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Lorraine Kelly feared Line of Duty creator was mocking her after 'cheap little show' swipe

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Host of her own self-titled ITV breakfast programme Lorraine Kelly, 61, took to Twitter in a panic today after mistakenly thinking that Line of Duty creator Jed Mercurio was referencing her in a tweet. It comes after some fans of the hit BBC show were left in an uproar following the programme’s controversial ending on Sunday night and the show’s creator, Jed, wasn’t holding back as social media users blasted him over the ending.

In view of her 646,000 followers, the ITV presenter replied to the writer’s tweet.

She wrote in reference to Ted Hastings’ (Adrian Dunbar) famous quote from the series: “Jesus, Mary and Joseph and the wee donkey @jed_mercurio – I thought you were talking about me!”

The confusion occurred as the creator of the hit series had responded after receiving a scathing comment from a fan following the show’s ending on Sunday night.

Replying to the comment, he wrote: “Lorraine is the result of what would happen if Jackie Laverty’s body parts were reassembled in the wrong order.”

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In a series of tweets, the showrunner explained to his 189,000 followers that he knew the ending of Line of Duty would divide opinion.

“No one disputes the Line of Duty finale divided social media opinion but the audience research so far shows a far less extreme picture,” he began.

“We knew a ‘down’ ending would rate less favourably with some viewers, however, all 7 episodes varied by under 10% on average viewer score…

“The research determines the episode ratings based on randomly polling viewers, rather than sites like IMDB where scores can be skewed by users strongly motivated to register their immediate anger/adulation.” (sic)



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