Unforgotten, Season 5: What We Know So Far About Renewal & Premiere Dates

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After a three-year gap between seasons 3 and 4, Unforgotten fans will be pleased to know the show is not only renewed for season 5, but it's due to arrive on our screens within the next year or so. Those who've seen season 4 may understandably have mixed feelings about a fifth season, but it will be interesting to see what that new season looks like. 

Spoiler alert: Keep in mind that some big things happened in season 4, and while we haven't mentioned those things YET, it's all but impossible to discuss the upcoming season 5 without mentioning a few details that could spoil your enjoyment of season 4. If you aren't caught up, we recommend not reading ahead unless you don't mind spoilers.

What's Unforgotten About?

For those who haven't seen the show, Unforgotten follows a pair of London detectives as they solve serious cold cases involving things like murder and disappearances. DCI Cassie Stuart (Nicola Walker) and DI Sunny Khan (Sanjeev Bhaskar) play the lead roles, and each series follows a new case that carries over between episodes. 

The series is unlike some crime dramas in that it also follows the emotional impact of the crime and investigation. We also see more of the investigators' own lives than in many “pure procedural” dramas. 

If you haven't already watched the series, you can watch it HERE on Amazon Prime Video and PBS Masterpiece in the US. In the UK, Unforgotten airs on ITV and ITV Hub.

What's Happening in Season 5 of Unforgotten?

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Sunny and Cassie in a previous season of Unforgotten

Reminder: This is your last chance to look away before learning things you might not want to know about season 4 of Unforgotten.

Season 5 of Unforgotten will follow the devastating season 4 finale where Cassie was in a car accident and died of a brain injury. Given that so much of the series revolved around the close relationship between Cassie and Sunny, it's hard to even imagine how the show will continue without becoming a shadow of its former self.  

Back in the fourth season, we saw Cassie returning from sick leave after a mental breakdown from the trauma of everything in her life. The case she'd worked was intense, and her father was diagnosed with dementia. The new case for the season focused on the murder of Matthew Walsh, a man whose headless body had been found in a trash pile.

We learned that Walsh wasn't exactly an innocent, and he had committed a few of his own horrific crimes before meeting his bad end. He had killed the brother of a suspect, and that turned out to be the reason for Walsh's murder. 

Unfortunately, before the truth came out, Cassie was hit by a speeding car and suffered a major head injury. As she was in hospital, Sunny went on to finish the investigation. Sadly, Cassie would die in surgery in the emotional season finale. 

Few details about the upcoming season 5 have been made available, but writer Chris Lang has mentioned in a PBS interview that the new season will be the most political one so far. He said: 

It's the most political of the story so far, ‘political' with a small ‘p.' It really addresses where the UK is as a country politically, and it obviously introduces a new partner in crime for him, which is just lovely and refreshing. It's a woman, and she's pretty different from Cassie, that's kind of all I can say. She's at a very different stage in her life. She's younger. She's his boss again.

Who's in Season 5 of Unforgotten?

Barring any possible flashbacks, it's safe to say Nicola Walker won't be returning as Cassie. Walker and Lang decided together that Cassie would meet her end in the season 4 finale, and that makes it sound like Walker was ready to move on and close out any possibilities of a return.

Walker recently appeared in the series Annika, based on the BBC Radio 4 play Annika Stranded. The TV adaptation sees Scandinavian detective Annika Strandhed (Walker) solving crimes in the Scottish Highlands.

But what about the rest of the Unforgotten cast? It's been confirmed that Sanjeev Bhaskar will be returning to play DI Sunny Khan, but there's been no official announcement yet about who will play his new partner. 

We can also expect to see the likely return of Jordan Long as DS Murray Boulting, Colin R. Campbell as DSI Clive Andrews, 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.

There's no word on whether some of the recurring characters from Cassie's personal life will return in any fashion. It would be nice to get proper closure on all those little threads. 

When Does Season 5 of Unforgotten Premiere?

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Season 5 of Unforgotten is likely to air in late 2022

Filming for the new season begins in March of 2022, so it's too soon to have a precise date for the premiere of season 5. Based on the filming date, our best guess would be late 2022, but since we're in COVID times, you never know what might come along to change that.

In the UK, expect to see season 5 of Unforgotten on ITV. In the US, it's likely the new season will air on PBS/PBS Masterpiece as the previous seasons have. 

Will You be Tuning in for Unforgotten, Season 5?

After the way the last season ended, some people have sworn off Unforgotten for good. Are you one of them? Or will you be tuning in to see what the new partnership is like? 

 

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26 Comments

  1. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE pick up the new tv adaptation from Inbetweeners producer Fudge Pach & Ocean Independent DCI Jim Daley 8 episode series giving RORY MCCANN his first leading manrole!

  2. This was a binge watch for, as most British shows have been, and while Cassie was such a force in the show, I absolutely will keep watchung.

  3. Great writing by Chris Lang and the cast in the series give unforgotten depth and feeling rarely seen these days.more power to your pen Chris you nail it so well.

  4. My wife and I will definitely be watching (assuming we are still around). We will definitely miss Nicole in her Cassie role, but we loved and appreciated Sanjeev as the frame for his partner’s genius. Whomever is chosen for his new partner/boss will be fortunate. Much luck to the Unforgotten team.

  5. YES,YES, YES. I HAVE TO KNOW WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO THE REST OF THE CREW!!!!!! THIS IS A WONDERFUL PROGRAM. YOU CAN REALLY GET INTO THE STORIES. CANT WAIT FOR THISON PBS!

  6. Can’t wait for my favorite PBS series to start playing again! Guess I must wait. Who will be the new boss? Oh, such a interesting and mesmerizing show! Keeps me on my toes asking questions.

  7. Definitely will keep watching. Such a thought provoking series. I was heartbroken over Cassie’s death but I am looking forward to what comes next. Love the show.

  8. Was sorry to see Nicole will be gone. I will watch future shows to see new partner. Wish there was not such a long wait

  9. We will definitely watch, love Sanjeev. Just hope they get who he is paired with right as Nicola a big act to follow. Imo she made a very bad decision in leaving as Annika was beyond dreadful and would definitely never watch that again but respect her right to choose. Can’t wait for series 5 ❤️

  10. I will be back. The series is so well done, with intense and engaging stories. Even though Cassie is gone, I think Sunny and the rest of the team with a new partner (and boss) will keep me watching.

  11. I was very sad that she died but I really like the rest of the character. Especially sunny so I will continue watching it hopefully it will be as good as the other ones have been I’m a fan of the program

  12. I will watch Unforgotten for as long as it airs. Don’t know that there’s anyone who can replace Nicola Walker! Will continue to watch for Sanjeev Bhaskar and the rest of the cast – hopefully they’ll ALL be back! Love the show!!

  13. I’ll watch, for sure. I’ll miss Cassie, of course, but there should still be lots of interesting plot and well acted characters!

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