Line Of Duty writer horrifies Lorraine Kelly as he hits back at ‘cheap little show’ jibe
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Not everyone was a fan of Line of Duty's series six ending, but when one viewer took their outrage too far, writer Jed Mercurio had the best comeback.
It was a heartstopping moment for Lorraine Kelly, though, who mistook the tweet hitting back at the "cheap little show" jibe as being about her.
The BBC police drama's creator has come in for a lot of criticism since Sunday night's finale which revealed that "blundering fool" Ian Buckells was the Fourth Man coordinating crime and police corruption.
Many viewers were furious that the mystery officer didn't turn out to be more of a criminal mastermind, but when one person overstepped the line with a rude complaint Jed couldn't help but show off one of the cutting putdowns he's known for writing for his characters.
He quoted the tweet from a woman called Lorraine which read: "You should be ASHAMED. Using your cheap little show which built up everyone’s hopes in a time of CRISIS just to throw a dig at our GREAT Prime Minister without whom you wouldn’t be writing for the taxpayer.
"Making a brain dead brummy the head honcho?? An absolute joke of ending."
But Jed hit back: "Lorraine is the result of what would happen if Jackie Laverty’s body parts were reassembled in the wrong order."
Jed was comparing the abusive tweeter to one of his characters from series one, Jackie Laverty (Gina McKee) who was murdered by the OCG and her body parts hidden in Terry Boyle's freezer to use as blackmail against its members.
However, while lots of his followers loved the comeback, it brought one of them out in a cold sweat when she read it.
Lorraine Kelly admitted that she initially thought the joke had been about her but was relieved to see that it was actually a different Lorraine.
She tweeted: "Jesus, Mary and Joseph and the wee donkey @jed_mercurio – I thought you were talking about me!"
Jed has also tweeted his reaction to the negative coverage of the last Line of Duty episode, breaking down for his fans the way the audience engagement with his show is measured and claiming opinion was much less "extreme" than it appeared.
He wrote: "No one disputes the Line of Duty finale divided social media opinion but the audience research so far shows a far less extreme picture."
Going on to explain the figures in more detail, he explained that people should look at the popularity of the series as a whole rather than just one episode.
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