Line of Duty: Vicky McClure's mum desperate to know who H is

Vicky McClure’s mom says she’s in the dark about who H is like everyone else – but she really wants to find out.

Carol – who as a fan of the show is as excited as anyone to see the season finale – said she was not inclined to turn to her TV star daughter, who plays DI Kate Fleming, for help.

Instead, like any other fan of the show, she’s hoping to find out the identity of the mysterious villain on Sunday night.

Asked in an exclusive interview with the Sunday mirror if Vicky could actually be H, Carol said: “We don’t know anything, 100% not.

“We don’t know who H is, absolutely not, she has it in her pocket!

“Who knows? My daughter is nice, but it could be her, it could be anyone.

“We love it and see it like everyone else and it will be just as surprising to us. We don’t want to be able to know.

“We’re big fans of the show, we’ve seen it all. In fact, we’re going to see everything Vicky has been on.”

Carol, facility manager at a financial company, and her husband Mick love the drama on Sunday night at 9 p.m. on BBC One.

As soon as each episode airs, the couple will talk directly to Vicky, who lives just down the street in her hometown of Nottingham, on the phone.

But Carol accepts that she is baffled by all of the jargon used in Line of Duty.

There are OCG (Organized Crime Group), AFO (Authorized Firearms Officers) and CIS (Crime Information System) – not to be confused with CHIS (Covert Human Intelligence Source).

Carol says, “All those police terms … I don’t understand them. It’s full of them.

“I think people look and find out what they mean. That adds to the excitement. “

Carol says she is “very proud” of her daughter, who is engaged to fellow actor and producer Jonny Owen.

But she says there were some worrying times when Vicky was filming the latest series in Belfast during the height of the pandemic.

“I was worried about her while she was away, we worried each other,” she said.

“But I know they were protecting her, so there was no problem. She was looked after. “

Vicky starred in all six seasons of Jed Mercurio’s award-winning police drama, which first aired in 2012.

A trailer for the final episode shows a major gunfight and an anti-corruption squad AC-12 approaching the puzzle H.

Police cars can also be seen speeding down the street and armed officers dismounting into a residential area.

Supt Ted Hastings, played by Adrian Dunbar, tells his officers, “AFOs will secure the suspect” as words scroll across the screen saying, “Every investigation has led to … H.”

So Line of Duty fans could finally find out who the secret of Mr Big – or Mrs – really is.

Kate and DI Steve Arnott (Martin Compston) are also investigating the suggestion that H misspelled “definitely” as “definitely”.

And lovers have found that Supt Hastings makes the same misspelling – suggesting some that he’s linked to the OCG.

The trailer also shows men wearing balaclavas jumping out of vehicles armed with weapons. In a duel with the OCG, Kate opens a van door, points the gun and shouts “Armed police!” before the screen goes black.

Carol said, “God, yeah, the show just got bigger and better. It’s her best role ever. “

But the proud mother, who also has an older daughter, Jenny, is equally pleased with Vicky’s off-screen work.

The actress started a choir for people with dementia after seeing the healing powers of music when her maternal grandmother, Iris, fell victim to the disease and died in 2015.

Carol said, “This is another of her best roles. She’s very passionate about the choir. She Zoom calls all the members every weekend, even when she’s not around and working. That’s the kind of girl she is. She is still fully involved and is very dear to her heart. “

The actress, whose paternal grandmother Jean, 96, is still alive, has spoken in the past about people suffering from dementia facing an even bigger battle during the lockdown.

Vicky said, “It helps to have a routine. It’s not there right now.”

Vicky first became known while working with Nottingham director Shane Meadows on productions such as the 2006 film This Is England.

She says she’s more than happy in the East Midlands and once said of her decision to stay in the area, “It makes me laugh that it’s such a big deal.

“I think it’s more extreme that Martin Compston lives in Las Vegas.

“I live in my hometown. I’ve always said I can’t stay here [London] because … I allow myself to pay so much for a beer. It really gets me down. “

Carol also revealed that the lockdown forced Vicky to postpone her wedding, saying, “I doubt it’ll happen this year because she’s too busy with work.”

But she refused to be convinced of her daughter’s new roles – or whether there will be a seventh series of Line of Duty.

“I honestly don’t know about a new series,” she said.

“I’m not asking, not because I don’t want to know, but I don’t want her to be put in a position.”


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