DS Steve Arnott and Chief Constable Osborne have had many running battles on BBC’s hit cop drama Line of Duty.
And now it was time for their real-life personas to take the rivalry to the golf course.
Martin Compston, who plays DS Arnott, and Owen Teale, known for portrayal of Chief Constable Osborne, posed for pics as they called fore on the greens.
Martin, 36, shared the snap with his social media followers alongside the caption: “Amazing to get on a course on day off with the big fella, no caddy’s of course with Covid [eye emoji].” [sic]
Martin showcased a wide grin on the photo while Owen, 59, was seen casually propping himself up using his club.
However, fans weren’t so happy to be casting their eyes on the shot.
Many took to social media to share feelings of uneasiness at seeing the pair laughing and joking out of character.
One commented: “The reaction I had to this picture was totally unreasonable,” while another admitted their brain “can’t compute this photo”.
In hilarious fashion, a third put: “This picture feels illegal.”
Martin’s cheeky “no caddy” comment comes after detectives on the show had previously hunted high and low for an informer in the force named “the caddy”.
The golfing term was used by the character of Dot Cottan, who previously worked as a golf caddy for OCG leader Tommy Hunter, and subsequently earned his nickname.
The latest episode of Line of Duty saw research reveal links between Osborne and the corrupt former Detective Chief Inspector Marcus Thurwell along with the death and later coverup of Lawrence Christopher.
Arnott and Osborne’s long-running battle can be tracked back to the very first episode of the show in 2012.
After armed police shot the wrong man in a failed counter terrorism raid, Osborne ordered the officers involved to cover up the error.
He made claims that the innocent victim was acting in an aggressive manner in order to justify the shooting.
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However, Arnott – a DI at the time – wasn’t willing to play along with the lies and refused to be part of the cover-up.
He later testified against his former colleagues at the inquest before transferring to AC-12.
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