Trigger Point: Line Of Duty’s Vicky McClure stars as a bomb disposal operative in FIRST LOOK


She is best known for playing DI Kate Fleming in the Jed Mercurio’s critically-acclaimed BBC drama Line Of Duty since 2012.  

And Vicky McClure has now turned her attentions to another police thriller, ITV series Trigger Point, in which she plays a bomb disposal operative.

In first look pictures of the upcoming series, which is currently in production, Vicky, 38, transforms into front line officer Lana Washington.

Typecast! Vicky McClure plays a bomb disposal operative in FIRST LOOK snaps of Jed Mercurio’s ITV drama Trigger Point, (pictured) after starring as DI in his hit show Line Of Duty 

The actress is starring in Trigger Point, which is produced by Line Of Duty creator Jed Mercurio’s HTM Television, alongside Adrian Lester, who will play fellow bomb disposal operative Joel Nutkins.

The upcoming series focuses on counter terrorism policing and the extraordinary work of the Metropolitan Police Bomb Disposal Squad.

Trigger Point will see a terrorist campaign threaten the capital over the summer with the bomb disposal operatives, known as ‘Expos’, at the forefront of urgent efforts to find out who is behind the bombings before fatalities escalate.

Vicky’s character Lana and Adrian’s Joel are both ex-military with the two close friends after serving together in Afghanistan.

At it again: In first look pictures of the upcoming series, which is currently in production, it sees Vicky, 38, transform into front line officer Lana Washington

At it again: In first look pictures of the upcoming series, which is currently in production, it sees Vicky, 38, transform into front line officer Lana Washington

Famous role: She is best known for playing DI Kate Fleming in the BBC's critically-acclaimed drama Line Of Duty since 2012 (pictured)

First look! Vicky pictured as her new character in Trigger Point

Famous role: She is best known for playing DI Kate Fleming in the BBC’s critically-acclaimed drama Line Of Duty since 2012 (pictured left in Line Of Duty and right in Trigger Point) 

In the first look snaps, it sees Vicky and Adrian as their characters dressed in their bomb disposal operative uniforms as they investigate a crime scene. 

Vicky also took to her Twitter to share the news as she shared a collection of photos from the show.

She tweeted: ‘Meet Lana Washington & Joel Nutkins! We’re off to an explosive start!! Can’t wait to reveal more as we go along…we’ve got an incredible cast!! 

‘And the crew are creating absolute gold! Trigger Point!! @ITV @HTMTelevision @AdrianLester #triggerpoint.’  

Upcoming drama: The actress is starring in Trigger Point, which is produced by Line Of Duty creator Jed Mercurio's HTM Television, alongside Adrian Lester, who will play fellow bomb disposal operative Joel Nutkins

Upcoming drama: The actress is starring in Trigger Point, which is produced by Line Of Duty creator Jed Mercurio’s HTM Television, alongside Adrian Lester, who will play fellow bomb disposal operative Joel Nutkins

Plot: The upcoming series focuses on counter terrorism policing and the extraordinary work of the Metropolitan Police Bomb Disposal Squad

Plot: The upcoming series focuses on counter terrorism policing and the extraordinary work of the Metropolitan Police Bomb Disposal Squad

Thriller: Trigger Point will see a terrorist campaign threaten the capital over the summer with the bomb disposal operatives, known as 'Expos', at the forefront of urgent efforts to find out who is behind the bombings before fatalities escalate

Thriller: Trigger Point will see a terrorist campaign threaten the capital over the summer with the bomb disposal operatives, known as ‘Expos’, at the forefront of urgent efforts to find out who is behind the bombings before fatalities escalate

The six-part thriller series has been commissioned for ITV by Head of Drama, Polly Hill, who will oversee production from the channel’s perspective. 

Vicky isn’t the only Line Of Duty star to take on a new police role with her co-star Adrian Dunbar, who is best known for playing Superintendent Ted Hastings, set to play retiring Detective Inspector, Alex Ridley, in ITV’s new drama Ridley.

Of the new show, Adrian, 62, said earlier this month: ‘I don’t think I’ve ever headed into a production with more excitement and enthusiasm. 

‘As an actor I know how rare it is to be given such a wonderful opportunity, and the combination of Polly Hill and Chloe Tucker at ITV and Jonathan Fisher at West Road Pictures means we are in both safe and creative hands.

Exciting: Vicky also took to her Twitter to share the news as she shared a collection of photos from the show

Exciting: Vicky also took to her Twitter to share the news as she shared a collection of photos from the show

‘Jonathan and I worked closely together on the very successful series Blood, and I’m confident we can bring some of that magic to Ridley.

‘Here’s to getting the team together and developing a show that audiences can find both entertaining and engaging.’

The plot sees Ridley replaced by his former protégée, Acting DI Carol Farman, who later enlists him as a police consultant on a complex murder case.

This then takes a dark and unexpected turn, and he is enticed out of retirement into his former role and revives his partnership with Carol.

AC-12! Vicky isn't the only Line Of Duty star to take on a new police role with her co-star Adrian Dunbar, who is best known for playing Superintendent Ted Hastings - pictured right in show still, set to play retiring Detective Inspector, Alex Ridley, in ITV's new drama Ridley

AC-12! Vicky isn’t the only Line Of Duty star to take on a new police role with her co-star Adrian Dunbar, who is best known for playing Superintendent Ted Hastings – pictured right in show still, set to play retiring Detective Inspector, Alex Ridley, in ITV’s new drama Ridley  

Paul Matthew Thompson – one of the lead writers of ITV detective drama Vera – has written and co-created the show, alongside Jonathan, and both will act as executive producers.

Jonathan said: ‘I couldn’t be happier to be getting started on Ridley, as we continue to build the West Road production slate with our second commission for ITV.

‘We’re so excited to be teaming up once again with the inimitable Adrian Dunbar, bringing to life Paul Matthew Thompson’s characterful and engaging scripts.

‘ITV has a fine tradition of nurturing much-loved detective series, and it’s a real privilege to be bringing Ridley to the channel.’

Exciting: Of the new show, Adrian, 62, said earlier this month: 'I don't think I've ever headed into a production with more excitement and enthusiasm.' (pictured in June)

Exciting: Of the new show, Adrian, 62, said earlier this month: ‘I don’t think I’ve ever headed into a production with more excitement and enthusiasm.’ (pictured in June)  

Paul added: ‘I am thrilled to be working with Jonathan Fisher and West Road Pictures to bring Ridley to life for ITV.

‘Equally delighted that he’ll be portrayed by the iconic Adrian Dunbar. With his maverick idiosyncrasies, a heart on sleeve empathy and a unique approach to solving crime we hope Ridley will soon join the canon of favourite TV detectives.’

The four, two-hour episodes will begin filming later this autumn.

Line Of Duty series six aired its finale in May, where mysterious antagonist ‘H’ was finally unmasked as DSU Ian Buckells (Nigel Boyle),yet season seven is still to be confirmed.  

On the force: Adrian has acted as Superintendent Ted Hastings in Line Of Duty on BBC One for the past six years, and has become a favourite with TV fans over the past decade (pictured with co-star Vicky McClure in LOD series 4)

On the force: Adrian has acted as Superintendent Ted Hastings in Line Of Duty on BBC One for the past six years, and has become a favourite with TV fans over the past decade (pictured with co-star Vicky McClure in LOD series 4) 

The series’ writer, Jed Mercurio, admitted late last month that it is ‘too soon’ to consider whether the show will continue, but hinted there is ‘clearly potential’ for a further plot about Owen Teale’s character, Philip Osborne.

While creator Jed, 55, is unsure if it will be the last-ever season, he confirmed it is possible he could further explore the Chief Constable (Owen, 60) in a future storyline.

When asked if series six could be considered ‘a finale, or a clearing-out of the past’ ahead of a fresh start, he replied to Den Of Geek: ‘I’d say it’s too soon. It’s too soon to draw that conclusion. It could be either of those, or it could be something different.’ 

Finale: Line Of Duty series six aired its finale in May, where mysterious antagonist 'H' was finally unmasked as DSU Ian Buckells (Nigel Boyle), yet season seven is still to be confirmed (Line Of Duty creator Jed Mercurio pictured in 2019)

Finale: Line Of Duty series six aired its finale in May, where mysterious antagonist ‘H’ was finally unmasked as DSU Ian Buckells (Nigel Boyle), yet season seven is still to be confirmed (Line Of Duty creator Jed Mercurio pictured in 2019) 



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