||Bryony Hannah, Lewis Reeves, Jodie Tyack, Raad Rawi, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Amy Jayne, Lorraine Ashbourne, Badria Timimi, Jassa Ahluwalia, Nicola Walker
So while ITV’s latest drama has already been dubbed the new Broadchurch— and it certainly has elements of the channel’s big thriller success story— it’s really more like BBC1’s The Missing. But in reverse. It’s as if detectives have gone back to Olly Hughes’s case years later and are investigating it from the very beginning, talking to the child’s parents Tony and Emily in their old age about the horrifying case that was (perhaps?) never solved. And in Unforgotten, DCI Cassie Stuart (Nicola Walker) and her colleague DS Sunny Khan (Sanjeev Bhaskar) are very much trying to give the victim’s family some closure all these years later. It may be a cold case, but that’s precisely why it deserves their attention— to give the murdered boy’s loved ones some answers to what happened to him. The bare bones of a body were found underneath a demolished house in Willesden in North West London. Just by looking at the remains, the police didn’t know how long the skeleton had been there— it could have been 5,000 years or 50. After finding what they believe to be a car key near the body, the team dated the death back to the last forty years. This was exciting news, because investigating a 5,000 year-old murder would be impossible and pointless for the detectives.