Line of Duty creator Jed Mercurio breaks silence over controversial series six finale
The creator and writer of hugely popular BBC crime drama, Line of Duty, has broken his silence concerning the controversial final episode of series six which went out on Sunday evening.
Jed Mercurio, who also created and wrote hit BBC series The Bodyguard, said the negative reaction to the final episode of season six witnessed on social media was not reflective of a survey carried out after the episode went out on BBC1 on Sunday evening.
"No one disputes the Line of Duty finale divided social media opinion but the audience research so far shows a far less extreme picture.
"We knew a "down" ending would rate less favourably with some viewers, however all 7 episodes varied by under 10% on average viewer score," said Jed Mercurio.
He added: "The research determines the episode ratings based on randomly polling viewers, rather than sites like IMDB where scores can be skewed by users strongly motivated to register their immediate anger/adulation.
"1000 random viewers submitted scores from 1-10 which have been used to calculate the Appreciation Index (AI) as a score out of 100."
He added: "The AI for the “down” finale was only 7 points below the next lowest in Season 6 (Ep 1).
"These figures won’t stop the debate, of course, nor should they - that’s still all part of the experience of shared TV viewing. Thanks again for watching."
One fan responded: "So many things have been left unresolved, and we didn't get the ending we deserved. It was such an incredible let down."
Interestingly, Jed Mercurio responded to this comment and many others.
"Thanks for your view, Amy, and thanks for watching, but as the statistics show, there is no "we"," said Mercurio.
"A big chunk of the people who watched really liked the finale. But of course I respect your opinion."
The overwhelming response to the series finale on social media on Sunday evening was negative.
Viewers tuned in for the unmasking of the elusive corrupt police officer working with organised crime gangs referred to only as 'H'.
The character revealed as 'H' left thousands of fans feeling disappointed with some saying that it ruined the previous 35 episodes.
A message from the Editor:
Thank you for reading this story on our website. While I have your attention, I also have an important request to make of you.
With the coronavirus lockdown having a major impact on many of our advertisers — and consequently the revenue we receive — we are more reliant than ever on you taking out a digital subscription.
Subscribe to newsletter.co.uk and enjoy unlimited access to the best Northern Ireland and UK news and information online and on our app. With a digital subscription, you can read more than 5 articles, see fewer ads, enjoy faster load times, and get access to exclusive newsletters and content. Visit https://www.newsletter.co.uk/subscriptions now to sign up.
Our journalism costs money and we rely on advertising, print and digital revenues to help to support them. By supporting us, we are able to support you in providing trusted, fact-checked content for this website.