Jesus, Mary, Joseph and the wee donkey! Line of Duty actor Adrian Dunbar is back with a new detective drama and here’s everything we know.

The Northern Irish actor, 64, has delighted fans with news that he is returning to his detective roots after they fell in love with him as the BBC show’s Superintendent Ted Hastings.

Dunbar is fronting ITV’s new crime drama as the show’s title character retired Detective Inspector Ridley.

Here’s everything we know about the series so far from the release date to who will be starring alongside him.

Adrian Dunbar ITV detective series, Ridley, starts filming in Lancashire. Details – https://t.co/KGcRU8CILD pic.twitter.com/WpHE8HLSNn

— ITV Press Centre (@itvpresscentre) January 11, 2022

What is Adrian Dunbar’s new series release date?

As of yet, ITV has not announced an exact release date for Ridley.

However, filming began in early 2022 and the series is expected to be on our screens in the Autumn so it doesn’t look like fans will have long to wait.

How long will ITV’s Ridley be?

The new crime drama is said to be four episodes long which makes it perfect for bingeing as you stay cosy on the sofa this Autumn.

Each episode is also reportedly two hours long.

What is Adrian Dunbar’s new ITV crime series about?

The new policing production will see Dunbar play retired Detective Inspector Alex Ridley, who is brought back into the fold as a consultant by his former mentee, Acting DI Carol Farman.

ITV has given fans a snippet of what’s to come, writing in this teaser: “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.

“With more intriguing cases to solve, Ridley will revive his formidable and successful partnership with Carol.”

Adrian Dunbar new series: ITV Ridley Cast

Dunbar, who is also known for the thriller Blood, plays the title role, alongside Unforgotten’s Bronagh Waugh as DI Carol Farman.

Rounding out the main cast are Time’s Terence Maynard as DCI Paul Goodwin, The A Word’s George Bukhari (DC Darren Lakhan) and The Crown’s Georgie Glen (Dr Wendy Newstone).

Viewers weill also get to see Bhavna Limbachia (Citizen Khan), Aidan McArdle (The Trial of Christine Keeler) and Julie Graham (Shetland) who are also all part of the regular cast.

Is there an ITV Ridley trailer?

Unfortunately, fans don’t have a trailer to whet their appetite for the new series quite yet.