ITV Orders Thriller Series ‘The Forgotten’ From Mainstreet Pictures

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ITV LogoITV is getting back into business with Laura Mackie and Sally Haynes.

The commercial broadcaster has given the greenlight to The Forgotten, a six episode thriller series about a cold murder investigation which is being produced by Mainstreet Pictures – the indie that was recently set up by the former ITV drama commissioners, who previously greenlit such series as Downton Abbey and Broadchurch.

The Forgotten tells the story of an 39 year old cold investigation into the murder of a boy, who was killed in 1976. The modern day investigation is run by DCI Cassie Stuart and DI Sunil ‘Sunny’ Khan, who must re-examine the evidence and investigate the key suspects: Robert Grieves, Frank Philip Cross, Lizzie Wilton and Eric Slater. The series utilises a multi-stranded narrative, set in different parts of the country, which explores and connects each of the principle characters.

Penned by Undeniable scribe Chris Lang, the six part series, which is the first commission for fledgling indie Mainstreet Pictures, was commissioned by ITV’s Director of Drama Steve November and ITV’s Controller of Drama Victoria Fea. Tim Bradley is set to produce, while Laura Mackie and Sally Haynes will executive produce. Casting is currently underway, with production expected to begin next March. BBC Worldwide has acquired global distribution rights to The Forgotten.

“We’re delighted to receive our first commission from ITV”, said Laura Mackie, Managing Director of Mainstreet Pictures.  “The Forgotten explores the idea of how well do you really know a person even though you’ve lived a lifetime with them.  Sometimes they turn out to be someone completely different, all with their own secrets and lies. Chris’s scripts are rich, multi-layered, intriguing and emotional.”

“The Forgotten will look at how an historic police investigation affects the lives of all those touched by it,” added Steve November, ITV’s Director of Drama. “Chris Lang’s scripts are wonderfully compelling as the mystery deepens and the police hunt for the killer intensifies.”