Eagle-eyed Line Of Duty fans spot several connections to season one’s CI Philip Osborne

Line Of Duty fans have spotted another reference to Chief Constable Philip Osborne, leaving them scratching their heads over how he fits into the new storyline. 

Those with a keen memory will remember CI Osborne (Owen Teale) for attempting to cover up a failed counter-terrorism police raid Steve Arnott (Martin Compston) was involved in back in season one. 

While his character quickly faded into obscurity over the next few seasons, he has been referenced twice in the current series, leading fans to wonder what the significance could be. 

Remember him? Line Of Duty fans have spotted another reference to Chief Constable Philip Osborne

Remember him? Line Of Duty fans have spotted another reference to Chief Constable Philip Osborne

Remember him? Osborne was Steve Arnott's corrupt boss in season one of the show

Remember him? Osborne was Steve Arnott's corrupt boss in season one of the show

Remember him? Line Of Duty fans have spotted another reference to Chief Constable Philip Osborne – Steve Arnott’s corrupt boss in season one of the show 

During episode two, TV critic Scott Bryan pointed out that CI Osborne appeared in one of the TV reports created by murdered journalist, Gail Vella (Andi Osho). 

He tweeted: ‘Recognise him? He’s CI Philip Osborne. In series one he tried to cover up a failed counter-terrorism police raid Steve Arnott was involved in. #LineOfDuty’ 

Explaining the significance of seeing a former character pop up in a minor role, he stated: ‘Former Chief Superintendent Patrick Fairbanks appeared in series three. He ended up being a pedophile network #LineOfDuty’. 

Another viewer predicted: ‘The big characters to watch out for in the coming episodes are Steph Corbett and Philip Osborne. Until then, my whisht remains houled #LineOfDuty’. 

While one noted: ‘And this is why “Previously on Line of Duty” would take 17 minutes.’ 

Familiar face: While his character faded into obscurity, Osborne has been referenced twice in the current series, leading fans to wonder what the significance could be

Familiar face: While his character faded into obscurity, Osborne has been referenced twice in the current series, leading fans to wonder what the significance could be

Familiar face: While his character faded into obscurity, Osborne has been referenced twice in the current series, leading fans to wonder what the significance could be

AC-12’s Steve, Chloe and Hastings are seen trawling through old footage of Vella’s with one story she had been covering linked to CI Osborne’s actions in the first episode of season one.   

Vella was seen discussing the accidental killing of Karim Ali, and the recording used during that scene also featured in the series’ first episode.

During season one, Steve worked for Osborne in counter terrorism and was part of the operation that lead to the killing of Karim.  

After receiving the ‘Fahrenheit’ order from Osborne, Steve instructed the firearms officers to enter the flat, and they opened fire on Karim believing he had been armed. 

It transpired that the team had entered the wrong building and Karim was innocent, leading to Steve offering information and eventually being recruited to AC-12.  

Despite Steve testifying against his colleagues no police officers were prosecuted for their actions before, during or after the shooting of Karim. 

Flashback: AC-12's Steve, Chloe and Hastings are seen trawling through old footage of Vella's with one story she had been covering linked to Osborne's actions in season one

Flashback: AC-12's Steve, Chloe and Hastings are seen trawling through old footage of Vella's with one story she had been covering linked to Osborne's actions in season one

Flashback: AC-12’s Steve, Chloe and Hastings are seen trawling through old footage of Vella’s with one story she had been covering linked to Osborne’s actions in season one

In the following seasons the scandal is mentioned only a couple of times. 

During season four, Karim’s death is mentioned briefly by FC Tim Ifield when he visits AC-12 to voice his concerns about DCI Roz Huntley. 

He claims the fact Steve was the only member of the operation who refused to cover up the shooting makes him trustworthy to share information with. 

In season five, DS John Corbett is seen reading about the death of Ali whilst reading through the record of Steve on the Central Police Portal.  

Scan me: Prior to season six, Osborne was connected to the show before it even aired. Eagle-eyed fans spotted that a magazine cover featured briefly in the trailer that included a QR code

Scan me: Prior to season six, Osborne was connected to the show before it even aired. Eagle-eyed fans spotted that a magazine cover featured briefly in the trailer that included a QR code

Scan me: Prior to season six, Osborne was connected to the show before it even aired. Eagle-eyed fans spotted that a magazine cover featured briefly in the trailer that included a QR code 

Prior to season six, Osborne was connected to the show before it even aired. 

Eagle-eyed fans spotted that a magazine cover featured briefly in the trailer that included a QR code.  

Viewers revealed that if you scan the QR code, it takes you to a ‘highly confidential’ PDF file called ‘operation Easter egg hunt’. 

The secret document is a letter between Osborne – who at some point between series three and six was promoted to Chief Constable of Central Police – addressed to DCC Andrea Wise, where he shares his concerns over Superintendent Hastings.  

Osborne’s letter warns: ‘I think it is high time we had a much closer look at AC-12. I’m beginning to question whether this department is fit for purpose especially under its current – and let’s be frank – extremely difficult leadership.

‘Ted Hastings doesn’t lead investigations, more commit to a crusade. He is oblivious to the politics of the situation which creates problems for me and problems for you because policing is politics.

‘And should AC-12 even be led by someone who himself has been accused of corruption? The question is what to do next. Is it time for a leadership change? What role should Ted Hastings have in this organisation – if any at all?’

Eagle-eyed fans then discovered a link secretly hidden in the word ‘next’ which takes them to another clue.

Continuing the lengthy trail of clues lead to a new trailer video with Steve and his love interest DS Nicola Rogerson.    

'Highly confidential': Viewers revealed that if you scan the code, it takes you to a 'highly confidential' PDF file called 'operation Easter egg hunt' where Chief Constable Philip Osborne, writes to DCC Andrea Wise and shares his concerns over Superintendent Ted Hastings

'Highly confidential': Viewers revealed that if you scan the code, it takes you to a 'highly confidential' PDF file called 'operation Easter egg hunt' where Chief Constable Philip Osborne, writes to DCC Andrea Wise and shares his concerns over Superintendent Ted Hastings

‘Highly confidential’: Viewers revealed that if you scan the code, it takes you to a ‘highly confidential’ PDF file called ‘operation Easter egg hunt’ where Chief Constable Philip Osborne, writes to DCC Andrea Wise and shares his concerns over Superintendent Ted Hastings 

Chief Constable Osborne isn’t the only character that fans have been guessing wildly about.   

Line Of Duty fans are convinced that newcomer DC Chloe Bishop is actually Tony Gates’ daughter in their latest theory about the sixth season.

Bishop, played by Shalom Brune-Franklin, 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 name ‘can’t be a coincidence’.

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

Theories: Line Of Duty fans are convinced DC Chloe Bishop is actually Tony Gates' daughter as they claimed on Sunday the characters' shared name 'can't be a coincidence'

Theories: Line Of Duty fans are convinced DC Chloe Bishop is actually Tony Gates' daughter as they claimed on Sunday the characters' shared name 'can't be a coincidence'

Theories: Line Of Duty fans are convinced DC Chloe Bishop is actually Tony Gates’ daughter as they claimed on Sunday the characters’ shared name ‘can’t be a coincidence’

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.

He took his own life as he knew that if he was killed in the line of duty that would ensure his family received a pay-out. 

Dramatic: 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 him

Dramatic: 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 him

Dramatic: 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 him

Back then: Gates' daughter was last seen in season one in 2012, and she was portrayed by Saffron Davies (pictured), which means she'd be roughly the same age as Bishop is now

Back then: Gates' daughter was last seen in season one in 2012, and she was portrayed by Saffron Davies (pictured), which means she'd be roughly the same age as Bishop is now

Back then: Gates’ daughter was last seen in season one in 2012, and she was portrayed by Saffron Davies (pictured), which means she’d be roughly the same age as Bishop is now

Potentially? 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

Potentially? 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

Potentially? 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

Fans were besides themselves with the notion that Bishop could in fact be Gates’ daughter Chloe, and they took to Twitter to discuss it.

One person wrote: ‘Holy s**t so is Chloe, Tony Gates’ daughter Chloe??? That name can’t be a coincide right? (sic)’

Another added: ‘Just saying it now Chloe, the cop in AC-12, is Tony Gates’ daughter.’ 

Theorising, one viewer said: ‘So in series 1, DCI Tony Gates had a daughter called Chloe….. roll on to series 6 and Steve Arnotts new partner is called Chloe!! (sic)’

Throwing around ideas: Fans were besides themselves with the notion that Bishop could in fact be Gates' daughter Chloe, and they took to Twitter to discuss it

Throwing around ideas: Fans were besides themselves with the notion that Bishop could in fact be Gates' daughter Chloe, and they took to Twitter to discuss it

Throwing around ideas: Fans were besides themselves with the notion that Bishop could in fact be Gates’ daughter Chloe, and they took to Twitter to discuss it

On Sunday night’s show newcomer DCI Jo Davidson (Kelly MacDonald) was hauled in for the first AC-12 interrogation scene of the season. 

She was grilled by Superintendent Ted Hastings (Adrian Dunbar), Acting DI Arnott and DC Chloe Bishop (Shalom Brune-Franklin) over gross misconduct charges relating to the investigation into the murder of journalist Gail Vella (Andi Osho).

However, at the end of the episode she was let go, seemingly not guilty, after her ex-girlfriend PS Farida Jatri [Anneika Rose] was implemented in corruption.

The show’s latest episode also saw Steve being temporarily promoted, continuing to battle with his injuries and strike up a potential romance with John Corbett’s widow Steph [Amy De Bhrún].

Elsewhere, AC-12 were authorised to take over Operation Lighthouse to investigate corruption.

Line Of Duty continues on Sundays at 9PM on BBC One. 

Drama: On Sunday night's show newcomer DCI Jo Davidson (Kelly MacDonald, pictured) was hauled in for the first AC-12 interrogation scene of the season

Drama: On Sunday night's show newcomer DCI Jo Davidson (Kelly MacDonald, pictured) was hauled in for the first AC-12 interrogation scene of the season

Drama: On Sunday night’s show newcomer DCI Jo Davidson (Kelly MacDonald, pictured) was hauled in for the first AC-12 interrogation scene of the season 

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

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 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

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

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

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 

Bent copper Ryan Pilkington is actually a honest policeman 

Ryan first appeared in the show’s first season as a teenage foul-mouthed messenger for the criminal gang working with bent copper DCI Gates. 

His escapades on the show have taken an even darker turn in past seasons, as he attempted to cut DS Arnott’s fingers off with bolt cutters, and also killed undercover cop DS Corbett.

However, the show creator’s Jed Mercurio teased the possibility that Ryan has ‘turned a new leaf’ and isn’t a spy in the Central Police, despite what fans may think of his criminal past. 

Jed claimed: ‘Now that Ryan’s a police officer, viewers will have to wait and see if he has turned over a new leaf or if he remains a dangerous inside man for organised crime.’ 

Bent copper Ryan Pilkington is actually a honest policeman: Is it true? Considering the only person who seems to be spreading this is the creator, it would be a great twist

Bent copper Ryan Pilkington is actually a honest policeman: Is it true? Considering the only person who seems to be spreading this is the creator, it would be a great twist

 Bent copper Ryan Pilkington is actually a honest policeman: Is it true? Considering the only person who seems to be spreading this is the creator, it would be a great twist

 

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