Ridley release date, cast, plot: When will Ridley come out on ITV?

Ridley release date, cast, plot: When will Ridley come out on ITV?

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Ridley has been teased by ITV for the past few months and it’s now almost time to see what the series will bring to the world of crime dramas. Starring Line of Duty actor Adrian Dunbar and Unforgotten’s Bronagh Waugh, there is plenty of excitement surrounding the upcoming mini-series. Express.co.uk has everything there is to know to watch Ridley.

When is Ridley out on ITV?

Ridley was originally given the green light in June 2021 so it’s been quite a wait.

Thankfully, the end is in sight as it has been announced that Ridley will premiere on Sunday, August 28, at 8pm on ITV.

Ridley will consist of four episodes in total with each one a feature-length of around two hours.

The series was written and created by Vera’s Paul Matthew Thompson and co-created by Hollington Drive and Blood’s writer Jonathan Fisher. 

Who is in the cast of Ridley?

Leading the cast of Ridley on ITV is none other than iconic Irish actor Adrian Dunbar as the charismatic Detective Inspector Alex Ridley.

Bar from playing Ted Hastings in BBC’s Line of Duty, Dunbar has been in The Crying Game, Hear My Song, Blood, Five Fables and Broken.

He will be joined by actress Bronagh Waugh as DI Carol Farman, who soap fans will best remember for her role as Cheryl Brady in Channel 4’s Hollyoaks for four years.

Some of its other stars will include Coronation Street’s Terence Maynard as DCI Paul Goodwin, Years and Years’ George

Bukhari as DC Darren Lakhan and The Crown’s Georgie Glen as pathologist Dr Wendy Newstone.

Dunbar has previously opened up about what it has been like starring in another police-based drama after Line of Duty.

He told the Belfast Telegraph: “Ted’s office-bound, uniform-bound, but once I see Ridley out of character he’s completely different. He’s complicated.

“He’s a bit gruff. You don’t feel a pile of warmth off him from the start.

“He’s a character who can progress throughout the series. It wasn’t a problem to play another cop!”

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What will Ridley be about?

Detective Inspector Alex Ridley (played by Adrian Dunbar) has retired from the force after years of dedicated service.

He is replaced by DI Carol Farman (Bronagh Waugh) Ridley’s former protégée who he mentored for many years before retiring.

In the drama, Carol enlists Ridley’s help on a complex murder case that takes a “dark and unexpected turn”.

She turns to her former mentor for guidance and unique insight in the hope of cracking the case.

Jonathan Fisher of West Road Pictures said: “We’re very proud to be bringing Ridley to the screen.

“A huge amount of work goes into originating a series of this nature, and we’ve been fortunate to work with an incredibly collaborative and dedicated team.

“It’s been a joy working closely with Adrian Dunbar on this project.

“Adrian [Dunbar] has brought a real passion and authenticity to the eponymous role, alongside a talented and diverse ensemble of supporting characters.

“We all very much hope that Ridley will join the canon of well-loved TV detectives.”

Ridley will premiere on Sunday, August 28, at 8pm on ITV.

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