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Adrian Dunbar's new crime drama Ridley starts filming in Lancashire


Adrian Dunbar’s new crime drama Ridley starts filming in Lancashire with actor playing retired detective in first role since Line Of Duty finale


Adrian Dunbar’s new ITV detective drama Ridley has filmed its first scenes of the year in Lancashire, with the Line Of Duty star taking the titular role across four two-hour episodes. 

Dunbar, 63, will play Detective Inspector Alex Ridley, who is retiring from the police after years of dedicated service. 

His replacement is DI Carol Farman, played by Bronagh Waugh, a former protégée whom Ridley mentored for many years and is now in charge of investigations.  

Coming soon: Adrian Dunbar's new ITV detective drama Ridley has begun filming in Lancashire, with the Line Of Duty star taking the titular role across four two-hour episodes

Coming soon: Adrian Dunbar’s new ITV detective drama Ridley has begun filming in Lancashire, with the Line Of Duty star taking the titular role across four two-hour episodes

When he’s enlisted by Carol as a police consultant on a complex and compelling murder case, the investigation takes a dark and unexpected turn. 

Turning to her old mentor for support, Carol is keen to access Ridley’s unique insight into crime-solving which has served them so well in the past, prompting him to revive their partnership. 

The upcoming show follows Dunbar’s enormous success in writer Jed Mercurio’s BBC hit Line Of Duty, where he won accolades for his role as hot-headed Superintendent Ted Hastings. 

New role: Dunbar will play Detective Inspector Alex Ridley, who is retiring from the police after years of dedicated service (pictured on set)

New role: Dunbar will play Detective Inspector Alex Ridley, who is retiring from the police after years of dedicated service (pictured on set)

Filming will take place at various locations across Northern England with a cast that also includes Terence Maynard  as DCI Paul Goodwin, George Bukhari as DC Darren Lakhan and Georgie Glen as pathologist Dr Wendy Newstone.    

Confirming work on the four two-hour long shows, Dunbar said: ‘Ridley has begun shooting and we really couldn’t be off to a better start. 

‘Despite the wintry weather, everything from cast and crew right down to the catering is excellent. 

‘Bronagh Waugh has stepped into her character’s shoes seamlessly and we have been joined by some great actors with more to come.’ 

Old times: The upcoming show follows Dunbar's enormous success in writer Jed Mercurio's BBC hit Line Of Duty, where he won accolades for his role as Superintendent Ted Hastings

 Old times: The upcoming show follows Dunbar’s enormous success in writer Jed Mercurio’s BBC hit Line Of Duty, where he won accolades for his role as Superintendent Ted Hastings

A work in progress: Filming will take place at various locations across Northern England, but an official air date is yet to be formally announced

A work in progress: Filming will take place at various locations across Northern England, but an official air date is yet to be formally announced 

Co-creator Jonathan Fisher, who also serves as Executive Producer on the new show, added: It’s a real thrill for filming to be underway with such a top-rate cast starring alongside Adrian Dunbar and led by a superb production team. 

‘We can’t wait to share this absorbing new detective series with our audience.’  

Ridley has been commissioned for ITV by Head of Drama, Polly Hill, with Drama Commissioner, Chloe Tucker overseeing production of the drama from the channel’s perspective.

An official release date is yet to be formally announced.  

Drama: The series will find Detective Inspector, Alex Ridley pushed out of the job he loves

Drama: The series will find Detective Inspector, Alex Ridley pushed out of the job he loves

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