘On behalf of the whole production, I want to thank our viewers for their fantastic loyalty, and World Productions and the BBC for their unstinting support.’
Superintendent Ted Hastings, played by Adrian Dunbar, 60, faces a grilling from the shadowy Patricia Carmichael from rival AC-3 over whether or not he is this series’s ‘bent copper’.
The list of evidence against the Northern Irishman is staggering and last week’s episode saw him shakily defend himself against Carmichael.
Mystery: Line Of Duty series five concludes on Sunday night, and during the epic 90-minute finale fans are hoping the show’s biggest mystery will be solved – who is ‘H’?
Suspect: Hastings seemed the most unlikeliest of candidates to be a ‘bent copper’ going into series five, but faces a grilling from a rival anti-corruption group story
New face: Patricia Carmichael (Anna Maxwell Martin), who had her first scenes in the show on Sunday, is the latest name in the frame as she interrogates Ted Hastings over being H
One of the major mysteries yet to be solved is what Hastings said to OCG (organised crime group) member Lee Banks in episode four during his visit to Blackthorn Prison.
The visit was used in Hastings’s interrogation last week as a huge piece of evidence that he had conspired to murder undercover copper John Corbett.
Line Of Duty season five concludes on BBC One at 9pm.