Line of Duty viewers baffled as Steve Arnott makes 'miracle recovery' from life-changing back injury

LINE of Duty viewers have been left baffled as Steve Arnott appears to have made a 'miracle recovery' from life-changing back injuries.

The BBC crime drama favourite showed no sign of pain as he sprinted and energetically tossed himself about in the latest episode of the show.

All this despite an attack in series four which saw Steve, played by Martin Compston, thrown down some stairs by a person in a balaclava.

At one point the character was confined to a wheelchair, but more recently viewers have seen the detective suffering from back spasms and a growing dependence on pain killers.

But there was no sign of any suffering as the police corruption investigator got to work during Sunday night's episode.

Fans commented the character was running like a "gazelle" as he responded to gunshots in the show.


One wrote on Twitter: "Steve Arnott’s back appears to be on the mend, managed to chip it across that industrial estate pronto #LineOfDuty".

Another added: "Steve’s back has improved, he was running around like a gazelle in that episode 🤔 #LineOfDuty".

A third commented: "An episode so frantic Steve forgot he had a bad back 💊🙄💊 #LineOfDuty".

While one reflected: "All that the first few episodes with Steve's back and no issues the last two with all the action #LineOfDuty".


Line of Duty returned for its highly anticipated sixth series last month, with the members of AC-12 continuing to investigate police corruption and establish who the mysterious H is.

But as the Jed Mercurio hit returned to screens, fans were left conveying their concerns for Steve's health.

In one early scene, Steve is seen reaching for a bottle of painkillers before popping a few in his mouth and swallowing them.

Viewers were left fearing Steve could be on a slippery slope to addiction and took to Twitter to share their concerns.

One wrote: "Downing painkillers like Smarties. Being office Johnny Bravo is killing my boy."

Another added: "Poor Steve is addicted to painkillers."

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