Line Of Duty’s Adrian Dunbar Cast As The Leading Role In New ITV Police Show Ridleyd

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Line Of Duty’s Adrian Dunbar to star in new ITV police show Ridley as a retiring detective who is coaxed back to police to solve a grizzly murder

ITV has announced a new detective drama starring Line Of Duty star Adrian Dunbar, titled Ridley.

The series portrays a retiring detective inspector, Alex Ridley, played by Adrian, who has been pushed out of the job he loves.

Adrian has performed as Superintendent Ted Hastings in Line Of Duty on BBC One for the past six years and has become a TV fan favorite over the past ten years.

New part: ITV has announced a new detective drama starring Line Of Duty star Adrian Dunbar, titled Ridley

Speaking of the new show, he said, “I don’t think I’ve ever gone to a production with more excitement and enthusiasm.

“As an actor I know how rare it is to get such a great opportunity and the combination of Polly Hill and Chloe Tucker at ITV and Jonathan Fisher at West Road Pictures means we are in safe and creative hands.

“Jonathan and I have worked closely together on the highly successful ‘Blood’ series, and I’m confident we can bring some of that magic to Ridley.

“It comes down to getting the team together and developing a show that the audience can find both entertaining and captivating.”

On the force: Adrian has performed as Superintendent Ted Hastings in Line Of Duty on BBC One for the past six years and has become a TV fan favorite over the past ten years [pictured with co-star Vicky McClure in LOD series 4]

On the force: Adrian has performed as Superintendent Ted Hastings in Line Of Duty on BBC One for the past six years and has become a TV fan favorite over the past ten years [pictured with co-star Vicky McClure in LOD series 4]

In the plot, Ridley is replaced by his former protégée, acting DI Carol Farman, who later enlists him as a police adviser in a complex murder case.

This then takes a dark and unexpected turn, and he is lured out of retirement into his former role and rekindles his association with Carol.

Paul Matthew Thompson – one of the lead writers on ITV detective drama Vera – co-wrote and co-created the show with Jonathan, and both will serve as executive producers.

Jonathan said: ‘I couldn’t be happier to be starting Ridley as we continue to build the West Road production slate with our second contract for ITV.

Long-running role: Adrian has been portrayed in the most recent series Line Of Duty with Anna Maxwell Martin

Long-running role: Adrian has been portrayed in the most recent series Line Of Duty with Anna Maxwell Martin

“We are so excited to once again work with the inimitable Adrian Dunbar to bring Paul Matthew Thompson’s characterful and captivating scripts to life.

“ITV has a good tradition of providing much-loved detective series, and it’s a real privilege to bring Ridley to the air.”

Paul added: ‘I am delighted to be working with Jonathan Fisher and West Road Pictures to bring Ridley to life for ITV.

Just so delighted to be portrayed by the iconic Adrian Dunbar. With his casual quirks, a heart on his sleeve and a unique approach to crime solving, we hope Ridley will soon join the canon of favorite TV detectives.”

Shooting of the four two-hour episodes will begin later this fall.

About the new show, he said: 'I don't think I've ever gone to a production with more excitement and enthusiasm' [pictured in LOD last month]

About the new show, he said: ‘I don’t think I’ve ever gone to a production with more excitement and enthusiasm’ [pictured in LOD last month]

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