An announcement on the continuation of the show has been made following the conclusion of the fifth season of Unforgotten, which aired last night.
ITV has announced that they will be commissioning a sixth season of their popular police drama following the success of the most recent episode of the show in the series.
Unforgotten, which was initially shown in 2015 and has been a fan favourite ever since, was penned by Chris Lang, who has won multiple screenwriting awards. The most recent season, which concluded last night (April 3), was the first one in which DCI Cassie Stuart did not appear at any point (played Nicola Walker). Yet, it appears that fans were not deterred by the absence of the well-known character because the latest adventure is currently the most watched series on ITVX so far in 2018.
With Sanjeev Bhaskar (and his bag) making a comeback as DI Sunny Khan, and Sinéad Keenan’s DCI Jessie James taking over for Cassie, the first episode of the fifth series has become the most watched show on ITV so far in 2018.
The most recent season investigated the circumstances surrounding the passing of Precious Falade, including the potential roles played by her estranged mother Ebele (Martina Laird), son Jay (Rhys Yates), social worker Karol Wojski (Max Rinehart), and Conservative politician Tony Hume (Ian McElhinney).
We found out earlier that Hume is Ebele’s father, which means that he was Precious’s grandfather. The tense conclusion centred on the difficult character of Hume, who played a crucial role in the drama. Ebele reveals to Sunny and Jessie that he sexually assaulted her mother while she was employed as a cleaner at the business owned by Ebele’s father.
Tony had been giving Ebele money over the years, and in episode six, we find that he was called to the house where the killings took place because Precious’s son was in a drug-induced state and demanding money from Tony. Ebele had been receiving money from Tony over the years. You may recall that Joseph Bell’s body was discovered buried in a garden in the episode from the previous week, and that unregistered Jay had been using his identity ever since. Unfortunately, this wasn’t Jay; it was Jay’s half-brother, Joseph Bell.
According to Hume, what transpired on that tragic night was that Joseph pulled the gun, Precious tried to get a hold of it, and as a result, Joseph was accidently shot dead. She wound up shooting herself in the chest after realising that she had killed her son. Ebele came at the house just as Hume was taking Joseph out of the house to bury him. Ebele was so traumatised by the experience that she eventually stuffed her daughter’s body up the chimney.
On the other hand, Jay, who was present during the incident when he was a toddler, presented a contradictory account of the happenings. He then told Sunny and Jessie that Hume was choking Joseph, leading to Joseph pulling a revolver, which resulted in Precious being shot inadvertently. Joseph, who was inconsolable, handed the gun to Tony, who proceeded to shoot Joseph in the head.
After Hume’s arrest, it would appear that this matter is closed. On the other hand, in an unexpected turn of events, Jay reveals to Ebele that he has been lying all along and that the Lord was, in fact, telling the truth. He says that Hume ought to be punished for the rape of Ebele’s mother as well as everything else that has transpired with the family since then.
And with regard to the reason why Hume appears to accept this? Because, ultimately, he only has a very short time to live anyhow owing to a fatal condition, it is likely that the guilt he feels for all of the awful things that he has done is the driving force behind his decision to take his own life.
Although getting off to a chilly start, fans are hoping that Sunny and Jessie’s friendship will continue to blossom in the next sixth series of the show, which has already been confirmed to feature both characters. Chris Lang is going to be the one responsible for writing all of the new episodes.