Attention readers! It’s time to get straight back into solving more mysteries! Continue reading to find out more about Ridley Season 2.
Yes, you read it right, beloved fans! The thrilling ride will continue as the network has officially commissioned a second series, which will make the fans ready to embark on this new chapter by picking up right where the first season left off, which promises to delve even deeper into the complex web of mysteries surrounding its enigmatic protagonist! The show will return to perfectly capture the essence of what you’ve come to know and love about Ridley!
There is no doubt left that the anticipation of knowing what the series has in store is something that needs to be addressed as soon as possible! You don’t have to worry; to curb all your worries, we have provided all the latest details about the highly anticipated second season, especially for you right here at Web News Observer. As, it’s the best time to not miss out on the unexpected plot twists that will leave you on the edge of your seat, craving more action than before!
Here is everything we know so far about Ridley Season 2.
Ridley Season 2 Release Date: When will the new season premiere?
Even though it took ITV over a year to make the official renewal announcement, Ridley’s return for another round shouldn’t come as much of a surprise as it was a major hit for the British broadcaster in the summer of 2022, with episodes averaging 6 million viewers over four installments, which is a great reception for a short series!
Hence, the second season may see a slight reduction in the gap for producing new episodes because the ongoing 2023 WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes will not have the same type of impact on British dramas as they would have on American ones since they are not subject to the same union regulations, which is great for the creators to resume the work without any unnecessary halt in the development.
We also predict that the show’s second season will debut at some point in 2024, which will be ideal to have a release set around early to mid-2024, though we’ll just have to wait and see when the production will exactly happen for it to effectively make its official comeback next year. Many fans are speculating that the second season might return to being a summer premiere, just like the first season was a part of the summer lineup.
Until there is any confirmation, we’ll just have to wait to get a clearer idea of what lies ahead in the near future when the filming officially commences! In the meantime, one can only hope for the best! *Finger’s Crossed*
Ridley Season 2 Plot: What to expect?
If you’ve seen the show, then there is no doubt that Ridley is putting a unique spin on the classic crime-solving drama inspired by real-life former detectives!
This police procedural drama is created and written by Paul Matthew Thompson, who is a screenwriter of the police drama Vera, and Jonathan Fisher. The series showcases a former detective inspector who is brought back in as a consultant 18 months after an early retirement due to a nervous breakdown from having to come to terms with the loss of his wife and daughter in a house fire. He spends some of his retirement time as a pianist and singer in a jazz club of which he is a co-owner. He assists former colleague Carol Farman, newly promoted to detective inspector.
So, there is no doubt that this series will continue to take inspiration and stay true to the theme from the first season. As it is expected to feature the first of the 120-minute feature-length mysteries, which differ from one another in each episode as the cases are unique from one another by being an electrifying rollercoaster ride to take viewers on a mind-bending journey, they won’t soon forget by crafting a plot that pushes the boundaries of imagination and challenges our perception as it is a murder-of-the-week series!
According to the series writer, the working partnership with former colleague Carol Farman will be “tested” in the second season! “Adrian Dunbar’s brilliant portrayal struck a chord with ITV viewers, and I can’t wait to share what happens next, as the singing detective settles into his new role of Copelton Police Consultant,” added Thompson. “Ridley’s unique and idiosyncratic approach to crime solving will once more be at the forefront of each feature-length investigation. His animated partnership with DI Carol Farman will be tested, as together they set out to solve some dark and unsettling crimes.”
Ridley Season 2 Cast: Who will return?
The main cast members who are speculated to reprise their roles are as follows: Adrian Dunbar as Alex Ridley, former detective now police consultant; George Bukhari as DC Darren Lakhan; Bronagh Waugh as DI Carol Farman, team leader and Ridley’s former protege; Georgie Glen as Dr. Wendy Newstone, police pathologist and chief forensics officer; Terence Maynard as DCI Paul Goodwin, who runs the police force; Julie Graham as Annie Marling, owner of jazz club and friend of Ridley; and Bhavna Limbachia as Geri Farman, Carol’s wife.
The supporting cast members who are also expected to retune are as follows: Aidan McArdle as Michael Flannery, who murdered Ridley’s wife and daughter in an arson house fire intended to kill Ridley; Jacquetta May as Kate Ridley, Ridley’s wife murdered in the house fire; Tareq Al-Jeddal as Jack Farman, teenage son of Carol and Geri; Kitty Watson as Ella Ridley, Ridley’s daughter murdered together with her mother in the house fire; and Steve Holness, Sophie Alloway, and Rory Dempsey as the House Band, musicians at Marling’s jazz club.
Of course, some of these castings are still subject to change as per the requirements for the second season, just like the way the guest stars from the first season were rumored to not return, which included Joanna Riding as Eve Marbury, a jazz singer, and Jack Deam as Duncan Darwin, an automobile mechanic. There can be some new cast members, as it is a mystery-case-based show that will need new casting, which will be disclosed in the near future once the official production commences. Until then, we’ll just have to wait and speculate!
Lastly, the episodes will be written by Vera show writers Paul Matthew Thompson and Michael Bhim, alongside Julia Gilbert. Thompson is also signed on to executive produce alongside Ridley co-creator Jonathan Fisher and Ingrid Goodwin. Meanwhile, Juliet Charlesworth is also returning as producer. ITV drama commissioner Huw Kennair-Jones was delighted to green-light Ridley for a second series. “We can’t wait to welcome Adrian back to ITV as we return to the beautiful Lancashire countryside for four brand new cases for Ridley and the team to investigate. And we’re looking forward to working with West Road Pictures and Paul Matthew Thompson on what promises to be another great series.”
Ridley Season 2 Episodes: Where to stream?
The next season is confirmed to include four new episodes, which will be 2 hours each, including advertisements for the broadcast, just like the first season. The details about the episode titles and synopsis have not been released yet, as it can lead to early spoilers if disclosed right now!
“There can be no greater endorsement of hard work and talent than the recommission of a series, and to that end, we have to thank ITV and the British public for taking Ridley in such numbers,” said Dunbar. “We shall certainly work just as hard to keep the standard we have set, and I look forward to developing Ridley as a character over the next four episodes.”
All the prior episodes of the series are available to stream on ITV, ITV Hub, and PBS. For international viewers, the series is also available on Prime Video, Roku, and Flicks, among other platforms, which depend on the user’s location. For viewers where the series isn’t available, you can watch Ridley online by using (VPN).
Ridley Season 2 Official Trailer: Has it been released?
We would like to highlight that the network hasn’t released any new promotional stuff for the second season as filming hasn’t begun yet, and the release date hasn’t been disclosed, leaving a lot of time for marketing to begin.
We’ll have to wait for it for some time! Until then, fans can check out the first season trailer to recap all the events that transpired which followed, “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.”
Catch up on all the episodes, and let us know what you think of Ridley being renewed for Season 2 in the comments.