BBC drama series Line of Duty returned with a bang to our screens on Sunday night – and Nottingham Forest made an appearance!

AC-12 have returned with Vicky McClure, Martin Compston and Adrian Dunbar back on the trail to shackle bent coppers.

The sixth series kicked off last night and as Forest fans waited with bated breath, the club once again appeared in the show.

During the last series, eagle-eyed supporters spotted a Forest mug during a scene in which DI Kate Fleming (Vicky McClure) went to visit her son, Josh.

On last night’s show the club was mentioned again. This time in a text message sent by McClure’s character to her ex-husband.

Why Forest?

It’s no secret that McClure is from Nottingham, although the award-winning actress is actually a Notts County supporter.

Kai Reid who plays Josh in Line of Duty, however, is McClure’s real-life nephew and is an ardent Forest fan.

When it was considered that a mug would be used in series five, producers were going to use Chelsea or Manchester City as the team on display.

Young Kai informed them he was a Forest fan though and instead one was purchased for the show.

Following the last series, McClure said that the role of her son in the show would always be her nephew’s.

She told Nottinghamshire Live in 2019: “It will always be his role now and he really enjoys it. He did really well, he did some improvising, I’m very proud of him.”

It’s a nice touch for Forest to be in the show – albeit on a minute scale. Nonetheless, it’s a nice piece of PR for the football club.

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If you haven’t yet seen a single episode of the BBC crime drama, then you have to ask yourself, why not?

Line of Duty was first aired in 2012 and has gone from strength to strength in the years that have followed.

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Created and written by Jed Mercurio, the hit series has enjoyed six seasons with each one gripping from the first episode through to the last.

Line of Duty is one of the most talked-about shows on television and fans are already speculating about what is ahead in the latest offering of the BBC hit.

We wonder if there will be any more Forest mentions…

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