Table of Contents
- ‘You really are an evil bitch aren’t you?’
- Eric Slater
- Sir Philip Cross
- Robert Greaves
- Lizzie Wilton
- Final thoughts
- Notes and queries
- Unforgotten season 3: What happened?
- Unforgotten season 4: What’s it about?
- Unforgotten season 4: Who’s in it?
- Unforgotten season 4: When’s it on TV?
- Unforgotten series 4: Sheila Hancock and Susan Lynch join guest cast
- Unforgotten series 4 – The Geek Lowdown
- Unforgotten series 4 story: the ‘most challenging case to date’ promises Lang
- Unforgotten series 4 cast: Killing Eve and Save Me’s Susan Lynch join cast
- Unforgotten series 4 episodes: producers kept in dark about the killer
- Unforgotten series 4 release date: not yet confirmed
- Meet the cast of Unforgotten series three
- Nicola Walker plays DCI Cassie Stewart
- Sanjeev Bhaskar plays DI Sunny Khan
- Alex Jennings plays Dr Tim Finch
- James Fleet plays Chris Lowe
- Neil Morrissey plays Pete Carr
- Kevin McNally plays James Hollis
- Bronagh Waugh plays Jessica Reid
- Sasha Behar plays Jamila Faruk
- Peter Egan plays Martin Hughes
“Unforgotten” Season 3 key art (Photo: Courtesy of John Rogers/Mainstreet Pictures)
It’s official: Cold case drama Unforgotten will be back this spring! Its third season will kick off on Masterpiece on Sunday, April 7.
The show stars Last Tango in Halifax’s Nicola Walker as DCI Cassie Stuart and Sanjeev Bhaskar as her partner in crime-solving, DS Sunny Khan. The two solve “emotionally charged and compelling” cold case murders and disappearances, and each season looks at the slow unraveling of a historical crime.
Unforgotten’s first two aired in the U.S. in 2018 in back-to-back installments, and the show was a surprise hit for PBS’ Masterpiece. Therefore, the news that the third season will be coming to America shouldn’t surprise anyone – but a firm airdate will likely delight fans who’ve been eagerly waiting for more.
— Masterpiece PBS (@masterpiecepbs) February 13, 2019
The series’ third season will add some familiar faces, including Victoria’s Alex Jennings, Line of Duty’s Neil Morrissey and Indian Summers’ James Fleet.
Per the official Masterpiece synopsis:
The pair will be joined this season by acclaimed actors Alex Jennings, Kevin R McNally, Neil Morrissey and James Fleet, who play a close-knit group of old school friends that have stood by one another through thick and thin.
However, when the body of a teenage girl who went missing at the turn of the millennium is found at a building site off the M1 motorway, the four men are placed under the spotlight and their relationships are tested to the limit.
Set across the south of England in locations including Norfolk, West Sussex, Bristol, Hampshire and London, the new season explores how everyday lives can be fractured and destroyed by one event, showing that appearances can often be deceiving.
Get a sneak peek at Season 3 courtesy of the ITV first look trailer that dropped last year:
The crime drama has officially been renewed for a fourth season, but we don’t know just yet when that will air just yet on either side of the pond.
If you missed Unforgotten Seasons 1 and 2, they are both currently available to stream via WETA Passport, and we have recaps where you can discuss each episode with other fans as you watch.
Are you looking forward to the return of Unforgotten? Mark your calendars for April!
(John Rogers / Mainstreet Pictures / Masterpiece PBS)
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What’s This TV Show About?
A PBS British crime drama, Unforgotten stars Nicola Walker, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Trevor Eve, Bernard Hill, Ruth Sheen, Tom Courtenay, Gemma Jones, Brian Bovell, Cheri Lunghi, Hannah Gordon, Claire Goose, Tamzin Malleson, Peter Egan, and Frances Tomelty. The series follows DCI Cassie Stuart (Walker) and DS Sunil ‘Sunny’ Khan (Bhaskar), as they investigate historic cold cases. In season one, after the bones of a young man are found at the site of a demolished house, Stuart and Khan have a 39-year-old murder to crack. Their investigation will shake up the lives of four people who have been waiting for this moment for nearly four decades.
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‘You really are an evil bitch aren’t you?’
A wedding, a funeral and a suicide: there’s a solid feeling of closure in an emotional finale where everyone gets what they deserve.
So in the end it was Claire who killed Jimmy. The “Claire as the killer with Eric protecting her” theory was first floated in the episode three comments, which makes DownFromTheCountry the Unforgotten champion (yes, it was a competition; sorry if I didn’t mention that before). As much as the show was about finding a killer, it was about unpacking motivations and chronicling consequences of past acts. It stayed psychologically astute and emotionally powerful until the end.
Tom Courtenay as Eric Slater and Gemma Jones as Claire Slater. Photograph: John Rogers/ITV
Having gone through the denial and anger stages of being accused of murder, Eric arrives at bargaining. For the promise of a transfer closer to Leslie, he tells Cassie that it was Claire who killed both Jimmy and Nicholas. It’s a tale so laughably preposterous it must be true and so it proves. Eric’s sexual relations with men proved a big stumbling block in their marriage and his lovers paid the ultimate price; Jimmy felled by a hammer to the head, Nicholas by a knife to the guts.
The deaths have tormented Eric ever since, driving him to the suicide attempt that put him in a wheelchair. Cassie thinks postpartum psychosis a likely factor in Claire’s killings. (Little understood in the 70s, the condition has since been successfully used in insanity defences in murder trials, notably that of Andrea Yates).
With Eric’s murder charge in the news, the rest of the Slaters have to deal with the press pack and Claire gets packed off to a country hideout.
With her mental deterioration only likely to accelerate, no one thinks a successful prosecution possible. Even though a flashback confirms she remembers murdering Jimmy, how could she reasonably defend herself? Eric will do time in prison but Claire gets away with a supervision order.
Don’t imagine that’s a victory, though. We haven’t seen much of the Slaters’ younger son Mattie (too busy “poncing off back to London”, to quote his brother) but it looks as if Claire is going to be seeing quite a lot of him.
“Me again,” he says with a malevolent glint in his eye as he gets her alone. His regular visits to his mother are merely to play Bait the Pensioner, tormenting her with sundry cruel tricks. You can understand the resentment, but he’s getting way too much pleasure from it.
Sir Philip Cross
The smoke has barely cleared from Colin Fenwick’s house before Asil is shaking Sir Philip down for £2m. The timing offends Sir Philip’s sense of decorum and old-school gangster etiquette.
“I know people, Asil,” he tells him, people who will make him defecate through his ears which seems more likely to confuse than anything. This kind of dick-swinging is fine with Lady Cross because, as his Lordship points out, she’s always known about and even liked the Frankie C side of her husband. You can’t account for the actions of an idolising son, though, and when Josh grasses him up, Sir Philip is shamed into confessing to arranging Fenwick’s murder.
“All I ever wanted was for my children to be better than me,” he tells Josh and Bella, confident that with the low bar he set, he has comfortably achieved this. Right before he stands trial, he does his bit for prison overcrowding and hangs himself in his cell. So long, Sir Philip.
We never got a chance to say: “Thank you for the opportunity”.
As Robert chats with Thea, you can see the family resemblance to Caroline although thankfully she’s significantly less violent. He looks likely to avoid a custodial sentence if he agrees in principle to pay all the embezzled funds back, which is a good result. It’s still bittersweet for Robert as his and Grace’s first grandchild is safely delivered via emergency section. There’s some redemption for him, though, after Thea tells Ellie and Grace that JoJo would have denied him access to his daughter if he ever told his family about her.
Happier times beckon. Robert walks Ellie down the aisle at the register office for her marriage to Tom. It’s not the church ceremony Robert wanted (as if any church would let him anywhere near the collection baskets). All things considered, though, things work out pretty well for him.
Ruth Sheen as Lizzie Wilton. Photograph: ITV
As the Big Issue seller confirms to Ray and Curtis that Lizzie jumped off the bridge, it feels as though Lizzie’s tragic life story has reached its inevitable conclusion. Fortunately, a passerby saves her and her reconciliation with Curtis and Ray is a sweet, authentic moment. Even the boys on the football team don’t have it in their hearts to bear a grudge. The Wiltons carry on honouring their dead son and whatever was left of Beth Laws is exorcised forever.
I braced myself for an unbearable misery fest in the final episode but it didn’t turn out that way. The only person dead was the never-easy-to-like Sir Philip. Emotionally, Claire as the killer and Eric the loving husband covering up was satisfying even if the plausibility of this depressed housewife taking out two strapping young men was shaky.
Lizzie and Robert deserved their second chances. One way or another they paid a price for their crimes. Jimmy’s mum got peace of mind and was able to bury her boy knowing the culprit, the narrative, and that he didn’t suffer. But best of all Cassie got the satisfaction that her instincts were right. Jimmy’s death not only mattered, it was explicable, if not prosecutable.
Throughout the Operation Yewtree saga that inspired Unforgotten, we would hear a sentiment along the lines of “it was the 70s, though” as if we all sleepwalked through some new Gomorrah and only twigged when it was too late. Nobody could escape their past on Unforgotten but ultimately it felt redemptive. People got what they deserved, good and bad.
What really impressed me was the discipline in the writing. Every action, every plot development and revelation felt organic, emerging inevitably from character and circumstance, not laziness or expedience. The story arc is complete now and nothing cries out for a sequel. That said, if Cassie and Sunny came across another cold case from another era with another set of suspects, I would very much be here for that.
Notes and queries
- There is some nice comic relief when Cassie walks in on her dad making out with Annie from The Feathers. Looks like everyone’s moving on.
- Not sure if I buy Eric’s explanation of his beating of Paul West as a bit of rough sex-play gone bad, but at least it’s more plausible than the football argument story he originally went with.
- Cassie showing Jimmy’s photo to Claire one, two, three, four times is just fantastic. Nicola Walker’s quiet intensity in these scenes is mesmerising.
- “Peace, perfect peace,” the inscription on Jimmy’s grave, refers to Edward H Bickersteth’s hymn.
- Thanks a million for your comments each week: always sharp and on point, they’ve been a big part of my enjoyment of the show.
- How was the finale for you? Did everyone get what was coming to them? Anyone feel let down?
Season 1 will be Available on DVD and Blu-ray on April 24
Season 2 will be Available on DVD and Blu-ray on May 15 from PBS Distribution
Both Programs Available on Digital HD Day after Broadcast
Premieres on MASTERPIECE on PBS Sundays, April 8 – May 13 (check your local listings)
Arlington, Va. – February 25, 2018 – PBS Distribution announced today it will be releasing the first two seasons of “MASTERPIECE MYSTERY!: UNFORGOTTEN” on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD. Two stone-cold cases of murder test the wits of crime-solving duo Detective Chief Inspector Cassie Stuart and Detective Sergeant Sunny Khan, played by Nicola Walker (Last Tango in Halifax) and Sanjeev Bhaskar (Indian Summers), in two seasons of the critically acclaimed UK crime series.
“UNFORGOTTEN SEASON 1” will be available on DVD and Blu-ray April 24, 2018 and “UNFORGOTTEN SEASON 2” will be available on DVD and Blu-ray May 15, 2018. Each season has a runtime of 270 minutes on 2 discs. The SRP for each DVD set is $34.99 and the SRP for each Blu-ray set is $39.99. Both programs will also be available for digital download.
The Telegraph (London) called Unforgotten’s opening episodes “the gateway to a labyrinth of absorbingly interconnected lives,” adding that Walker and Bhaskar
portray “two of the most credibly ordinary cops currently on the TV beat.”
The Australian (Sydney) singled out screenwriter Chris Lang as “a cunning master of parallel plotting. Compelling stuff.” And The Independent (London) lauded the remarkable supporting cast of “unforgotten and unforgettable actors.”
Joining Walker and Bhaskar is Peter Egan (Downton Abbey), who appears in both seasons as Cassie’s father and Tom Courtenay (Little Dorrit), who won a best supporting actor BAFTA for his role in the series. Also appearing in Season 1 are Gemma Jones (Bridget Jones’s Diary), Trevor Eve (Death Comes to Pemberley), Cherie Lunghi (Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein), Bernard Hill (Wolf Hall), Hannah Gordon (Upstairs, Downstairs), and Ruth Sheen (Another Year).
Guest stars in Season 2 include Badria Timimi (Syriana), Mark Bonnar (Line of Duty), Lorraine Ashbourne (Jane Eyre), and Rosie Cavaliero (Little Dorrit).
Season 1 opens with a human skeleton found beneath a basement. The remains could be centuries old—or four decades, as comes to light upon further investigation of the crime scene. Cassie and Sunny eventually discover the victim was a young man, Jimmy Sullivan and his nearly-disintegrated pocket diary leads the detectives to a list of names that may hold the key to solving the murder.
The list of names includes Sir Phillip Cross (Eve), a mobster who bribed his way into the aristocracy; Father Robert Greaves (Hill), a beloved vicar with a dark secret; Lizzie Wilton (Sheen), a reformed skinhead; and Eric Slater (Courtenay), an elderly, disabled bookkeeper taking care of his wife, Claire (Jones) who is suffering from dementia. They all lead very different lives, but something links them, something that explains Jimmy’s final resting place and the torture marks found on his bones.
Season 2 starts innocently enough with a routine river dredging operation. When the scoop brings up a soggy, old suitcase, the workers open it and find a corpse sealed up so long that the tissues have turned to a soapy substance. Gruesome forensic work identifies the victim as David Walker, a businessman missing for twenty-five years.
Cassie and Sunny locate Walker’s wife, Tessa Nixon (Ashbourne), now remarried. A hard-bitten DI herself, Tessa reminds her fellow police officers that “sixty-three percent of all murder victims are killed by their partners.”
“You’ll be thinking that, won’t you?” she says. “I would be.”
But Cassie and Sunny have other suspects to consider. A pager found with Walker’s remains leads them to Sara Mahmoud (Timimi), a Muslim teacher who wishes she’d never heard of David Walker. Other clues connect Walker with Colin Osborne (Bonnar), a gay attorney in the process of adopting a young girl with his partner; and Marion Kelsey (Cavaliero), a harried nurse in a children’s cancer ward.
The puzzle pieces won’t fit together—until, as The Telegraph admiringly notes, Cassie has an inspiration that climaxes in “the perfect ending.”
Unforgotten is a Mainstreet production for ITV. Chris Lang is the creator and writer. Andy Wilson is the director. The executive producers are Sally Haynes, Chris Lang and Laura Mackie. The producer is Tim Bradley.
The top-rated drama series on PBS, MASTERPIECE celebrated its 45th anniversary in 2016. It is presented on PBS by WGBH Boston. Rebecca Eaton is executive producer. Funding for MASTERPIECE is provided by Viking® and Farmers Insurance® with additional support from public television viewers and contributors to The MASTERPIECE Trust. MASTERPIECE is known for presenting iconic shows such as Downton Abbey, Sherlock, Victoria, Prime Suspect, Poldark and Wolf Hall.
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UNFORGOTTEN SEASON 1
Street Date: April 24, 2018
Run Time: Approx. 270 Minutes on 2 Discs
SRP: DVD, $34.99, Blu-ray, $39.99
Format: DVD, Blu-ray, and Digital HD
UNFORGOTTEN SEASON 2
Street Date: May 15, 2018
Run Time: Approx. 270 Minutes on 2 Discs
SRP: DVD, $34.99, Blu-ray, $39.99
Format: DVD, Blu-ray, and Digital HD
Fans of ITV’s Unforgotten are in luck – because the channel has revealed filming is underway on the highly-anticipated fourth series.
Writer Chris Lang said of the new season: “I am so excited to be bringing back the Unforgotten team for a fourth series, as Cassie and Sunny take on perhaps their most challenging case to date. Once again, we have assembled an astonishing cast, and I cannot wait to see how the very finest actors of their generation, start bringing my characters to life.”
Unforgotten season 3: What happened?
The third series featured a chilling ending of Alex Jennings’ Tim Finch confessing to a string of sexually motivated murders in exchange for a cup of tea, and our favourite cold case crime-fighter DCI Cassie Stuart agreeing to take a break from all that sleuthing.
Although the show’s future seemed uncertain, ITV confirmed that the hit crime drama will be returning for a fourth series. And yes, Nicola Walker will be bringing beloved detective Cassie back – hopefully a little more refreshed and less forgetful than last time.
Unforgotten season 4: What’s it about?
The fourth series opens with the discovery of a dismembered body in a scrap metal yard, which the team believe has been stored in a domestic freezer for thirty years. A unique Millwall Football Club tattoo leads to the victim being identified as Matthew Walsh, a young man in his mid-twenties who went missing in March 1990.
The team quickly track the purchase of the freezer to Robert Fogerty, but they are disappointed to learn he’s recently died a lonely, broken man. On looking further into his past, they discover a drink driving conviction on the same night their victim, Matthew Walsh, went missing, and intriguingly there were four passengers in the car with him at the time.
As the investigation progresses, we are introduced to Ram Sidhu and his wife Anna who are expecting their first baby together in London; Liz Baildon and her fiancée Janet who live in Cambridge; Fiona Grayson, her partner Geoff and their children in the Peak District; and Dean Barton and his wife Marnie who live in Rochester with their disabled son, Jack, and his younger sibling, Casper. All in their late forties, they appear to be in a good place, but the investigation has the potential to shatter their reputations, family relationships and the lives they’ve built over the last 30 years.
Meanwhile, after making the decision to retire from the police force for her own sanity and wellbeing, Cassie faces an impossible dilemma when she learns she isn’t entitled to her full pension payment unless she completes her thirty years of service. Disappointed and angry with her superiors and the system, Cassie has to make the gut-wrenching decision to return to work. Whilst her relationship with John is going strong, she also faces difficult times with both her son, who has moved back home, and her father, Martin, who is struggling with early dementia.
Of course, viewers can expect the unexpected. Chris is known for throwing in a few red herrings and shocking, unexpected twists, with Nicola telling Good Housekeeping: “With these scripts I find it impossible to tell who the killer is because that’s how Chris writes… He leads you down one lane, and then of course he’s just toying with you.”
The actress did hint that it’s often the bigger name who is the killer in crime dramas, because the more famous actors usually want the juiciest part.
“When I watch shows and there’s someone that’s a phenomenal actor, and they’re playing the part that really doesn’t seem like the killer, I tend to call it really early on,” she added.
“Because I know they wouldn’t take this job unless they had something really juicy to do in the storyline. So that is the annoying part of being an actor, and knowing other actors and knowing they’d do this.”
Unforgotten season 4: Who’s in it?
BAFTA nominated actors Nicola Walker (Last Tango In Halifax, The Split) and Sanjeev Bhaskar (Yesterday, Goodness Gracious Me) reprise their roles as DCI Cassie Stuart and DI Sunny Khan.
Unforgotten season 4: When’s it on TV?
Filming has begun so hopefully we won’t have too long to wait. Watch this space for an air date.
Unforgotten will return to ITV.
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Unforgotten series 4: Sheila Hancock and Susan Lynch join guest cast
Created by Chris Lang, ITV’s Unforgotten pairs Nicola Walker’s DCI Cassie Stuart with Sanjeev Bhaskar’s DI Sunil Khan. Along with their team, those two investigate decades-old murder cases, piecing together events that transpired many years ago to deliver justice and closure to the victim and their relatives.
Series one saw the duo called to investigate the remains of a man long-buried under the foundations of a London home, while series two began with the discovery of a skeleton dredged up from the River Lea. Series three was the distressing story of a missing teenager whose body was discovered under the central reservation of a motorway.
Series four, which starts with the discovery of a body stored for decades in a domestic freezer, will star New Tricks’ Sheila Hancock, Killing Eve’s Susan Lynch, Wanderlust’s Andy Nyman and more. See below for the full cast and plot details.
Unforgotten series 4 – The Geek Lowdown
How many series are there? Three with one on the way
Renewed or cancelled? Was renewed for series four in September 2018
Next series air date confirmed? Not yet, but expected in summer 2020
Where to watch? ITV1
Created by: Chris Lang (read our in-depth series 3 creator interview here)
What happened last time: here’s a series 1-2 recap, and more on series 3.
Unforgotten series 4 story: the ‘most challenging case to date’ promises Lang
The discovery of a dismembered body in a scrap metal yard, believed to have been stored in a domestic freezer for decades, is the starting point of series four, as reported here.
A unique tattoo on the corpse leads to the discovery of a 1990 crime involving four people now spread around the country. Ram Sidhu and his wife Anna live in London, with Liz Baildon and her fiancée Janet in Cambridge, Fiona Grayson and her partner Geoff in the Peak District, and Dean Barton and his wife Marnie living in Rochester. The investigation threatens to shatter their reputations, family relationships and lives.
Cassie’s retirement from the police force at the end of last series doesn’t go to plan, while her father’s illness worsens and her son returns to live at home.
Unforgotten series 4 cast: Killing Eve and Save Me’s Susan Lynch join cast
Leads Sanjeev Bhaskar and Nicola Walker will be joined by fellow returning castmembers Peter Egan (Cassie’s dad Martin), Alastair Mackenzie (as retired DCI John Bentley), Carolina Main (as DC Fran Lingley), Lewis Reeves (DC Jake Collier) and Jordan Long (DS Murray Boulting).
That lot will be joined by a cracking guest cast, including Sheila Hancock, Killing Eve’s Susan Lynch, Phaldut Sharma, Liz White, Andy Nyman, Claire Calbraith and Lucy Speed.
To jog your memories, previous series welcomed Tom Courtenay, Trevor Eve and Bernard Hill (series one), Mark Bonnar, Rosie Cavaliero and Adeel Akhtar (series two) and Alex Jennings, James Fleet, Kevin McNally and Neil Morrissey (series three).
Unforgotten series 4 episodes: producers kept in dark about the killer
Speaking at the BFI Radio Times Television Festival in April 2019, showrunner Chris Lang confirmed that even Unforgotten’s producers didn’t yet know who the murderer was in series four.
It’s a new approach for the show. In previous series, producers Laura Mackie and Sally Haynes have always been told the killer’s identity right from the off, but this time around, Mackie told the crowd at the BFI Unforgotten Q&A that being kept in the dark about the resolution during script development has enabled them to be objective about each episode. “You’re not bringing any baggage to it,” she explained.
Series three was another triumph for the show, delving not only into the historical hurts of another cold case, but also registering the toll Cassie’s decades of work in the police service took on her personally, a thread that will be revisited in series four.
Unforgotten series 4 release date: not yet confirmed
Unforgotten was officially announced as returning for series four back in September 2018. The cast readthrough took place on Monday the 13th of January 2020, as recorded by creator Chris Lang on Twitter below, which means filming will follow shortly. And as series three aired less than two months after filming concluded, we could even expect to see it as early as summer 2020.
What a cast! What a read through!What an entirely natural pose struck by me & @TVSanjeev. It all augurs well for series 4 of @UnforgottenTV #NicolaWalker @PeterEgan6 @almackenzie @andynyman @Lucyspeed #PhaldutSharma #LizWhite #SheilaHancock @OfficialJassa #SusanLynch #Unforgotten pic.twitter.com/WOO69kG3b2
— Chris Lang (@ChrisLangWriter) January 13, 2020
Read about the new British TV dramas on their way in 2020 here.
Meet the cast of Unforgotten series three
Nicola Walker and Sanjeev Bhaskar are back as cold case cops DCI Cassie Stewart and DI Sunny Khan – but series three of ITV’s Unforgotten has plenty of new faces in the cast as four childhood friends come under suspicion of murdering a teenage girl at the turn of the millennium.
- Unforgotten gets a fourth series
With actors you’ll recognise from The Crown, Pirates of the Caribbean, The Vicar of Dibley and Men Behaving Badly, here’s who stars in the ITV drama.
Nicola Walker plays DCI Cassie Stewart
Who is DCI Cassie Stewart? Forget maverick cops – Cassie Stewart is a professional, level-headed murder detective devoted to solving cold cases and bringing the killers to justice for the victims’ families. A widow, she lives with her father (Peter Egan) and has two grown-up sons. She has an excellent working relationship with her sidekick Sunny.
Where have I seen Nicola Walker before? You may have recently watched Nicola Walker play Jane Oliver in Collateral, or Hannah Sterne in The Split, or Gillian in Last Tango in Halifax, or perhaps you remember her as Ruth Evershed in Spooks? Other credits have included River, Babylon, Inside Men, and Torn.
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Sanjeev Bhaskar plays DI Sunny Khan
Who is DI Sunny Khan? Sunny is Cassie’s second-in-command. He is also dedicated to his job, working hard to solve long-ago murders with empathy and intelligence – despite being an overworked single father of two exasperating teenage girls.
Where have I seen Sanjeev Bhaskar before? Sanjeev Bhaskar is best known for his comedy work, starring in sitcom The Kumars at No 42 and appearing in the BBC sketch comedy series Goodness Gracious Me. You may have spotted him in Paddington 2 (as Dr Jafri) and The Indian Doctor (as Dr Prem Sharma). The actor has led the cast of Unforgotten alongside Nicola Walker since day one.
Alex Jennings plays Dr Tim Finch
Who is Dr Tim Finch? One of four old schoolfriends who come under suspicion of the murder of a teenage girl found buried under the motorway. He’s a successful GP in a country town, happily married to his second wife, and has two daughters (Emma and Claire) from his first marriage who he’s brought up himself.
Where have I seen Alex Jennings before? If you’re a fan of British drama, you’ve probably seen Alex Jennings all over the place in recent years. He is the Duke of Windsor in the first two seasons of The Crown and King Leopold in Victoria. Those aren’t the only royal roles on his CV either, as back in 2006 he played Prince Charles in The Queen. Jennings also starred alongside Hugh Grant in A Very English Scandal as MP Peter Bessell, and played Alan Bennett in The Lady in the Van.
James Fleet plays Chris Lowe
Who is Chris Lowe? Initially one of the most successful of the four friends, with his own advertising company, a house in Notting Hill and a wife and a daughter, he has since suffered a change in fortunes and is now practically homeless – living in a camper van. He has battled severe mental health issues over the years.
Where have I seen James Fleet before? James Fleet is most famous for his roles as the bumbling Tom in romantic comedy Four Weddings and a Funeral, and as Hugh Horton in The Vicar of Dibley. More recently he’s appeared as Reverend Wakefield in Outlander.
Neil Morrissey plays Pete Carr
Who is Pete Carr? A failed businessman. He’s never made much of himself, despite his ambitions and his years in Hong Kong trying to get his career off the ground. Having moved back to Norfolk and started a family, he’s struggling to make a living as a salesman. He talks big, but he’s just not up to the job.
Where have I seen Neil Morrissey before? The actor shot to national attention as Tony in Men Behaving Badly. Since then, notable roles have included Nigel Morton in Line of Duty, Eddie Lawson in Waterloo Road, Greg in The Good Karma Hospital, and Vincent Pike in Striking Out. He is also the voice of Bob the Builder.
Kevin McNally plays James Hollis
Who is James Hollis? Like Alex Jennings’ character Dr Finch, James Hollis has managed to make something of himself. He is a journalist and TV presenter, with his own quiz show for sixth formers called Common Sense. James Hollis is a public figure who is very much in the limelight. He is a divorced man with a troubled son.
Where have I seen Kevin McNally before? You’re most likely to know Kevin McNally from Pirates of the Caribbean, where he plays Mr Gibbs. His other credits include The Outpost (as The Smith), Designated Survivor (as Harris Cochrane) and Downton Abbey (as Horace Bryant).
Bronagh Waugh plays Jessica Reid
Who is Jessica Reid? The victim’s identical twin sister. The girl’s disappearance destroyed her parents and has left her with deep emotional scars and grief.
Where have I seen Bronagh Waugh before? You may remember her as Sally Ann Spector from The Fall. She’s also been Cheryl Brady in Hollyoaks.
Sasha Behar plays Jamila Faruk
Who is Jamila Faruk? Chris’s love interest in the series, a Syrian refugee and a widow. The two of them met at a refugee centre and have known each other for about two years. Jamila is from a middle-class Christian Syrian family and is an interesting and intelligent woman. She has a son (Asif) but lost her husband in a bomb attack.
Where have I seen Sasha Behar before? The actress first appeared as Maya Sharma in Coronation Street in 2003. Since leaving the show, she’s appeared in Strike Back, Luther (as Dani Lane) and both Casualty and Holby City (as Alex Broadhurst). She recently played the Seer in Da Vinci’s Demons.
Peter Egan plays Martin Hughes
Who is Martin Hughes? Cassie’s dad, who she lives with. He is a widower but is now in a long-term relationship with a new woman, a point of tension between him and Cassie.
Where have I seen Peter Egan before? A veteran actor, his credits include Hold the Sunset, Downton Abbey (as Hugh “Shrimpie” MacClare), Home Again, Big Breadwinner Hog, Prince Regent, and Ever Decreasing Circles.
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This April, PBS’ Masterpiece debuts Unforgotten, ITV’s star-studded cold-case mystery series. The cast alone makes it worth tuning in.
DCI Cassie Stuart: There’s no statute of limitations on murder.
Many people consider PBS and its Masterpiece series to be the U.S. equivalent of our BBC. Both are supported by government funding, neither has commercial breaks. Moreover, PBS seems to offer quite a few of the hit shows from across the pond for viewers here in America. But while it is true that some PBS shows on Masterpiece, like say Poldark or Sherlock, are pulled across the pond as soon as humanly possible, not all of Masterpiece’s programming is so timely in their transfers, and quite a bit of it is actually made up of ITV series with the commercials taken out.
Unforgotten falls into both those latter categories. This series is from ITV, and the first season, which debuts this Sunday, April 8th at 9 p.m., actually aired over two years ago in the U.K., in the Fall of 2015. The cast is a list of “who’s who” of British television talent. Nicola Walker (Last Tango In Halifax) and Sanjeev Bhaskar (The Kumars at No. 42) head up the cast as DCI Cassie Stuart and DS Sunny Khan respectively, two officers assigned to a cold case when a skeleton from the 1970s turns up in the middle of a commercial demolition site. Here’s the full synopsis:
A skeleton found in the cellar of a building being demolished prompts investigation from DCI Cassie Stuart and her colleague DI Sunny Khan into the murder of a young man that could potentially span back thousands of years.
Tracking down what happened forty years ago brings them in contact with four seemingly unconnected couples, all of whom eventually become suspects in the long-unsolved case. There’s Bernard Hill (Wolf Hall, Lord Of The Rings) as the vicar, Robert Greaves, and Hannah Gordon (Midsomer Murders, Monarch of the Glen) as his neglected wife. There’s Tom Courtenay (Last Orders, Little Dorrit) and Gemma Jones (Sense and Sensibility, Bridget Jones’s Diary) as the Alzheimer-fighting Slaters. Then there’s Brian Bovell (Love Actually, Hollyoaks) and Ruth Sheen (Doc Martin, Vera Drake) as a pair of bereaved parents, Ray and Beth Wilton. And finally Trevor Eve (Shoestring, Waking The Dead) is Sir Philip Cross, and his wife is played by Cherie Lunghi (Excalibur, Midsomer Murders).
Are you overwhelmed by the sheer list of names and credits? You should be because that’s where all the money went in this first season. Unfortunately, that means there wasn’t much left for script or plot. The latter is at least twisty enough to be satisfying over the course of a six-episode run, though there are definitely points in the first couple of episodes where things drag from unnecessary plot loops. But the former requires a love of all of the hokey cliches one finds in this sort of television murder mystery.
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The good news is that despite the cliched script, everyone involved has enough talent to make even the silliest lines seem believable and a commitment to their characters to carry the series and then some. And even when things are taking a while to get to the point, it’s enjoyable to simply spend time watching this ensemble work. This is definitely a show where the journey matters as much as the whodunit answer.
As for why it took so long for PBS to pick it up? Well, the reviews were not so hot for the first season, which were generally gaga for the cast, but much less so for the overall structure of the series. It took until 2017 for ITV to get around to attempting a second run of the show. That second season got much higher marks in terms of story, and much better reviews overall, which is why ITV is now filming a third season, most likely to air later this year, and PBS has decided it was worth a berth in the Masterpiece schedule.
Unforgotten premieres this coming Sunday, April 8, 2018, at 9 p.m. on most local PBS stations. Check your local listings.
ITV is bringing back hit cop drama Unforgotten for a fourth season.
The series, which is being developed in the U.S. for ABC by Josh Berman, Sony Pictures Television and BBC Worldwide Productions, has been handed a six-episode run following the success of the third season, which average 6M viewers an ep.
The Split’s Nicola Walker and Sanjeev Bhaskar (Goodness Gracious Me) return as two London detectives, who work together to solve cold case murders and disappearances. The first series explored the case of the death of a 16-year old schoolboy, the second investigated the murder of a political consultant and the current season looks at the killing of a schoolgirl who disappeared on New Year’s Eve.
Creator Chris Lang will write the episodes, which will be directed by Andy Wilson with Guy de Glanville as producer for Sally Haynes and Laura Mackie’s Mainstreet Pictures.
Lang told Deadline earlier this summer that he only wanted to bring it back if the whole team returned. “If I can get the team together, I have ideas, that’s never an issue, but it’s whether we can pull the same team together. There are very few shows on telly, if any, where you have the same director for 18 hours and the same production team and editors. We all know what we’re working towards and to do another one, we’ve got to make it even better, which is quite a big ask.”
Sally Haynes and Laura Mackie serve as Executive Producers alongside Lang and the show which is distributed by BBC Worldwide, was recommissioned by ITV Head of Drama Polly Hill.
Chris Lang said, “I am so delighted to have been asked to make a fourth series of Unforgotten. The reaction to series three was better than I could ever have expected (with more people watching the last episode than any other in all three series) and I cannot wait to discover what lies ahead for Cassie and Sunny, and to create a whole new cast of characters for them to grapple with.”
Hill added, “We have been delighted with the reception of the first three series of Unforgotten and are thrilled to commission a fourth instalment. Chris Lang’s writing is incredibly powerful and his storytelling utterly compelling, so we have no doubt that the new case will have viewers gripped again.”