Ridley stars Adrian Dunbar as a retired detective, who is now working in a consultancy role, having resumed his partnership with former protégée, DI Carol Farman, who is now in charge of investigations.
Ridley is written and created by Paul Matthew Thompson, one of the lead writers of ITV’s iconic detective drama, Vera, and co-created by Jonathan Fisher (Blood, Hollington Drive, Penance), Managing Director of West Road Pictures.
The four feature length episodes were filmed across Northern England. The Ridley cast also includes Terence Maynard (Time, Coronation Street) as DCI Paul Goodwin, George Bukhari (Years and Years, The A Word) as DC Darren Lakhan, Georgie Glen (The Crown, Call the Midwife) as 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).
The series will introduce us to charismatic Alex Ridley, who has retired 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 crimesolving 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 real life retired detectives rejoining police forces in a consultancy role given increasingly over-stretched resources, Ridley will explore thought provoking crime stories in an original and distinctive way.
Ridley begins Sunday 28th August at 8pm on ITV.