‘Oh Jesus, Mary and Joseph and the wee donkey!’ If you are missing Ted Hastings and Line of Duty, then Ridley might just be the show for you.
This series of feature-length police shows not only has a familiar face in the lead role, but it also delivers complex and intriguing characters, sharp one-liners, and plotlines that will have you glued to the screen.
The problem for viewers outside the UK is that Ridley is not yet available. So, how can Line of Duty fans, and indeed cop show fans more generally, enjoy Ridley where they are?
The answer is actually quite straightforward, and in this guide, we will tell you everything you need to know.
Where is Ridley being shown?
Ridley is being broadcast live on ITV in the UK. It is also being streamed both live and on-demand on the ITV Hub online streaming service if you prefer to watch shows on other devices or at a time to suit you.
However, this is only the case for UK viewers, and if you try and watch Ridley on the ITV Hub from outside the UK, you will find it is unavailable along with all of the ITV Hub’s live streaming and on-demand content.
How do I watch Ridley where I am?
If you are outside the UK and want to stream Ridley on ITV Hub, you will need to use a Virtual Private Network or VPN to do it.
If you haven’t come across them before, a VPN is primarily an online security and privacy app. But it works by redirecting all your internet data through an external server, and this has the welcome effect of enabling you to unblock streaming services and other geo-restricted content as well.
VPNs have servers located all over the world, and when you connect to a server located in the UK, the ITV Hub and other UK-based streaming services will be tricked into thinking you are logging on from the UK even if you aren’t.
It will, therefore, let you stream Ridley no matter where you are located. In fact, you can tune in from pretty much anywhere in the world.
Where to get a VPN?
If you do a quick Google search, you will turn up hundreds of VPNs, but not all of them are good enough to stream ITV Hub content overseas.
The best VPN to use for this job is ExpressVPN.
It has lightning-fast connection speeds, which means no buffering or freezing pictures. It also offers lots of apps for just about every streaming device you can think of, a wide selection of UK servers to connect to, and even an impressive 30-day money-back guarantee.
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How to stream Ridley in any country
Once you have chosen your VPN, the worst is behind you. Now, all you have to do is get things set up, and that only takes a few minutes.
To help, here is a simple step-by-step guide for you to follow, using ExpressVPN as an example.
Visit the ExpressVPN website and choose your preferred subscription package. The 12-month deal is our suggestion as it will let you save 49% and gives you an extra three months for free too.
Download the ExpressVPN app onto your device. Make sure you always do this from either the ExpressVPN website or your app store.
Open the ExpressVPN app and log in to your account using your new account details.
Connect to a UK-based server. To do this, you just have to go to Selected Location, choose the United Kingdom, then press the Connect button.
All you have to do now is wait a few moments for ExpressVPN to establish a connection.
Lastly, open the ITV Hub app or webpage, log into your account if you have one (you can set up a free one if you need to), and then watch Ridley live or on-demand from wherever in the world you happen to be.
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What is Ridley all about?
ITV does very good cop shows, and Ridley is the latest in a long line emanating from the hit factory.
Despite the obvious Line of Duty connection, Ridley actually has more in common with Vera thanks to the stunning scenery in which it is set (this time Yorkshire as opposed to Northumberland).
The twist with this one is that the eponymous lead character is wallowing in grief after losing his wife and daughter in an arson attack eighteen months previously and has actually left the force. But his contacts and skills mean he is still much needed.
Each episode is feature-length and follows an individual case with twists and turns without ever being quite as clever as Line of Duty. But the plots still draw you in, and there is always a powerful and dramatic climax.
Who stars in Ridley?
If you haven’t already guessed, the main actor in Ridley is Adrian Dunbar, best known for his role as Detective Superintendent Ted Hastings in Line of Duty.
Unlike that role, Ridley sees Dunbar singing, as his character takes solace from his troubles by singing at a local jazz club.
There he also imparts his troubles on club owner Annie Marling played by Julie Graham (Shetland), and she is far from the only impressive name in a strong ensemble cast.
Ridley also stars George Bukhari (Ordinary Lies) as DC Darren Lakhan, Bronagh Waugh (Agatha and the Curse of Ishtar) as DI Carol Farman, and Georgie Glen (Calendar Girls) as Dr Wendy Newstone.
There are also impressive performances from Bhavna Limbachia (Coronation Street) as Geri Farman, Aiden McArdle (The Professor and the Madman) as Michael Flannery, and Terence Maynard (Sherwood) as DCI Paul Goodwin.
Fans of Line of Duty, Vera, and cop shows generally will definitely want to catch Ridley. But if you are abroad, that will be a bit more of a challenge.
That’s where a VPN can help, and ExpressVPN is the one to go for. Just sign up, download the app, log in, connect to a UK server, and then you can watch Ridley live or on-demand on the ITV Hub streaming service from anywhere in the world.
‘Mother of God’, if you like Adrian Dunbar, you won’t want to miss Ridley!
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