Line Of Duty star Martin Compston has insisted that the hit BBC drama will return - despite it being sidelined by the coronavirus.

Just like so many other shows, filming of the sixth season of Jed Mercurio's BBC police thriller came to a halt because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

"The waistcoat has been put away," Compston said of his Line of Duty character DS Steve Arnott's distinctive wardrobe.

Vicky McClure and Martin Compston in Line of Duty

But he told ITV show Good Morning Britain: "The scripts this year . . . again, they just seem better than ever.

"We will be back at some point again to get them finished and I hope they'll be back bigger and better," he said.

He also spoke about his relationship with the show's cast and crew: "I'm in daily contact with the guys," he said.

The new run of the drama was due to broadcast on BBC One later this year, but now Compston - currently starring in BBC One Sunday night drama The Nest - has to sit out the current crisis on the other side of the Atlantic.

Compston told how he made it back to his family just before the United States banned flights from the UK.

The Scottish actor lives in Las Vegas, where his wife and her family are from, but was filming in the UK before the lockdown.

"I was just in my flat on a Saturday night, learning my lines for the week ahead," he recalled.

"The news came through that Trump had suspended all flights from the UK, so I think within 12 hours I was on a flight.

"So, I just made it back by the skin of my teeth. It was bit of a hairy journey over . . . but eventually they got us home."

He also added that Scotland would always be "home", but admitted: "I've spent probably 14 of the last 16 months on the road and you realise how important it is to have a support network around you.

"It was important that my wife had a family around her - and the weather's not bad either!"