Line Of Duty’s Adrian Dunbar reveals his character in ITV’s Ridley will be a singing detective

Line Of Duty’s Adrian Dunbar reveals his character in ITV’s Ridley will be a singing detective and was delighted when producers agreed to his request

Adrian Dunbar has revealed his character in ITV‘s new detective drama, Ridley, will have a musical bent and was delighted when producers agreed to his request.

The Line Of Duty actor, 64, suggested the idea for protagonist Alex Ridley to sing in a nightclub he owns, as a way to cope with the death of his wife and daughter in a fire.

A man of many talents, Adrian performed Louis Armstrong classic What A Wonderful World on Irish talk show The Late Late Show in 2019.

Talented: Adrian Dunbar has revealed his character in ITV's new detective drama, Ridley, will have a musical bent and was delighted when producers agreed to his request

Talented: Adrian Dunbar has revealed his character in ITV’s new detective drama, Ridley, will have a musical bent and was delighted when producers agreed to his request

He told the Daily Mail: ‘Ridley’s on a journey of redemption after a tragedy, so there are aspects of his personality, such as his sense of humour, that we don’t see initially.

‘He isn’t at that place yet where he can laugh at things — but hopefully he will further down the line.’

Adrian previously played Ted Hastings in the BBC cult police show for six series. He says he’s delighted to be playing someone less office — and uniform — bound than Hastings.

‘Ted’s uniform, especially the starched white shirt, didn’t do me any favours,’ Adrian concedes.

Coming soon: The Line Of Duty actor, 64, suggested the idea for protagonist Alex Ridley to sing in a nightclub he owns, as a way to cope with the death of his wife and daughter in a fire

Coming soon: The Line Of Duty actor, 64, suggested the idea for protagonist Alex Ridley to sing in a nightclub he owns, as a way to cope with the death of his wife and daughter in a fire

He went on to joke: ‘I met a woman in Tesco who said: “You don’t look nearly as fat as you do in Line Of Duty. It’s probably those police-issue white shirts, isn’t it?” I thought: “Charming!”

Officially, ITV say they ‘can’t speculate’ about their new Sunday night detective drama filling the hole left by Morse and Endeavour and turning into a long-running staple.

It was reported in January that the first scenes of the year had been filmed in Lancashire.

The Irish actor will play Detective Inspector Alex Ridley, who is retiring from the police after years of dedicated service.

Old times: The upcoming show follows Dunbar's enormous success in writer Jed Mercurio's BBC hit Line Of Duty, where he won accolades for his role as Superintendent Ted Hastings

Old times: The upcoming show follows Dunbar’s enormous success in writer Jed Mercurio’s BBC hit Line Of Duty, where he won accolades for his role as Superintendent Ted Hastings

His replacement is DI Carol Farman, played by Bronagh Waugh, a former protégée whom Ridley mentored for many years and is now in charge of investigations.

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 crime-solving which has served them so well in the past, prompting him to revive their partnership.

Cast: He will star alongside DI Carol Farman, Bronagh Waugh, a former protégée whom Ridley mentored for many years and is now in charge of investigations (pictured in 2018)

Cast: He will star alongside DI Carol Farman, Bronagh Waugh, a former protégée whom Ridley mentored for many years and is now in charge of investigations (pictured in 2018)

The upcoming show follows Adrian’s enormous success in writer Jed Mercurio’s hit Line Of Duty, where he won accolades for his role as hot-headed Ted.

Confirming work on the four two-hour long shows, Adrian previously said: ‘Ridley has begun shooting and we really couldn’t be off to a better start.

‘Despite the wintry weather, everything from cast and crew right down to the catering is excellent.

‘Bronagh Waugh has stepped into her character’s shoes seamlessly and we have been joined by some great actors with more to come.’

Co-creator Jonathan Fisher, who also serves as Executive Producer on the new show, added: It’s a real thrill for filming to be underway with such a top-rate cast starring alongside Adrian Dunbar and led by a superb production team.

‘We can’t wait to share this absorbing new detective series with our audience.’

Ridley has been commissioned for ITV by Head of Drama, Polly Hill, with Drama Commissioner, Chloe Tucker overseeing production of the drama from the channel’s perspective.

Ridley will premiere on ITV this autumn. 

Exciting: Confirming work on the four two-hour long shows, Adrian previously said: 'Ridley has begun shooting and we really couldn’t be off to a better start' (pictured in October 2021)

Exciting: Confirming work on the four two-hour long shows, Adrian previously said: ‘Ridley has begun shooting and we really couldn’t be off to a better start’ (pictured in October 2021)

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