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Line Of Duty star Adrian Dunbar gets into character on the set of gritty new police drama Ridley


Adrain Dunbar was spotted filming his new gritty new police drama Ridley in Manchester on Monday. 

The Line Of Duty star, best known for his role as Chief Superintendent Ted Hastings,  was spotted filming scenes while mingling with extras next to a burger van in the Lancashire city. 

The series will portray a retiring Detective Inspector, Alex Ridley, played by Adrian, who has been pushed out of the job he loves.  

New drama: Adrain Dunbar was spotted filming his new police drama Ridley in Manchester on Monday

New drama: Adrain Dunbar was spotted filming his new police drama Ridley in Manchester on Monday

Adrian appeared to be dressed in character as he filmed scenes in a distressed brown leather jacket and black jeans.

The Irish star has acted as Superintendent Ted Hastings in Line Of Duty on BBC One for the past six years, and has become a favourite with TV fans over the past decade.

Of the new show, he said: ‘I don’t think I’ve ever headed into a production with more excitement and enthusiasm.

New series: The series will portray a retiring Detective Inspector, Alex Ridley, played by Adrian, who has been pushed out of the job he loves

New series: The series will portray a retiring Detective Inspector, Alex Ridley, played by Adrian, who has been pushed out of the job he loves

Scene: The Line Of Duty star was spotted filming scenes next to a burger van in the Lancashire city

Scene: The Line Of Duty star was spotted filming scenes next to a burger van in the Lancashire city 

Dramatic: A crowd gathered as the actor filmed scenes for his latest drama

Dramatic: A crowd gathered as the actor filmed scenes for his latest drama 

Tense: The star looked deep in character as she filmed some dramatic scenes in a distressed brown leather jacket

Tense: The star looked deep in character as she filmed some dramatic scenes in a distressed brown leather jacket

‘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.’

The plot sees Ridley replaced by his former protégée, Acting DI Carol Farman, who later enlists him as a police consultant on a complex murder case.

He's back! He has an argument with a police officer in another dramatic scene

He’s back! He has an argument with a police officer in another dramatic scene 

Of the new show, he said: 'I don't think I've ever headed into a production with more excitement and enthusiasm

Of the new show, he said: ‘I don’t think I’ve ever headed into a production with more excitement and enthusiasm

Plot: The plot sees Ridley replaced by his former protégée, Acting DI Carol Farman, who later enlists him as a police consultant on a complex murder case

Plot: The plot sees Ridley replaced by his former protégée, Acting DI Carol Farman, who later enlists him as a police consultant on a complex murder case

Exciting: This then takes a dark and unexpected turn, and he is enticed out of retirement into his former role and revives his partnership with Carol

Exciting: This then takes a dark and unexpected turn, and he is enticed out of retirement into his former role and revives his partnership with Carol

When? The four, two-hour episodes will begin filming later this autumn

When? The four, two-hour episodes will begin filming later this autumn

First look: He has an argument with a police officer in another scene

First look: He has an argument with a police officer in another scene 

This then takes a dark and unexpected turn, and he is enticed out of retirement into his former role and revives his partnership with Carol.

Paul Matthew Thompson – one of the lead writers of ITV detective drama Vera – has written and co-created the show, alongside Jonathan, and both will act as executive producers.

Jonathan said: ‘I couldn’t be happier to be getting started on Ridley, as we continue to build the West Road production slate with our second commission for ITV.

Uneasy: The actor looked over his shoulder in another tense scene

Uneasy: The actor looked over his shoulder in another tense scene

On set: In another scene the star had a worried look on his face as he stares at a piece of paper outside a cafe

On set: In another scene the star had a worried look on his face as he stares at a piece of paper outside a cafe

On the force: Adrian has acted as Superintendent Ted Hastings in Line Of Duty on BBC One for the past six years, and has become a favourite with TV fans over the past decade [pictured with co-star Vicky McClure in LOD series 4]

On the force: Adrian has acted as Superintendent Ted Hastings in Line Of Duty on BBC One for the past six years, and has become a favourite with TV fans over the past decade [pictured with co-star Vicky McClure in LOD series 4]

Long-running role: Adrian is pictured on the most recent series of Line Of Duty with Anna Maxwell Martin

Long-running role: Adrian is pictured on the most recent series of Line Of Duty with Anna Maxwell Martin

‘We’re so excited to be teaming up once again with the inimitable Adrian Dunbar, bringing to life Paul Matthew Thompson’s characterful and engaging scripts.

‘ITV has a fine tradition of nurturing much-loved detective series, and it’s a real privilege to be bringing Ridley to the channel.’

Paul 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.’

The four, two-hour episodes will begin filming later this winter.

Of the new show, he said: 'I don't think I've ever headed into a production with more excitement and enthusiasm' [pictured in LOD ]

Of the new show, he said: ‘I don’t think I’ve ever headed into a production with more excitement and enthusiasm’ [pictured in LOD ]



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