'Line Of Duty's' Adrian Dunbar moves on from AC-12 in new ITV crime drama

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Adrian Dunbar has been cast as a retired detective in ITV drama, Ridley (BBC)

Line Of Duty’s Adrian Dunbar is trading in the role of Superintendent Hastings for a gritty new detective job in ITV drama, Ridley.

The 62-year-old actor has been cast as the leading man in the new crime drama, created by Vera’s Paul Matthew Thompson and Blood producer Jonathan Fisher.

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Dunbar will star as Detective Inspector Alex Ridley, who reluctantly retires from the police force after 25 years in the homicide division.

However, his new quiet life is quickly disrupted when his former protégée, DI Carol Farman, contacts him for help when a new murder case proves particularly difficult.

Adrian Dunbar attending the TV Choice Awards held at the Hilton Hotel, Park Lane, London. (Photo by Matt Crossick/PA Images via Getty Images)
Adrian Dunbar at the TV Choice Awards in 2019. (Matt Crossick/PA Images via Getty Images)

Acting as a consultant, Ridley is soon back in his element - but will he be able to solve one last case?

On his new project, 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.”

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"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," he added.

“Here's to getting the team together and developing a show that audiences can find both entertaining and engaging."

Writer 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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