Actor and Line of Duty star, Adrian Dunbar has been spotted in Bury, filming scenes for his new drama, Ridley.

In the upcoming series, Mr Dunbar plays Detective Inspector Alex Ridley, a retired police officer who must return to his old role to investigate a gruesome murder.

Mr Dunbar was seen filming scenes in Market Place, Bury, reportedly talking to a man on top of a burger van.

The series was written and created by Paul Matthew Thompson, RTS Award-winning lead writer of ITV drama, Vera, and co-created by Jonathan Fisher, Managing Director of production company, West Road Pictures.

Mr Thompson will also be writing the series along with Midsomer Murders writer, Julia Gilbert.

Mr Dunbar said: "I don't think I've ever headed into a production with more excitement and enthusiasm.

"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 Johnathan 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."

As DI Ridley becomes involved with more cases, he partners up with former Protege, Acting DI Carol Farman, and the investigate a series of murders.

The drama is inspired by real-life detectives re-joining police forces in consultancy roles as resources become increasingly over-stretched and intends to explore thought-provoking crime stories.

Ridley has been commissioned for ITV by Head of Drama, Polly Hill and Drama Commissioner, Chloe Tucker overseeing production.

Ms Tucker commented: "We are absolutely delighted that Adrian Dunbar will be starring as the retired DI Ridley, a man who cannot leave police work behind.

"We are excited to be working with West Road Pictures again, and to be bringing Paul Matthew Thompson's brilliant scripts to screen."