Ridley on ITV: Rumored Release Date, Trailer, Plot, Cast


Adrian Dunbar won a legion of fans playing Superintendent Ted Hastings in the BBC’s police procedure, Line of Duty.

And the Northern Irish actor is returning in another policing role as he fronts ITV’s new detective drama Ridley, which should be hitting our screens this autumn.

Dunbar, 64, plays the title role of a retired detective who’s now working in a consultancy role. He resumes his partnership with his former protégée, DI Carol Farman (Bronagh Waugh), who’s now in charge of investigations – before their case takes a dark turn.

Here, we reveal everything we know so far about Ridley on ITV including the rumored release date, plot, cast list, trailer, and more.

What’s the release date of Ridley on ITV?

ITV hasn’t revealed the release date for Ridley, but we expect it will premiere this autumn. We’ll update this article when we know more.

Ridley consists of four, two-hour episodes.

What’s the plot of Ridley?

The series will introduce us to charismatic Detective Inspector (DI) Alex Ridley, who is retiring from the police after years of dedicated service. Ridley’s replacement is DI Carol Farman (Waugh), his former protégée whom Ridley mentored for many years.

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. With more intriguing cases to solve, Ridley will revive his formidable and successful partnership with Carol.

Inspired by the stories of real-life retired detectives who have returned to the force in consultancy roles to help out increasingly over-stretched colleagues, Ridley will explore thought-provoking crime stories in an original and distinctive way.

Who’s in the cast of Ridley?

  • Adrian Dunbar (Line of Duty, Broken) plays DI Alex Ridley

  • Bronagh Waugh (UnforgottenDerry Girls) plays DI Carol Farman

  • Terence Maynard (Time, Coronation Street) plays DCI Paul Goodwin

  • George Bukhari (Years and Years, The A Word) plays DC Darren Lakhan

  • George Glen (The CrownCall the Midwife) plays pathologist Dr Wendy Newstone.

The regular cast also includes Bhavna Limbachia (Citizen Khan, Coronation Street), Aidan McArdle (The Trial of Christine Keeler, The Fall) and Julie Graham (Shetland, Penance).

Is there a trailer for Ridley?

Not yet, but we’ll update this article when there is.

Who created Ridley?

Ridley is written and created by Paul Matthew Thompson, one of the lead writers of ITV’s iconic detective drama, Vera.

It’s co-created by Jonathan Fisher (Blood, Hollington Drive, Penance), Managing Director of West Road Pictures. Both will act as Executive Producers alongside Ingrid Goodwin.

It is a West Road Pictures Production for ITV in association with All3Media International.

Ridley premieres on ITV this autumn.

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