Good police procedurals are something the UK does consistently well on television. You won't be short of great British crime dramas like “Broadchurch,” in which David Tennant and Olivia Coleman appear, or the still-running “Silent Witness,” which began broadcasting in 1996 and has had 23 seasons to date.
Line of Duty” on BBC and “Unforgotten” on ITV, two of the most popular current dramas, are examples of programs that have developed loyal followings and routinely topped the ratings.
The latter series, which premiered in 2015, follows a group of London detectives led by DCI Cassie Stuart (Nicola Walker) and DS Sunil ‘Sunny' Khan as they investigate cold cases (Sanjeev Bhaskar).
Unforgotten” focuses on a fresh cold case each season, following Cassie and Sunny as they investigate the murder and pursue the people involved in the homicide investigation. Remains uncovered during the demolition of a house are the subject of the first case in Season 1. Seasons 3 and 4 focus on Cassie's relationship with her father, who has been diagnosed with dementia, while the duo's personal lives continue to evolve.
It was just a few months ago that the fourth season of “Unforgotten” aired on ITV before moving to PBS, and fans are already inquiring about the fifth. So far, here's all we know about “Unforgotten's” upcoming fifth season. The fourth season of “Unforgotten” will be subject to spoilers.
One thing that the United Kingdom consistently delivers in terms of television is good crime procedurals. With intense characters and gut-wrenching crimes, there is seriously no shortage of British crime dramas for fans of the genre to check out, including favorites like “Broadchurch,” starring David Tennant and Olivia Coleman, and “Silent Witness,” which started airing in 1996 and is still ongoing, with 23 seasons and counting.
While there are always new dramas coming out, the ongoing shows tend to develop loyal fans and consistently top the rating charts, like with “Line of Duty” on BBC and “Unforgotten” on ITV.
Starting in 2015, the latter series centers around a team of London detectives investigating cold cases, led by DCI Cassie Stuart (Nicola Walker) and DS Sunil ‘Sunny' Khan (Sanjeev Bhaskar). Each season of “Unforgotten” focuses on a new cold case after a body is found, following Cassie and Sunny as they unravel the mystery behind the murder and chase down the people involved.
In Season 1, the case involves a 17-year-old boy whose remains are found during the demolition of a house. At the same time, personal developments going on in the duo's personal lives, with Seasons 3 and 4 exploring Cassie's relationship with her father after he is diagnosed with dementia.
Season 4 of “Unforgotten” finished its run on ITV in March before going on to air on PBS, and fans are already wondering about Season 5 — especially after that Season 4 finale shock. Here's everything we know so far about “Unforgotten” Season 5. Please note, there will be spoilers for “Unforgotten” Season 4.
When will Unforgotten Season 5 come out?
In the case of “Unforgotten,” the first season premiered in October 2015, the second season premiered in January 2017, and the third season premiered in July 2018. Season 4 of “Unforgotten” was delayed until February 22, 2021, as a result of the epidemic and filming limitations.
The good news for “Unforgotten” fans is that the show has already been renewed for a fifth season, as writer Chris Lang revealed on Twitter shortly after the Season 4 conclusion.
The return to regular production schedules of many television shows means that “Unforgotten” is likely to follow suit. Since the show is expected to return in late spring or early summer of 2022, fans can expect to see the London detectives again.
Fans of “Unforgotten” should keep in mind that the industry could experience problems in late 2021 or beyond that could postpone the following season's release, but as of right now, everything appears to be on schedule.
Who will be in the cast of Unforgotten Season 5?
Part of what's always brought fans back to “Unforgotten” each season is the friendship between Cassie and Sunny as they work on cases together. At the end of Season 4, their collaboration comes to an end when Cassie dies from a head injury after a vehicle incident. In a statement issued on the show's official Twitter, ITV commended Walker for “performing the magnificent part of Cassie Stuart” in “Unforgotten,” before revealing that Walker and Lang determined jointly that Cassie would meet her end in the Season 4 finale.
The statement then went on to declare that the show will be returning with Season 5 “with a fresh case, and a new ‘Partner in Crime' for DI Sunny Khan.”
Walker's decision to depart the series likely has to do with her upcoming crime thriller “Annika,” or she just felt it was time for Cassie's journey to end.
Despite the tragic news of Walker's leaving, the show must go on, and there will be someone new coming in as Sunny's companion. ITV has made no statement yet regarding who will be replacing Cassie, so fans with have to wait and watch as development proceeds on Season 5.
As for the remainder of the cast, there will be new actors filling out the surrounding positions connected to the new case, although certain characters will continue over from Season 4.
This includes Jordan Long as DS Murray Boulting, Lewis Reeves as DC Jake Collier, Carolina Main as DC Fran Lingley, Georgia Mackenzie as Dr. Leanne Balcombe, Janet Dibley as Jenny, and Michelle Bonnard as Sal, Sunny's romantic life partner.
A number of the other recurrent characters are up in the air due to their close ties to Cassie, however, her boss, Colin R. Campbell as DSI Clive Andrews, will certainly return as well.
What will Unforgotten Season 5 be about?
Matthew Walsh's decapitated body is found in a freezer in a trash dump in the fourth season of “Unforgotten.” Cassie is compelled to return to work after taking a sick leave owing to her mental breakdown in Season 3's dark case.
She also has to deal with her father's dementia and her changing relationship with him. Sunny looks to be doing well at work and with Sal, but he is anxious about Cassie.
Walsh was not entirely innocent, as he committed several terrible crimes shortly before his death, as shown in Season 4. But it was his murder of Stephen, Dean's (Andy Nyman's) brother, that prompted Dean to seek vengeance and murder Walsh.
Cassie is T-boned by a fast car shortly before the truth is revealed and the guilty are arrested. The doctors try to revive Sunny, but she dies in operation.
Sunny and the rest of the crew will miss Cassie while adjusting to a new companion (whoever that may be). It will be a difficult time for the investigators, but they must keep working. Lang recently spoke to PBS's Masterpiece 50 “It's the story's most political so far, with a tiny ‘p.' And it introduces him to a new companion in crime, which is beautiful and refreshing. That's all I can say about it. She's at a different life stage. She's a babe He has a new boss.”