Who is Line of Duty’s Ian Buckells?
LINE of Duty is all about police corruption, with AC-12 sniffing out as many bent coppers as it can.
In series six, one of those turned out to be DS Ian Buckles, and as the season draws to a close, here’s more on what we know about him.
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4Line of Duty’s Ian Buckells is played by Nigel BoyleCredit: BBCWho is Line of Duty’s Ian Buckells?
Detective Superintendent Ian Buckells is played by actor Nigel Boyle and was assigned to Hillside Lane Station Murder Investigation Team.
During series six, Buckells coaxed a false testimony out of Deborah Devereux to link Terry Boyle to the murder of journalist Gail Vella.
Buckells and Devereux had been romantically involved so she was a willing witness but AC-12 soon saw through their ruse.
When Buckells was arrested, AC-12 also found an incriminating laptop hidden in his car, although he denied having any knowledge of how it got there.
Buckells was also the one who had undercover OCG member PC Ryan Pilkington (Gregory Piper) join MIU, who then went on to threaten DCI Jo Davidson.
4Buckells has appeared on and off in Line of Duty since series oneCredit: BBCWhen did Ian Buckells first appear in Line of Duty?
Buckells appeared in the first series of Line of Duty where he was appointed the SIO in the case of Jackie Laverty’s disappearance.
This was the same series when fans were first introduced to Ryan, who supplied DCI Tony Gates with burner phones and tried to cut off Steve Arnott’s fingers after he was kidnapped by the crime gang.
However, it was Buckells who decided not to take any further action against Ryan, allowing him to eventually go on to join the police force.
Buckells returned in series four when he was nominated to replace DCI Roz Huntley (Thandie Newton) on Operation Trapdoor after AC-12 tried to have her removed.
However, Kate Fleming was working undercover at the time and Buckells immediately recognised her.
Despite being asked to keep quiet, her real identity still reached Huntley, who used it to her advantage during her interview, however, Buckells claimed it wasn’t him.
4Buckells was sent to prison in series sixCredit: BBCCould Ian Buckells be ‘H’?
Technically, yes. In the series six finale, it was revealed that Buckells was an over-promoted, under-talented and incredibly greedy man.
He used his police knowledge and dodgy connections to link up all the other corrupt officers – and make millions doing so.
While living in his normal semi-detatched with his family, Buckles was a bungling detective inspector.
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4Buckells buckled under questioning by AC-12 earlier in series sixCredit: BBCBut when he was acting as H he was living it up in a three million pound mansion – and ordering hits on his enemies.
His cover was so secure that even the officers he controlled didn’t know who he was – which is why Jo Davidson framed him.
Hastings, Kate and Steve were horrified that H had been under their nose the entire time – and was hiding his massive corruption under his own bungling.
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