Lorraine Kelly queries Jed Mercurio after name is caught up in Line of Duty argument

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Line of Duty creator Jed Mercurio, 55, has been responding to fans about the series six finale, which sparked a mixed reaction from viewers. The producer has defiantly defended the show in several tweets, but told fans he understood why the “down” ending would “rate less favourably with some viewers”.

Following last Sunday’s concluding episode, the show creator has since clashed with viewers on Twitter, including one named Lorraine.

In a rant, the Twitter user said Jed should be “ashamed” of his tweets and branded Line of Duty a “cheap little show”.

She added that the conclusion of season six was “an absolute joke of an ending”.

Jed shared the tweet writing: “Lorraine is the result of what would happen if Jackie Laverty’s body parts were reassembled in the wrong order.”

The Line of Duty character, played by Gina McKee, was found in a freezer in series six, seven years after her death.

Lorraine Kelly, 61, became aware of the thread of tweets and initially thought he was speaking about her.

She shared the post with her 646,000 followers, writing: “Jesus, Mary and Joseph and the wee donkey @jed_mercurio – I thought you were talking about me!”

Many of her fans flocked to her post to comment.

One user wrote: “I thought the same. Hence read the whole exchange. Wasted of a few minutes.”

A second added: “So did I at first (There’s only one Lorraine!)”

“I thought he was when it caught my eye,” a third commented.

It’s not the first time Lorraine has tweeted Jed in recent weeks.

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Ahead of the finale last weekend, the ITV presenter joked she’d fall out with him if Ted Hastings (Adrian Dunbar) turned out to be ‘H’.

Jed shared a picture with the show’s main stars Martin Compston, Vicky McClure and Adrian on his page before the show aired.

He commented: “Working with @Vicky_McClure @martin_compston #AdrianDunbar has been the highlight of my career.

“Thanks to the rest of the cast, our brilliant crews and the production team @worldprods @BBCOne @BBCTwo for six incredible seasons.”

She replied: “Thank you @jed_mercurio for creating something so very special.”

But, she jokingly warned: “But If Ted is H – then you and me are finished)”.

Fortunately for Lorraine, the Fourth Man was unveiled as DS Ian Buckells instead.

Fans have since called for a seventh series after many said they were left “underwhelmed” by the ending.

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