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Unforgotten season 5: ITV releases new plot details after Sinéad Keenan announcement

With production for season 5 of Unforgotten now underway, more details have emerged after writer Chris Lang confirmed actress Sinéad Keenan will be appearing in the new series.

Keenan is to play DCI Jessica James, replacing Nicola Walker’s Cassie Stuart.

ITV says that the new series will open with the clock ticking down to DCI James’s first day in her new job with an unforeseen and devastating introduction to her family life. Determined to make a good first impression with her new colleagues, will Jess be in the right frame of mind to deliver and inspire the team? And inevitably how will the ghost of much-loved former colleague Cassie Stuart haunt her?

After all, Cassie will be big shoes for her to fill. Does she have the resolve, professionalism and spirit to live up to her much-admired and respected predecessor? Jess’s first case is the discovery of human remains in a newly renovated period property in Hammersmith, London. But how long have they been there and is this a murder dating back to the 1930’s or has the body been disposed of in more recent times?

As the murder mystery unfolds, we’ll explore the lives of several central characters Jay, played by Rhys Yates, Bele with Martina Laird in the role, Tony played by Ian McElhinney, and Max Rinehart as Karol, who on the face of it appear seemingly unconnected to the victim. Hayley Mills will also play Tony’s wife, Emma.

DI Khan’s loyal and hard-working cold case investigations team are also back together for the series with Jordan Long as DS Murray Boulting and Carolina Main as DC Fran Lingley reprising their roles. Returning to the series are Georgia Mackenzie as pathologist Dr Leanne Balcombe, Michelle Bonnard as Sunny’s partner, Sal and Pippa Nixon as DC Kaz Willets.

Speaking about her addition to the cast, Keenan said: “I have long been an admirer of Chris Lang’s work so I am absolutely delighted to be joining the Unforgotten team. I’m very much looking forward to working with the extraordinary cast led by the brilliant and incredibly lovely, Sanjeev Bhaskar. And I’m hoping that if I play my cards right I might even get to take a peek in Sunny’s backpack!”


Unforgotten announces Nicola Walker replacement for season five

Unforgotten, the fantastic ITV crime drama – a perennial in our end-of-year lists – has announced who will be taking over from Nicola Walker in season five.

The drama – or creator Chris Lang – produced a twist for the ages at the end of series three when Walker’s beloved character Cassie Stuart was killed off. However, after confirming the show would continue with a new actress – and character – to partner Sanjeev Bhaskar’s Sunny Khan, the thinking caps went on to try and figure out who it was

Over the weekend, Lang teased that today was the day that the new actress would be revealed. And it is… *drumroll*… Sinéad Keenan.

In a tweet, Lang said: “Delighted to be able to finally tell you that the brilliant @SineadKeenan
will be joining the gorgeous @TVSanjeev to play D.C.I Jessica ‘Jessie’ James to his D.I. Sunil ‘Sunny’ Khan in #Unforgotten 5.

“Shooting started…about an hour ago. How lucky are we.”

Forty-four-year-old Irish actress Keenan was last seen in BBC crime drama Showtrial at the end of 2021.


Unforgotten recommissioned for a fifth series by ITV

Unforgotten fans where left in emotional limbo last night, when the death of Cassie Stuart caused them to weep openly, as well as hope and pray for a new, fifth series.

And now ITV has confirmed that Chris Lang will be back for a fifth run of the outstanding British crime drama.

Furthermore, ITV said that Sanjeev Bhaskar will return as Sunny Khan, but will be joined by a new, as-yet-unnamed new partner.

ITV said: “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.

“Nicola and writer Chris Lang decided that Cassie’s story would come to an end last night but that Unforgotten would continue, in series five, with a new case, and a new ‘Partner in Crime’ for DI Sunny Khan.”

In response, Sanjeev Bhaskar tweeted his reaction to the news.

He said: “Delighted @ITV has recommissioned @UnforgottenTV & more of @ChrisLangWriter’s fab writing.

“I’ll continue to watch & learn from #NicolaWalker as I’ve done these past 5 years, glowing with pride as my friend excels in everything she does.

“She’s a personal & national treasure.”

More news as we get it.