RIDLEY is a new ITV drama which follows a retired detective who returns to his old precinct to consult on an unsolved cold case.
Starring Line of Duty actor Adrian Dunbar, find out here if the series is based on a true story.
Is Ridley a true story?
Ridley is not based on a true story.
But it is loosely inspired by a real-life phenomenon of retired detectives returning to police work as consultants.
The official ITV synopsis explains that “when a local farmer is found dead, Ridley is called on by his ex-colleague and newly promoted DI Carol Farman to assist on a missing persons case that remains unsolved after 13 years.
"Ridley always suspected the investigation was flawed, and that the wrong man was tried for Hannah’s Lindsay’s abduction. As they delve deeper, they uncover another body, and a shocking secret.”
Who wrote and directed Ridley?
The ITV series was co-created by Paul Matthew Thompson and Jonathan Fisher.
Matthews is one of the lead writers of Vera, while Fisher is a producer on Blood, Hollington Drive, and Penance.
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Bryn Higgins directs episodes one and four.
Noreen Kershaw directs episode two, and Paul Gay directs episode four.
Who stars in Ridley?
Line of Duty star Adrian Dunbar plays protagonist Alex Ridley, the retired detective returning as a consultant.
Bronagh Waugh plays DI Carol Farman, Ridley’s former protégé and now his replacement.
Waugh has appeared in Des, Viewpoint, Strike, and Our House.
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Julie Graham also appears in the series, playing a regular patron at Ridley’s favourite jazz bar.
In recent years, Graham has starred in Shetland, Penance, and Doctor Who.
Rounding the cast is 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.
When will Ridley be available to watch on ITV?
Ridley will air at 8 pm on Sunday, August 28, 2022, on ITV.
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There will be four episodes in total with each one a feature-length of around two hours.
Fear not if you miss any episodes as they will become available to watch over on the ITV Hub once aired.
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