Nicola Walker and Sanjeev Bhaskar drama Unforgotten gets a second series

ITV confirm that the hit Chris Lang drama will be returning for a second run

* warning: spoilers *

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ITV has confirmed that its Nicola Walker and Sanjeev Bhaskar crime drama Unforgotten will return for a second series.

The critically-acclaimed series focused on a ‘cold’ murder case from the 1970s when the bones of a young man were found beneath the floor of a demolished house.

Tonight’s episode concluded with the news that – spolier alert – Gemma Jones’ character Claire Slater was the killer of young Jimmy. She flew into a psychotic rage after discovering him sleeping with her husband Eric (Tom Courtenay).

Walker and Bhaskar took the lead roles of DCI Cassie Stuart and DS Sunil ‘Sunny’ Khan, the duo who gradually unravelled deep-rooted and long-forgotten secrets in the lives of the potential suspects. As well as Eric and Claire, these included Father Robert Greaves (Bernard Hill), Sir ‘Frank’ Philip Cross (Trevor Eve) and Lizzie Wilton (Ruth Sheen).

ITV’s Director of Drama Steve November and Controller of Drama Victoria Fea have commissioned the new series, which will once again be written by Chris Lang. 

Walker and Bhaskar are expected to be in series two, but RadioTimes.com understands that the contracts have not been finalised.

Steve November said: “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.”

Creator and writer Chris Lang added: “I am immensely excited to be writing a second series of Unforgotten and relish the challenge of introducing a brand new story, where long buried secrets will once again be slowly brought to light.”

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Cast and filming dates will be announced at a later date, though ITV is understood to be hoping to air the new series sometime in late 2016.