Adrian Dunbar is already back playing another detective (Picture: BBC/World Productions/Steffan Hill)
Adrian Dunbar is starring in another detective drama following the staggering success of Line of Duty.
The 62-year-old has starred as Superintendent Ted Hastings for six series of the BBC thriller and will now be jumping over to ITV for the new series Ridley, created by Vera writer Paul Matthew Thompson.
Ridley will follow charismatic Detective Inspector Alex Ridley, who is retiring from the police after 25 years as a homicide copper.
He’s been nudged out of the job he loves and will be replaced by Acting DI Carol Forman, his former protégée whom Ridley mentored for many years.
But 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’.
‘I don’t think I’ve ever headed into a production with more excitement and enthusiasm,’ said Adrian.
The Line of Duty star is thrilled to star in Ridley (Picture: Ken McKay/ITV/REX)
‘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.’
Matthew Thompson added: ‘I am thrilled to be working with Jonathan Fisher and West Road Pictures to bring Ridley to life for ITV.
‘Equally delighted that he’ll be portrayed by the iconic Adrian Dunbar.
‘With his maverick idiosyncrasies, a heart on sleeve empathy and a unique approach to solving crime we hope Ridley will soon join the canon of favourite TV detectives.’
Ridley will air on ITV.
Credit: Original article published here.