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A parody video of Boris Johnson being grilled over the Downing Street parties by Line of Duty’s crack anti-corruption squad AC-12 has appeared online today.

The spoof shows clips of the Prime Minister edited with police interviews conducted by the show’s Anti-Corruption Unit 12 in the hit BBC crime drama.

The video was created by anti-Brexit activist group Led By Donkeys, who posted it on social media with the caption, ‘if you’ve got one shred of compassion for all those families who sacrificed so much, who lost so much, you’ll go’.

Jed Mercurio, who wrote Line of Duty for the BBC, also shared the satirical clip on Twitter today, adding it was ‘brilliant work’ by the camapaigners.

The voices of Superindentent Ted Hastings, DI Fleming and DI Steve Arnott from the clip are so convincing, Twitter users have even suggested the actors themsevles may have recorded them.

When MailOnline asked the BBC to confirm if the three stars by Adrian DunbarVicky McClure and Martin Compston took part in the video, a spokesperson said: ‘This sketch is entirely independent of the BBC and we are not involved with it in any way so we are unable to assist.’

A spoof clip of Boris Johnson being interviewed about Partygate by an anti-corruption police unit during an episode of Line of Duty was released online

A spoof clip of Boris Johnson being interviewed about Partygate by an anti-corruption police unit during an episode of Line of Duty was released online

A spoof clip of Boris Johnson being interviewed about Partygate by an anti-corruption police unit during an episode of Line of Duty was released online

Anti-Brexit group Led By Donkeys were responsible for creating the video, which has gone viral

Anti-Brexit group Led By Donkeys were responsible for creating the video, which has gone viral

Anti-Brexit group Led By Donkeys were responsible for creating the video, which has gone viral

One of the show's main characters, Superindent Ted Hastings, played by Adrian Dunbar, is seen to be grilling Mr Johnson about Partygate

One of the show's main characters, Superindent Ted Hastings, played by Adrian Dunbar, is seen to be grilling Mr Johnson about Partygate

One of the show’s main characters, Superindent Ted Hastings, played by Adrian Dunbar, is seen to be grilling Mr Johnson about Partygate

One of the pieces of evidence used in the mock interview was a photo of Boris Johnson at a wine and cheese party on May 17, 2020

One of the pieces of evidence used in the mock interview was a photo of Boris Johnson at a wine and cheese party on May 17, 2020

One of the pieces of evidence used in the mock interview was a photo of Boris Johnson at a wine and cheese party on May 17, 2020

The fictional police officers seemed unimpressed with the Prime Minister's denials and rebukes

The fictional police officers seemed unimpressed with the Prime Minister's denials and rebukes

The fictional police officers seemed unimpressed with the Prime Minister’s denials and rebukes

The original show spent six series trying to work out the identity of the elusive ‘H’, a mastermind running the OCG (organised crime gang).

Superindentent Ted Hastings (played by Adrian Dunbar), DI Fleming (Vicky McClure) and DI Steve Arnott (Martin Compston) were the main characters in the show.

In the spoof video they are they three police officers interviewing not mystery man ‘H’ but Boris Johnson.

In the real drama ‘H’ turned out to be a  bumbling police detective within their own ranks. 

Yet in the parody video posted today, Superindent Hastings, DI Fleming and DI Arnott grill Mr Johnson for attending an alleged ‘bring your own booze’ garden party on May 20, 2020.

Clips of Mr Johnson telling Parliament he ‘beleived implicitly this was a work event’ and ‘it could be said technically to fall within the guidance’ were strategically used in the video as answers to the the police officers’ questions.

Social media users were quick to pile in with jokes underneath the video, with more than 39,000 people liking it online within just two hours.

Clips of Boris Johnson responding to questions of whether he was at a Downing Street party were skillfully merged with video from the hit TV drama

Clips of Boris Johnson responding to questions of whether he was at a Downing Street party were skillfully merged with video from the hit TV drama

Clips of Boris Johnson responding to questions of whether he was at a Downing Street party were skillfully merged with video from the hit TV drama

Other 'evidence' in the Line of Duty-style grilling was a photo of Mr Johnson's spokeswoman, Allegra Stratton, joking about a Christmas party with fellow aides at a mock press conference

Other 'evidence' in the Line of Duty-style grilling was a photo of Mr Johnson's spokeswoman, Allegra Stratton, joking about a Christmas party with fellow aides at a mock press conference

A photo of Mr Johnson's principal private secretary, Martin Reynolds, who invited more than 100 people to a 'bring your own booze' party on May 20 last year

A photo of Mr Johnson's principal private secretary, Martin Reynolds, who invited more than 100 people to a 'bring your own booze' party on May 20 last year

Other ‘evidence’ in the Line of Duty-style grilling was a photo of Mr Johnson’s spokeswoman, Allegra Stratton, joking about a Christmas party with fellow aides at a mock press conference (left) and a photo of Mr Johnson’s principal private secretary, Martin Reynolds, who invited more than 100 people to a ‘bring your own booze’ party on May 20 last year (right)

Social media users were quick to comment on the parody video, which racked up almost 40,000 likes in two hours

Social media users were quick to comment on the parody video, which racked up almost 40,000 likes in two hours

Social media users were quick to comment on the parody video, which racked up almost 40,000 likes in two hours

Twitter user Joanne Pen said: ‘If the Met won’t do it, at least we can always rely on AC-12’.

Meanwhile, Facebook user Prue Biddle said the video was ‘utterly brilliant and spot on’. 

It came after Boris Johnson insisted ‘categorically’ that ‘nobody told me’ a ‘BYOB’ bash in the Downing Street garden was not a work event – despite his former chief aide Dominic Cummings offering to swear on oath that he did.

The PM today denied lying about Partygate but admitted he was ‘deeply sorry’ for his ‘misjudgements’ as he desperately tried to defuse explosive claims from Mr Cummings that he misled Parliament. 

Source: Daily Mail UK

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