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Line of Duty: First look at explosive season six finale

Line of Duty’s season six comes to a dramatic conclusion on Sunday as BBC viewers finally get to find out the identity of the elusive “H”, the fourth man or woman running the OCG. In last week’s cliffhanger, DCS Patricia Carmichael (Anna Maxwell) appeared to rule out superintendent Ian Buckells (Nigel Boyle) as having any involvement with organised crime but could she be instrumental in keeping the identity of “H” secret?

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The seemingly mediocre cop was charged with perverting the course of justice in episode three. 

DCI Jo Davidson (Kelly MacDonald) and Kate Fleming (Vicky McClure) brought Buckells to AC-12 after gathering incriminating evidence against him. 

Superintendent Ted Hastings (Adrian Dunbar) charged Buckells after he failed to provide a plausible explanation for his inaction over links between Operation Lighthouse and the OCG, his relationship with Deborah Devereux (Kerri McLean), the missing files found in his car and his commendation for Ryan Pilkington (Gregory Piper).

In last week’s instalment, Davidson confessed to framing her superior officer but one fan suspects Buckells may still be guilty. 

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Writing in Reddit, Strawberries180 wrote: “Davidson has previously defended Buckells by admitting planting evidence on him, manipulating him and pointing out he's not the brightest. 

“Carmichael on that basis readily jumps to start proceedings to withdraw his criminal charges.

“But then Carmichael and Hastings work through the files found in her flat. Buckells in the files notes the previous DCI is now working on OCG connections to Gail’s death. But he then replaces him. 

“According to the files Buckells suggests Davidson - even though

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