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28 June 2020 18:32

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To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Line of Duty star Rochenda Sandall has warned fans might have to wait up to a year for season six to drop. The coronavirus pandemic has cast a shadow of doubt over the TV industry, seeing more and more productions close down to help stall the spread of Covid-19. But while the likes of Coronation Street and Emmerdale start up filming again, it seems it might be some time before the BBC drama gets its cameras rolling. When appearing on Sunday Brunch, the actress gave an update on the show's future to Simon Rimmer and Tim Lovejoy. 'They were filming the sixth series, and it stopped, so unfortunately I don't think that will start until…' she said before pausing to talk about the creator Jed Mercurio's medical background.

Advertisement Before he became a writer, the 54-year-old worked as a hospital physician where he replied to an advert in the British Medical Journal to provide the BBC with specialist advice for their drama Cardiac Arrest. Line of Duty's Rochenda Sandall warns fans might have to wait another year for season 6 (Picture: BBC) This became his gateway into the TV industry, but Jed's NHS background could mean he takes extra precautions when returning to set. Rochenda, who starred as Lisa McQueen, continued: 'Jed worked in a medical position beforehand so he's got a super awareness of [the global crisis] I imagine. 'He has got a wider knowledge than most, so I don't think [filming] will start until it is absolutely okay to do so, which means fans might have to wait another year. 'There were two years between four and five so I think it's worth the wait!' They won't be cutting any corners (Picture: BBC/World Productions) Just recently, Vicky McClure has spoken out about the show and what affects the Covid-19 outbreak could have had on production.

She said during Chris Moyles' Radio X show: 'We're all going to have quite a nice tan as well because we've all been sat in the sun, and Martin lives in Vegas, let's not forget, he lives in Vegas, so he will have a tan! 'We've been doing some work with Asks for Masks – the campaign to get more PPE to healthcare workers – and we've been doing these, like, you know filming it ourselves. 'So Aid [Adrian Dunbar] is in his office, I'm at home, Martin is on his lilo in his pool.' She also noted Jed's history with the NHS and how he won't be cutting any corners. Line of Duty is available to stream on BBC iPlayer. Got a story? If you've got a celebrity story, video or pictures get in touch with the Metro.co.uk entertainment team by emailing us [email protected], calling 020 3615 2145 or by visiting our Submit Stuff page – we'd love to hear from you. MORE: Leigh-Anne Pinnock celebrates fiancé Andre Gray's birthday amid claims he 'broke lockdown rules by throwing garden party' MORE: Holly Willoughby counting down the days until she can snuggle with Dermot O'Leary's newborn Line of Duty star Rochenda Sandall has given fans an update about when we might see season 6 on our screens - and it might be disappointing (though not all that surprising) news for some. The hit BBC cop drama announced it had stopped filming this sixth series back in March when the country went into lockdown as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. And it seems the series won't be returning to screens any time soon, with Rochenda guessing that fans will have to wait another year to find out the identity of the fourth corrupt police officer. The actress, 30, who plays Lisa McQueen in the police series, chatted about the future of the show with Channel 4's Sunday Brunch hosts Simon Rimmer and Tim Lovejoy. "They were filming the sixth series, and it stopped, so unfortunately I don't think that will start until..." she began. Rochenda went on to explain showrunner Jed Mercucio's "super awareness" for the pandemic and how it has affected his stance on firing up production again. Advert Before he became a writer, Jed worked as a hospital physician where he responded to an advert in the British Medical Journal to provide medical advice for the BBC's medical drama Cardiac Arrest. Fans may have to wait another year for Season 6 of 'Line of Duty' (Credit: BBC) With hardly any writing experience, Jed went on to script the show for two years with his writing causing controversy for its realist depiction of hospital life. "Jed worked in a medical position beforehand so he's got a super awareness of [the pandemic] I imagine," continued Rochenda. "He has got a wider knowledge than most, so I don't think it will start until it is absolutely okay to do so, which means fans might have to wait another year. "There were two years between four and five so I think it's worth the wait!" Mercurio had previously told Radio Times that he was aiming to have series six air "sometime in 2020" - but of course the pandemic changed everything. Confirming the news production had been halted back in March, the BBC wrote on Twitter: "In light of the spread of Covid-19, after much consideration, @worldprods are suspending filming of #LineofDuty S6 with the support of the BBC." They added: "We will keep you updated with further developments in due course. Thank you." Series 5 ended with Lisa McQueen telling police the OCG was fully neutralised but and viewers learnt member Ryan Pilkington is a junior police officer. We imagine that series six will continue to follow AC-12 as they try to discover who the fourth corrupt police member is under the command of Hastings - now that we know 'H' is not a person but a whole team. (Credit: BBC) Will Ryan continue the OCG's work from the inside? Who is the mysterious fourth member of 'H'?