Everything we know so far about Unforgotten series 5

Naomi Gordon
·3-min read
Photo credit: ITV
Photo credit: ITV

This article contains spoilers for Unforgotten series 4.

It's official: ITV has confirmed that Unforgotten will return for series 5, with Sanjeev Bhaskar back to crack another cold case with a brand new partner in crime.

Season 4's heartbreaking finale saw Nicola Walker's DCI Cassie Stuart dying from the injuries she sustained in a car crash in the penultimate episode, while Bhaskar's DI Sunny Khan raced against the clock to solve the historic murder of Matthew Walsh.

Creator Chris Lang had told fans that more news about the police procedural would be released today (30 March), and now ITV has announced that the show will be back and Bhaskar will have a new co-star - who has yet be confirmed.

"ITV would like to thank Nicola Walker for playing the brilliant role of Cassie Stuart in four series of Unforgotten, which has become one of the best loved and most critically acclaimed police dramas on TV," the channel said in a statement. "Nicola and writer Chris Lang decided that Cassie's story would come to an end last night, but that Unforgotten would continue, in series 5, with a new case, and a new 'Partner in Crime' for DI Sunny Khan."

Here's everything we know about series 5 so far...

Unforgotten series 5: What will happen next?

We imagine that the format will be the same as the previous series, but this time DI Sunny will have a new colleague to help him solve murder cold cases. The drama usually begins with the London detectives reopening their investigations, before viewers are introduced to a group of characters who are somehow connected to the case. The whodunnit series follows the lives of these suspects as DI Sunny and Cassie eventually solve the crime.

Photo credit: MATT FROST/DES WILLIE - Getty Images
Photo credit: MATT FROST/DES WILLIE - Getty Images

Series four saw Sunny and Cassie, back on the team after she attempted to retire, investigating the murder of Matthew Walsh after his headless and handless body was found in a freezer in a scrapyard.

Unforgotten series 5: The cast

ITV has confirmed that Sanjeev Bhaskar will back as DI Sunny Khan - but Nicola Walker won't be reprising her role as Cassie Stuart, as her beloved character died in the series 4 finale.

We know that Bhaskar's Sunny will have a new partner of crime - but we don't know which actor has been cast just yet. And they are some big shoes to fill...

Photo credit: ITV
Photo credit: ITV

The cast changes for each series, with a new murder case and suspects. The show has become known for its impressive guest stars - acclaimed actor Tom Courtenay won a BAFTA for his role as Eric Slater in the first series. The Crown's Alex Jennings featured in series 3 as Dr Tim Finch, and series 4's cast boasted Susan Lynch (Bloodlands, Happy Valley, Apple Tree Yard), Sheila Hancock (A Discovery of Witches), and film and TV actor Phaldut Sharma.

So we can hopefully look forward to some more big names for season 5.

Unforgotten series 5: When will it air?

A series 4 only just concluded (29 March), we probably won't expect series 5 until spring 2022. The cast has yet to be announced, as has filming, which probably won't begin until the end of the year.

Unforgotten series 4 is available to stream on ITV Hub.

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