If anyone can unmask a bent copper , it’s former detective Peter Bleksley.
He will be among more than eight million fans of BBC One drama Line of Duty watching tonight’s series finale, and hoping to discover the identity of the rat known as H.
Could it really be AC-12 gaffer Ted Hastings? Peter, a founder member of Scotland Yard’s undercover unit and star of Channel 4’s Hunted, has more insight than most into the question gripping viewers.
Here he delivers his verdict on the prime suspects…
Supt Ted Hastings (Adrian Dunbar)
It’s not looking good for Ted, but if he’s corrupt I’d be broken. I don’t believe he is.
It undermines the whole premise of the show.
Who is left to be the good guy, to cut through all this corruption and criminality, if Ted is taken down?
Who’s left for us to latch on to and have some faith in in this made-up world?
I think Hastings is going to be wrongfully convicted of corruption. In the next series, Steve Arnott, convinced of Ted’s innocence, will go on a mission to prove that.
DS Sam Railston (Aiysha Hart)
She worked closely with crooked police officer Lester Hargreaves, who was killed during the raid on the Eastfield depot.
And there is a big question mark over her.
Why breathe life back into a relationship with Steve that really isn’t happening – certainly from his point of view – in a physical sense?
Is she trying to tap him up, or get some kind of pillow talk out of him?
Is she a honey trap?
Something is not right here and needs further investigation.
Gill Biggeloe (Polly Walker)
I’m not a fan of her at all.
She had her little liaison with Ted, which means she could have put all the money in his hotel room.
I would far rather H be a corrupt lawyer than a corrupt police officer.
Then we could maintain the moral high ground in terms of who are the goodies and the baddies.
DI Kate Fleming (Vicky McClure)
Not a chance. Steve Arnott would have had an inkling if it was her. They work together very closely.
Clearly things are not all sweet and rosy at home, but there haven’t been any huge red flags. I cannot think of any clues – even small ones – that it could be her.
Or maybe it's not even a person…
Here’s some food for thought – what if there isn’t an individual behind the identity of H?
It could be a code for almost anything, which opens up a whole host of other options.
H could refer to a place rather than a person.
If you look at the block of flats where the people being trafficked by the Organized Crime Group were held, you get a glimpse of an aerial shot of them in the shape of two joined H’s.
Could H stand for HQ and mean the building?
In Northern Ireland during the Troubles, the notorious HM Prison Maze, used to house paramilitary prisoners, was referred to as “the H Blocks”. Is there a possible link?
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