Line of Duty star Adrian Dunbar is joining a new ITV detective drama, Ridley.
Dunbar will play the lead role of DI Alex Ridley, swapping one detective show for another – he's perhaps best known for his role as AC-12 superintendent Ted Hastings on Line of Duty.
Vera writer Paul Matthew Thompson has created and written the series, also writing episodes one, two and four, while Midsomer Murders' Julia Gilbert has scripted episode three.
Blood producer Jonathan Fisher co-created the series alongside Thompson – of course, they also worked together previously on the Channel 5 thriller Blood, where Dunbar starred as Jim Hogan.
Speaking about Ridley, Dunbar said: "I don't think I've ever headed into a production with more excitement and enthusiasm. As an actor I know how rare it is to be given such a wonderful opportunity, and the combination of Polly Hill and Chloe Tucker at ITV and Jonathan Fisher at West Road Pictures means we are in both safe and creative hands.
"Jonathan and I worked closely together on the very successful series Blood, and I'm confident we can bring some of that magic to Ridley. Here's to getting the team together and developing a show that audiences can find both entertaining and engaging."
Dunbar's character, Detective Inspector Alex Ridley, is set to retire from the force after years of service. Alex has spent 25 years as a homicide police officer, and the idea of retiring isn't appealing to him as he feels he's got plenty left to give.
When Alex retires, he is replaced by his former protégée, Acting DI Carol Farman. But when Carol is faced with a complex murder, she reaches out to her former mentor Alex and brings him in to consult on the case.
"I couldn't be happier to be getting started on Ridley, as we continue to build the West Road production slate with our second commission for ITV. We're so excited to be teaming up once again with the inimitable Adrian Dunbar, bringing to life Paul Matthew Thompson’s characterful and engaging scripts," Fisher added.
"ITV has a fine tradition of nurturing much-loved detective series, and it's a real privilege to be bringing Ridley to the channel."
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