ITV has announced today that critically acclaimed drama, Unforgotten, will return for a fourth series.
Produced by Sally Haynes and Laura Mackieâ€™s Mainstreet Pictures, the new series will see BAFTA award nominees Nicola Walker (Last Tango In Halifax, The Split) and Sanjeev Bhaskar (Goodness Gracious Me, Paddington 2) reprise their roles as DCI Cassie Stuart and DI Sunny Khan as they investigate another emotionally charged and compelling cold case.
Praised for its realistic portrayal of a police procedural, empathetic approach and powerful performances, each series of Unforgotten follows the unravelling of a historical crime. Attracting a high calibre of acting talent, previous series have starred stellar names including Tom Courtenay who won the Best Supporting Actor BAFTA for his performance in 2016, Trevor Eve, Ruth Sheen, Mark Bonnar, Wendy Craig and Lorraine Ashbourne. The latest series which aired earlier this summer featured moving performances from Alex Jennings, Kevin McNally, Neil Morrissey and James Fleet.
The new six-part series will once again be penned by creator Chris Lang (Innocent, Dark Heart) and directed by Andy Wilson (Ripper Street, Endeavour), both of whom have worked on all three of the previous series. Guy de Glanville (Unforgotten, Age Before Beauty) will also return as producer.
Writer and Executive Producer Chris Lang said:
â€śI am so delighted to have been asked to make a fourth series of Unforgotten. The reaction to series 3 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.â€ť
The commission follows the huge success of the third series which aired on ITV earlier this year. Proving immensely popular with viewers and critics alike, the drama was hailed as â€śtelevisionâ€™s best crime dramaâ€ť by The Daily Telegraph and â€śthe yearâ€™s most addictive thrillerâ€ť by The Independent Online. The series finale received average consolidated figures of 6.9m and a 28% share.
The new series has been commission by ITVâ€™s Head of Drama, Polly Hill, who said:
â€śWe have been delighted with the reception of the first three series of Unforgotten and are thrilled to commission a fourth instalment. Chris Langâ€™s writing is incredibly powerful and his storytelling utterly compelling, so we have no doubt that the new case will have viewers gripped again.â€ť
Executive Producers Laura Mackie and Sally Haynes added:
â€śUnforgotten has gone from strength to strength and we were so pleased to see the audience grow for the third series.â€ť
Series 4 of Unforgotten will see Mainstreet Picturesâ€™ Sally Haynes and Laura Mackie as Executive Producers alongside creator Chris Lang and will be distributed by BBC Worldwide.