Line of Duty boss Jed Mercurio issues stinging reply to viewer who called BBC drama a 'cheap little show'

LINE Of Duty boss Jed Mercurio has hit back at a viewer who called the hit BBC drama a "cheap little show".

The 55-year-old show runner had a stinging rebuke for the Twitter user, who wrote a message addressed to him.

Believing he made a dig at PM Boris Johnson, Lorraine wrote: "You should be ASHAMED.

"Using your cheap little show which built up everyones hopes in a time of CRISIS just to throw a dig at our GREAT Prime Minister 🇬🇧 without whom you wouldnt be writing for the taxpayer.

"Making a brain dead brummy the head honcho?? An absolute joke of ending."

But Jed replied: "Lorraine is the result of what would happen if Jackie Laverty’s body parts were reassembled in the wrong order."

Property mogul Jackie, a Line Of Duty star in the very first series, was working for a crime gang when she started an air with crooked crop Tony Gates.

Murdered by the thugs – or, to use Line of Duty parlance, OCG – she was chopped up and stored in a freezer for years to come.

Her DNA was only discovered in the sixth series when cops spotted a fridge missing from Terry Boyle's flat.

Tracking it down investigators found a minor blood trace matching Laverty's DNA that allowed them to link the gang to the modern-day murder of journalist Gail Vella.

The Twitter post came after some fans speculated that bungling DCI Ian Buckells – who turned out to be a criminal mastermind – was based on Boris Johnson.

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