Line of Duty has caught the eye of GCHQ (Picture: BBC/World Productions)
Line of Duty fans were tickled by the very serious Government Communications Headquarters being the latest to jump on board the BBC fandom train ahead of next week’s finale.
The UK’s intelligence organisation rallied its followers this week as it sent them on a special mission to find the ever-elusive H.
So far the fictional AC-12 in the BBC One police drama hasn’t been able to track down the mystery villain at the heart of the series – even though we do have a lot of theories – but GCHQ is now on the case.
Despite being incredibly busy keeping the nation safe, they took a moment to share a post to social media which read: ‘Have you seen the #LineOfDuty Season Six Finale Trailer?
‘We can’t wait until Sunday, so we’re putting a team together to solve the mystery gripping the nation.’
They added the job requirements, which involved punters needing to ‘stick to the letter of the law, the letter’, ‘be fluent in acronyms’ and ‘overuse the word ‘boss’.
We reckon they also need to say ‘mate’ at least four times every exchange to make the team.
GCHQ urged fans to get back to them on 0659 5433464 or email [email protected] – which was a play on Ted Hastings’ name and sadly not going to get you very far (yes, we tried).
The phone number was a bust as well, as it spelled out the letters to ‘only kidding’.
Still, fans thought it was a hilarious crossover, with one writing on Twitter: ‘Bless the wee donkey! Even GCHQ is in the game! We’re coming for H.’
Another enthusiastic fan added: ‘I [love] the fact that @GCHQ is joining in with this!’
Sadly not everyone was loving the little pop culture moment from the organisation, with Labour MP Kevan Jones, a member of Parliament’s Intelligence and Security Committee, telling MailOnline: ‘I wouldn’t think this is the top priority for our national security services.’
Line of Duty is clearly infiltrating every crevice of UK government after Boris Johnson and Sir Keir Starmer dropped some references to the series while in Prime Minister’s Questions earlier this month.
Speaking to the chamber about the PM’s inquiry into David Cameron’s lobbying activities for former financial firm Greensill Capital, Sir Keir said: ‘The more I listen to the Prime Minister the more I think that Ted Hastings and AC-12 are needed to get to the bottom of this one.’
Returning serve, Johnson took to the podium and said: ‘That why we’re putting in an independent review, that’s why we have tougher laws on lobbying…yes we are getting on with rooting out bent coppers.’
We’ve all got Line of Duty fever and with one episode to go, it’s reaching fever pitch.
Line of Duty airs Sunday 9pm on BBC One.