Line Of Duty’s Adrian Dunbar is voice behind classic children’s book Guess How Much I Love You


He is known for his role as Superintendent Ted Hastings in the wildly popular BBC police drama Line Of Duty.

But Adrian Dunbar once took on a much calmer role, as it was revealed he is the voice behind a classic children’s book that is often read as bedtime story.  

The Northern Irish actor, 62, recorded the audio version of Sam McBratney’s much-loved book, Guess How Much I Love You, in 2005.

The day job: Adrian Dunbar, best known for playing Ted Hastings in BBC police drama Line Of Duty, has been revealed as the voice behind the audio version of a classic children’s book 

The story follows Little and Big Nutbrown Hare, a father and son, as they attempt to express their love for each other and has sold more than 43 million copies worldwide.

Adrian also sings lullabies and presents interactive games on the lively hour-long recording, that was taped 16 years ago.

Speaking to The Mirror, one fan said: ‘Most villains and corrupt cops would be kept awake at night with nightmares at the thought of a Ted Hasting interrogation – but my kids have listened to Adrian’s singing to lull them to sleep for years.’ 

Bedtime story: The Northern Irish actor, 62, recorded the audio version of Sam McBratney's much-loved book, Guess How Much I Love You, in 2005

Bedtime story: The Northern Irish actor, 62, recorded the audio version of Sam McBratney’s much-loved book, Guess How Much I Love You, in 2005

This comes as Line Of Duty fans eagerly await the highly anticipated series finale of Line Of Duty sixth series tomorrow night (BBC One, 9pm).

Fans of the show are convinced the series six trailer gives away who survives the shoot out between DI Fleming and PC Pilkington. 

Last Sunday’s instalment of the hit police drama – which drew in an eye-popping 10million viewers – saw Kate [Vicky McClure] locked in a tense showdown with Ryan [Gregory Piper], with two gunshots heard as the screen faded to black. 

Yet keen fans have claimed they already know the outcome from watching the trailer, while Adrian Dunbar has revealed that there’s already been ‘a very big clue’ about what happens in next week’s episode.

Cliffhanger: This comes as Line Of Duty fans eagerly await the highly anticipated series finale of Line Of Duty sixth series tomorrow night (BBC One, 9pm)

Cliffhanger: This comes as Line Of Duty fans eagerly await the highly anticipated series finale of Line Of Duty sixth series tomorrow night (BBC One, 9pm)

Putting their amateur detective skills to the test, several Line of Duty fans took to Twitter after Sunday’s show to suggest that the series six trailer had the answers. 

They were quick to point out one blink-and-you-miss-it scene which sees Kate standing next to Acting Detective Superintendent Jo Davidson [Kelly Macdonald] – which has yet to air on the show. 

Fans thus deduced the scene must happen in the aftermath of the shooting – indicating Kate survives. Although nothing is known of Ryan’s fate.  

One person declared: ‘Screen grab from #Lineofduty session 6 @BBC trailer. #katefleming looks p***ed, #jodavidson has her hands in the air. THIS SCENE HASN’T OCCURRED YET. #katefleming lives for at least 1 more episode.’

And another wrote: ‘Nah she’s no dead! Major spoiler if you Look back at the original season 6 trailer – both Jo and Kate get stopped by armed police, exact same clothes they were wearing just now. I reckon Ryan either missed or the second shot was Jo.’

Adrian appeared to back up the theories as he appeared as the first guest back in the Good Morning Britain studio on Monday, pointing fans away from the misspelt ‘definately’ but insisting many ‘already know’ her fate. 

In typical AC-12 style on Sunday’s show, a twist emerged in the form of a throwback clue to the 2019 series showing the word definitely misspelt as ‘definately’ in Jo’s messages – a clue that previously suggested Hastings could be one of the bent coppers he is so hellbent on finding.   

Have they cracked it? Line Of Duty fans are convinced the series six trailer gives away who survives the shoot out between DI Fleming and PC Pilkington

Have they cracked it? Line Of Duty fans are convinced the series six trailer gives away who survives the shoot out between DI Fleming and PC Pilkington

Interesting: Adrian revealed that there's already been 'a very big clue' about what happens to Kate in Line of Duty while appearing on GMB on Monday

Interesting: Adrian revealed that there’s already been ‘a very big clue’ about what happens to Kate in Line of Duty while appearing on GMB on Monday

Drama: On Sunday's instalment of the hit police drama, Kate [Vicky McClure] was seen locked in a tense showdown with Ryan Pilkington [Gregory Piper]

Drama: On Sunday’s instalment of the hit police drama, Kate [Vicky McClure] was seen locked in a tense showdown with Ryan Pilkington [Gregory Piper]

Reflecting on Sunday’s dramatic show, Adrian said: ‘Great cliffhanger again, Jed loves his cliffhangers. And a lot of LOD fans know [what’s coming next for Kate].’

Presenter Adil Ray then jumped in asking: ‘They’ve worked it out you mean?’

Adrian continued, knowingly nodding his head: ‘A lot of Line of Duty fans know what’s going on. All will be revealed in the fullness of time.’

Susanna then despaired as she said: ‘I feel like you’re giving us a really heavy piece of information that I can’t for the life of me work out.’ 

Adrian then dropped the bombshell: ‘Yes, there’s been a very big clue. I’m giving you a scoop. As the first guest back on the show, I am giving you a massive scoop.  There’s a clue out there as to what happens next.’

Hints: While appearing as the first guest back in the Good Morning Britain studio, the Ted Hastings actor, 62, pointed fans away from the misspelt 'definately' as they searched for clues

Hints: While appearing as the first guest back in the Good Morning Britain studio, the Ted Hastings actor, 62, pointed fans away from the misspelt ‘definately’ as they searched for clues

Trying to keep up! Speaking for many across the nation, Susanna told Adrian: 'I feel like you're giving us a really heavy piece of information that I can't for the life of me work out'

Trying to keep up! Speaking for many across the nation, Susanna told Adrian: ‘I feel like you’re giving us a really heavy piece of information that I can’t for the life of me work out’

Susanna then probed about another huge moment in Sunday’s show which saw the misspelt word ‘definately’ pop back up in messages Jo Davidson was receiving.

She said: ‘When Jo Davidson was exchanging texts, they sent back a message that including a spelling mistake. Definitely is not spelled with an A.’

And Adrian told her: ‘Correcto. You’re getting there. You’re still not there where this present clue is concerned.’

Elsewhere in his GMB interview, the actor continued: ‘Line of Duty does seem to be a bit old school. People are happy to watch it, talk about it, wait for the next episode. 

‘Jed structures it so it’s like that, so we have the cliffhangers. You’re going to come across somebody whose talking about it during the week.

Detective work: Several fans made the connection between the trailer and the fact we have yet to see the scene where Kate and Jo are seen walking around a car

Detective work: Several fans made the connection between the trailer and the fact we have yet to see the scene where Kate and Jo are seen walking around a car 

‘The BBC people send me notes and they say, ‘you can’t talk about this, this and this’. Now and again, leaks do happen. It’s a show that depends on collusion with the public.’

Adrian also chatted about how the cast are kept in the dark about the show’s ending when they start filming, with Jed giving pointers on how they should act. 

He explained: ‘Once you see the episodes lining up, you think, we’ve covered that well, the audience knows that know. 

‘Regarding the ending, Jed always gives himself a bit of leeway. The ending is never set in stone and we don’t get that episode until late in the day. 

‘We don’t know for the first three eps. Sometimes he may turn around and decide to say to one of us, can you just do a look over here or a look over there.’

Adrian also remained coy about whether he’d be in another series, telling Adil he has ‘no idea’, but admitting that ‘if the numbers are good and the BBC are happy I’m sure there will be [another season]’. 

Turning back to Kate, Adrian stayed tight-lipped about her role in next week’s episode and beyond when asked if she’ll be in another series.

He said: ‘It’s hard to tell. I wish I could tell you.’

Adrian added: ‘We have a character whose old school like Ted who puts it out there, we should be adhering to those old fashioned values like loyalty and integrity.’

Line Of Stress! Line Of Duty fans were sent wild on Sunday evening as the latest episode ended on a nail-biting cliffhanger as Kate and Ryan were locked in a showdown

Line Of Stress! Line Of Duty fans were sent wild on Sunday evening as the latest episode ended on a nail-biting cliffhanger as Kate and Ryan were locked in a showdown

LINE OF DUTY SEASON SIX: WHAT ARE THE MAIN FAN THEORIES?

Season six of Line Of Duty has left fans with more questions than answers, with viewers flocking to Twitter to question what exactly is DCI Jo Davidson is up to, whether Kate Fleming has really left AC-12 and who is H?

Here, MailOnline examines some of the most prominent fan theories  

Kate Fleming HASN’T left AC-12 and is working undercover   

One of the most shocking discoveries was AC-12’s Kate is now working with a new team- with some fans suggesting she could even be the infamous H.

While chatting to her new gaffer DCI Davidson, Kate said: ‘I got fed upon nicking coppers, I’d rather go after the psycho who murdered Gail [Vella].’

But despite seeming confident in her new role, some viewers were left wondering if all was at it seems and theorised that Kate could still be undercover for AC-12.

Even after she tipped off Davidson and incurred the wrath of Ted Hastings, fans have continued to speculate that she is so deep undercover that even Hastings is having to keep her true agenda secret.  

Kate Fleming HASN'T left AC-12 and is working undercover: Is it true? The jury is still out on this one

Kate Fleming HASN’T left AC-12 and is working undercover: Is it true? The jury is still out on this one 

DCI Jo Davidson is being blackmailed by an Organised Crime Group  

Jo has already survived a grilling from AC-12’s top team and appeared to clear her name when it was ex-girlfriend PS Farida Jatri who seemed to have taken part in corruption.

However, Jo was seen hitching a ride with known bent copper Ryan Pilkington and taken to collect a burner phone, making her look suspicious once more.

Fans, however, are convinced the DCI is being blackmailed by an OCG, following her emotional outburst when she was summoned to pick up a new burner.

DCI Jo Davidson is being blackmailed by an Organised Crime Group: Is it true? After her car park outburst it seems increasingly likely

DCI Jo Davidson is being blackmailed by an Organised Crime Group: Is it true? After her car park outburst it seems increasingly likely

DCI Jo Davidson’s mother is Anne-Marie McGillis

Fans speculated over who Jo’s mother could be after she was seen in a photograph in the first episode.

Many theorised her mother has something to do with season five character John Corbett’s [Stephen Graham] mother Anne-Marie McGillis, who was killed by an Irish Republican paramilitary group sometime after 1989.

DCI Jo Davidson's mother is Anne-Marie McGillis: Is it true? There simply isn't enough evidence yet to determine on way or the other

DCI Jo Davidson’s mother is Anne-Marie McGillis: Is it true? There simply isn’t enough evidence yet to determine on way or the other  

Gail Vella is still alive

Although season six has centered around the murder of journalist Gail Vella, one obscure theory is that she is in fact still alive.  

Craig Parkinson, who played Matthew ‘Dot’ Cottan in the show, said on BBC Sounds podcast Obsessed with Line of Duty: ‘Somebody is in that flat and there’s some connection with Gail Vella, the investigative journalist.

‘You don’t cast someone like Andi Osho and then just have her as little magazine prints and stick them up on a kitchen wall.’

Sarah Millican – who also appeared on the podcast – went on to suggest Vella may have been a former lover of DCI Davidson’s.

Gail Vella is still alive: Is it true? It seems unlikely that the scale of police corruption is so huge that they could fake a murder victim

Gail Vella is still alive: Is it true? It seems unlikely that the scale of police corruption is so huge that they could fake a murder victim

DC Chloe Bishop is Tony Gates’ daughter

Bishop is one of AC-12’s newest recruits, and as Gates and his wife Jools had two daughters, Natalie and Chloe, viewers have suggested their shared first name ‘can’t be a coincidence’.

Gates’ daughter was last seen in season one in 2012, which means she’d be roughly the same age as Bishop is now.

Fans have suggested that Bishop either took her mother’s maiden name or the name of a step-father, so that her true identity remains a secret – for now.

Gates died at the end of the first season when he walked into a busy road after getting a confession from gang leader Tommy Hunter, who had been blackmailing the police officer into covering up their criminal activity.

DC Chloe Bishop is Tony Gates' daughter: Is it true? The dates and facts line up, but there still isn't enough to write it off as a coincidence just yet

DC Chloe Bishop is Tony Gates’ daughter: Is it true? The dates and facts line up, but there still isn’t enough to write it off as a coincidence just yet 

DCI Jo Davidson’s mystery blood relative is…?

After it was revealed that Jo’s DNA matched someone on the Police National Computer, fans theorized who that could be.

The overriding theories suggested that Davidson’s relative was either Tommy Hunter, of series one and two, Mike Dryden of series two, John Corbett of series five, or Derek Hilton, killed off in series four.

Tommy Hunter was the leader of the OCG in earlier series of the show, and a paedophile. His character is dead.

Mike Dryden, the former Deputy Chief Constable, was last seen resigning from his post for perverting the course of justice in series two. His Scottish links also suggest he could be related to Davidson.

John Corbett was an undercover cop in series five who had his throat slit, leaving behind a wife, two daughters, and a mysterious link to a woman, Anne-Marie, whom fans claim could also be Davidson’s mother.

Derek Hilton was a Chief Superintendent and later the Assistant Chief Constable of Central Police. He was also secretly affiliated with organised crime. He was shot in the mouth in a staged suicide in season four.

Other suggestions were Gill Biggeloe, Jackie Laverty, Lindsay Denton or Terry Boyle. 

After it was revealed that Jo's DNA matched someone on the Police National Computer, fans theorized who that could be. Scottish Mike Dryden was last seen resigning from his post for perverting the course of justice in series two

After it was revealed that Jo’s DNA matched someone on the Police National Computer, fans theorized who that could be. Scottish Mike Dryden was last seen resigning from his post for perverting the course of justice in series two



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