ITV has renewed their newest hit drama series Unforgotten for a second season, TVWise has learned. The renewal, which was announced seconds after the season one finale finished airing, is for a further six episodes.
From writer Chris Lang, Unforgotten tells the story of a a ‘cold’ murder case which once re-opened threatens to expose long buried secrets. The first season focused on a murder case from 39 years ago, when the bones of a young man were found beneath the footings of a demolished house and starred, amongst others, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Nicola Walker, Trevor Eve.
Unforgotten quickly solidified its position as a ratings hit for ITV when it launched last month, with the series premiere bringing in more than 7 million viewers (the average audience across season one is closer to 6 million viewers). The fact that the series was envisioned as a closed-ended story means that season two will feature a new cast and follow a new cold case.
“We are pleased with the audience response to Unforgotten and I am delighted to announce that it will be returning for a second series with a brand new story from the writer Chris Lang and Mainstreet Pictures, a winning formula who have kept ITV drama viewers gripped throughout the first series”, said ITV’s Director of Drama Steve November, who commissioned the second season alongside Controller of Drama Victoria Fea.
Chris Lang is returning to pen the scripts for the show’s second season. Mainstreet Pictures – the indie set up by former ITV drama executives Laura Mackie and Sally Haynes – are producing, with Sally Haynes, Chris Lang and Laura Mackie serving as the executive producers. ITV said that casting and production schedule for season two would be confirmed at a later date.