Line Of Duty: Who is ‘H’?

Line Of Duty: Ted Hastings, Gill Biggeloe, Patricia Carmichael or even Kate Fleming – who is ‘H’?

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’? 

AC-12 and fans of the BBC drama have been chasing the identity of the criminal overlord for two series, but with Jed Mercurio’s love of a twist, there are now more suspects than ever going into the finale. 

This series the evidence has been stacking up against AC-12 gaffer Hastings, or could the super-villain be a more minor character, a blast from the past perhaps? Here are the suspects…. 

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’?

Ted Hastings (Adrian Dunbar)   

Suspect: With his easily shocked demeanor (mother of god!) and a stickler for the rules, Hastings seemed the most unlikeliest of candidates going into series five

With his easily shocked demeanor (mother of god!) and a stickler for the rules, Hastings seemed the most unlikeliest of candidates going into series five. But the latest episodes have put the gaffer firmly in the frame.

The list of evidence against him is staggering, but is it almost too staggering? 

One of the major mysteries yet to be solved is exactly what Ted spoke to OCG member Lee Banks about in episode four during his visit to Blackthorn Prison. The visit was used in Ted’s interrogation last week as a huge piece of evidence that Hastings had conspired to murder undercover copper John Corbett.  

Speaking of Corbett, Ted has been quick to issue a string of frankly ludicrous orders when it comes to the rogue copper, including that bizarre undercover mission and the ‘Fahrenheit Order’ – authorising armed officers to shoot to kill during John’s meeting with Steve Arnott. Why was he so keen to get John permanently out of the picture?

Error: Ted’s dodgy spelling set Twitter alight when fans pointed out that he misspelled ‘definitely’ as ‘definately’ during a key scene in episode four

As has so often been the case with bent coppers before him, money comes into play in the case against Ted. Retired copper Mark Moffatt slipped Ted £50,000 supposedly as reimbursement for his failed investment but is it really part of his OCG activities?  

Ted’s dodgy spelling set Twitter alight when fans pointed out that he misspelled ‘definitely’ as  ‘definately’ during a key scene in episode four.

The previous episode showed the corrupt copper communicating with John and Lisa McQueen and he couldn’t spell the word. Ted was then seen making the exact same error when attempting to simulate a conversation with the OCG via the same messenger system. 

Gill Biggeloe (Polly Walker)

Is H a Her? Gill is the current bookies favourite to be unveiled as ‘H’, with fans citing the first mention of ‘H’ as a significant clue 

Gill is the current bookies favourite to be unveiled as ‘H’, with fans citing the first mention of ‘H’ as a significant clue. 

Bent copper Dot Cottan gave the codename H to Kate Fleming when he blinked to signal the letter while on his deathbed at the end of series three.

But while for two seasons the show has referred to ‘H’, some fans have suggested Dot actually meant to signal ‘G’ and he ‘blinked too slowly’.  

Remember this? Bent copper Dot gave the codename H to Kate Fleming when he blinked to signal the letter while on his deathbed at the end of series three

One fan tweeted on Sunday: ‘A lot of people are saying Gill is H… maybe when Dot recorded his dying declaration he blinked on G and that got mistaken as H??!! 

Another theory suggests the codename is ‘H’ but that it stands for Her, and that’s one reason why all the communications are done via text so the female boss doesn’t give her gender away.   

And then there’s that night with Ted. Some fans think that Gill deliberately pursued a night with Hastings to plant evidence, especially after it was revealed the OCG were saving condoms from their brothel to blackmail officers. Could Gill be using the same method? 

Patricia Carmichael (Anna Maxwell Martin) 

New face: Patricia Carmichael (Anna Maxwell Martin), who had her first scenes in the show on Sunday, is the latest name in the frame

Jed may be throwing us all through a loop and ‘H’ is actually a newcomer to the series. Patricia Carmichael (Anna Maxwell Martin), who had her first scenes in the show on Sunday, is the latest name in the frame.

The character delighted viewers with her no-nonsense sass, but could her persistence in going after Ted actually mean she’s planning to frame Ted. With such a big-name talent like Maxwell Martin on board, surely the character will be getting more airtime one way or another in upcoming series? 

DCC Derek Hilton (Paul Higgins)

Deceased: We all know DCC Hilton was involved in corruption but is he the top man?

Back when series five began it was thought the mystery had been solved, with DCC Derek Hilton – who was killed at the end of series four – the main man. 

But with H’s activities still ongoing after Hilton’s death that theory seems dead and buried.  

Lester Hargreaves (Tony Pitts)

Demise: Dead copper Les Hargreaves was also in the frame earlier this series

Another dead copper Les Hargreaves was also in the frame earlier this series, but it seems more likely he was just another corrupt copper hired by the OCG and not the top man.

As Kate pointed out when semen deposits recovered from the freezer at the brothel were analysed – and they only came from the last few months; ‘There’s no way he could have been ‘H’. ‘H’ goes back much further.’

DCC Andrea Wise (Elizabeth Rider)

Could it be her? Minor characters like DCC Andrea Wise aren’t out of the running either

Minor characters like DCC Andrea Wise aren’t out of the running, with Wise conveniently being the one who removed Ted from the investigation into Operation Peartree.

Roz Huntley (Thandie Newton) 

Iconic: Top names from previous series are also in the frame, including Thandie Newton’s character Roz Huntley

Top names from previous series are also in the frame, including Thandie Newton’s character Roz Huntley – whose surname at least fits the profile.

But the character is currently serving ten years in prison and when arrested, she exposed other members of the balaclava gang. But she is serving her sentence in Blackthorn, where many other OCG members have resided, giving her great connections.

There’s also the link to DCI Mark Moffatt, who was Roz’s Police Federation rep during AC-12 interviews.

Moffatt has now retired and has cropped up in this series when he passed the £50,000 to Hastings as part of his new job in real estate investment. Moffatt almost certainly is involved in organised crime, is Roz too?    

Alison Powell (Susan Vidler)

Suspect: The show’s creator Jed Mercurio could bring back a minor character like Powell

The boss of Operation Peartree was the one it was revealed at the beginning of series five who put Corbett undercover with the organised crime group. Her refusal to share the information with AC-12 is a firm piece of evidence against her.   

Kate Fleming (Vicky McClure) 

Surely not! Could AC-12’s star copper Kate have been on the wrong side of the law all along?

She’s one of the show’s leads, and has been the star investigator of AC-12 since series one. But knowing the show’s love of a major twist, could Kate turn out to be ‘H’?

Subtle clues have been building up in recent episodes. Some fans have suggested Kate’s ‘true nature’ was shown when she snapped at her husband in the penultimate episode after another late night at work. 

Other viewers are linking Kate back to The Caddy aka Matthew ‘Dot’ Cottan’s activities and specifically his deathbed revelation, where the name H first originated from, did she bodge that evidence?

While it was thought Dot’s love for Kate was the reason he took a bullet for her in the series three finale, others are now musing that actually he didn’t want his boss, H, to be shot.   

Rochenda Sandall, who plays OCG member Lisa McQueen, wasn’t giving away any clues when she was questioned about the theory on This Morning on Monday, coyly replying: ‘Oh really? I’ve not heard that yet…’   

A group of people 

Clue? A block of fats which appeared in episode three of the series where sex trafficked women were being held were in the shape of two ‘H’ letters

Former undercover detective Peter Bleksley has his own ‘H’ theory, believing that ‘H’ is not a person and is actually a place.

Speaking on This Morning, he said: ‘Is it a person or is it a place? Cast your mind back to the flats where people were being held. One was flat B. Just putting it out there.’

Peter was referring to the flats which appeared in episode three of the series where sex trafficked women were being held. Flat B was raided but some fans spotted that the building block was in the shape of two ‘H’ letters.  

Line of Duty series five concludes on Sunday at 9pm on BBC One.  

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