Line of Duty’s Adrian Dunbar jokes he can’t escape “acronyms” on Have I Got News For You

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I can't escape them!  Adrian Dunbar joked that he couldn't escape 'b **** y acronyms' when hosting Have I Got News For You for the first time on Friday


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Adrian Dunbar joked that he couldn’t escape “b **** y acronyms” when he hosted Have I Got News For You for the first time on Friday.

The Line of Duty star, 62, made sure to take inspiration from his beloved TV character Superintendent Ted Hastings as he discussed Covid vaccines and relaxed restrictions across the UK in the show.

Catching viewers on the week’s events, Adrian began listing abbreviations such as AZ, MHRA, and PHE – an absolute hit with his usual use of CHIS, OCG, and DIR.

I can’t escape them! Adrian Dunbar joked that he couldn’t escape “b **** y acronyms” by hosting Have I Got News For You for the first time on Friday.

Adrian said: “One of the vaccine developments this week is that AZ has been supported by MHRA, an EMA using data from ONS and PHE to support JCV…

“I mean… wait… I only said yes to this show to get away from the shitty acronyms!”

Adrian appeared to be referring to the recent decision by the Medicines and Health Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) not to recommend age restrictions for the use of the AstraZeneca (AZ) vaccine as it would be “extremely rare” to cause blood clots.

As of March 31, 20.2 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine had been administered in the UK, meaning the overall risk of these blood clots is around 4 in a million people, the government website reports.

Icon: The Line of Duty star, 62, made sure to take inspiration from his beloved TV character Superintendent Ted Hastings as he spoke about Covid and easing restrictions through the United Kingdom.

Icon: The Line of Duty star, 62, made sure to take inspiration from his beloved TV character Superintendent Ted Hastings as he spoke about Covid and easing restrictions through the United Kingdom.

Icon: The Line of Duty star, 62, made sure to take inspiration from his beloved TV character Superintendent Ted Hastings as he spoke about Covid and easing restrictions through the United Kingdom.

Other acronyms used by the TV star in his funny speech included AZ (AstraZeneca), EMA (European Medicines Agency). While ONS stands for Office for National Statistics and PHE stands for Public Health England.

Line of Duty is famous for its acronym heavy scripts with many viewers struggling to keep up with all the letters thrown at them in every action-packed episode.

Some of Hastings’ favorites included the Organized Crime Group (OCG), Digital Interview Recording (DIR) and a new in Series Six that left some viewers thinking they had heard something more rude, a secret source of human intelligence (CHIS).

Adrian’s character is also the head of AC-12, the anti-corruption unit, and is often heard asking for information about the SIO, the senior investigating officer.

Adrian said: “One of the vaccine developments this week is that AZ has been supported by MHRA, an EMA using data from ONS and PHE to support JCV…”

Comedian Katherine Ryan and Sunday Times political editor Tim Shipman join Adrian as panelists for the second episode of the show’s 61st series.

Alongside regular team captains Ian Hislop and Paul Merton, the new series continues to record in the studio with virtual audiences.

Adrian’s HIGNFY concert comes after his co-star Martin Compston warned Line Of Duty fans that they would “need therapy” by the end of Sunday night’s episode.

Must Watch: Line of Duty is famous for its acronym heavy scripts with many viewers struggling to keep up with all the letters thrown at them in every action-packed episode

Must Watch: Line of Duty is famous for its acronym heavy scripts with many viewers struggling to keep up with all the letters thrown at them in every action-packed episode

Must Watch: Line of Duty is famous for its acronym heavy scripts with many viewers struggling to keep up with all the letters thrown at them in every action-packed episode

Last Sunday, the fourth episode of the current sixth series ended in a dramatic hookup, as DCI Jo Davidson (Kelly Macdonald) was revealed to be linked to a mysterious person in the police database.

Martin – who plays DI Steve Arnott – teased viewers that is nothing compared to the episode five finale.

Martin took to Instagram to share a photo of Steve in full police gear and captioned it: “Seriously, if you thought Ep 4 ended on a cliffhanger, you’re going to need some therapy. here the end of Ep5! “

Tension builds: Adrian co-star Martin Compston warned Line Of Duty fans they would 'need therapy' by the end of Sunday night's episode

Tension builds: Adrian co-star Martin Compston warned Line Of Duty fans they would 'need therapy' by the end of Sunday night's episode

Tension mounts: Adrian co-star Martin Compston warns Line Of Duty fans they will “need therapy” by the end of Sunday night’s episode

Tease: Martin - who plays DI Steve Arnott - teased viewers who is nothing compared to the episode five finale

Tease: Martin - who plays DI Steve Arnott - teased viewers who is nothing compared to the episode five finale

Tease: Martin – who plays DI Steve Arnott – teased viewers who is nothing compared to the episode five finale

He also joked that he was set to buy more vests – a staple in the character’s wardrobe – after non-essential stores reopened this week.

The actor, 36, added, “Episode 5 kicks off as stores reopen and there is a sale on the vests! “

Last week’s dramatic episode left viewers scrambling to guess who matched Jo Davidson’s DNA after traces were found in his former lover Farida Jatri.

Have I Got News For You continues on BBC One Friday at the usual 9 p.m. time, with Line of Duty guest Adrian Dunbar hosting the show for the first time.

Comedian Katherine Ryan and Sunday Times political editor Tim Shipman join Adrian as panelists for the second episode of the show's 61st series.

Comedian Katherine Ryan and Sunday Times political editor Tim Shipman join Adrian as panelists for the second episode of the show's 61st series.

Comedian Katherine Ryan and Sunday Times political editor Tim Shipman join Adrian as panelists for the second episode of the show’s 61st series.

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