ITV has locked down the core cast for Unforgotten.
Sanjeev Bhaskar (The Kumars), Nicola Walker (Last Tango In Halifax), Trevor Eve (Waking The Dead), Bernard Hill (The Grid), Ruth Sheen (Our Girl) and Tom Courtenay (The Dresser) have signed on to star in the six episode thriller series, which hails from former ITV drama executives Laura Mackie and Sally Haynes’ fledgling indie Mainstreet Pictures, TVWise has learned exclusively.
Unforgotten (previously known as 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 Greaves, Frank Philip Cross, Lizzie Wilton and Eric Slater – in order to close the case. The series utilises a multi-stranded narrative, set in different parts of the country, which explores and connects each of the principle characters.
Sanjeev Bhaskar and Nicola Walker are set to lead the cast as Detective Sergeant Sunil ‘Sunny’ Khan and Detective Chief Insepector Cassie Stuart, respectively. Trevor Eve plays Sir ‘Frank’ Philip Cross, Bernard Hill portrays Father Robert Greaves, Ruth Sheen has been cast as Lizzie Wilton, while Tom Courtenay is set as Eric Slater.
Beyond the principle cast, the thriller will feature a large guest cast which includes Gemma Jones (Marvellous), Brian Bovell (Death in Paradise), Cherie Lunghi (Casualty), Hannah Gordon (Hustle), Claire Goose (Mount Pleasant) Tamzin Malleson (Midsomer Murders), Peter Egan (Downton Abbey), and Frances Tomelty (Catastrophe).
Unforgotten, which has received an order for six episodes, was created by Undeniable scribe Chris Lang, who is penning the scripts and will serve as an executive producer alongside Mainstreet Pictures’ Laura Mackie and Sally Haynes. Combat Hospital‘s Tim Bradley is the series producer.
In addition, Andy Wilson, repped by Casarotto Ramsay & Associates, has boarded the project and is set to direct. His previous directing credits include Kidnap & Ransom, Sinbad, Poirot, Ripper Street and the Tandem Communications produced series Crossing Lines.
Production on Unforgotten begins later this month and is expected to last for 12 weeks. BBC Worldwide is a partner on the series and will handle global sales.