Unforgotten Season 4 was selected as among the best TV shows of 2021 as chosen by the Guardian, The Timnes, Empire, Paste, and Dead Good:
“Over the years, Unforgotten has turned into one of the finest shows on British television. By the time it reached its fourth series, which attracted more viewers than ever before – thanks to its growing reputation as a sure bet – it was as lean as an elite athlete.”
Chris Lang’s dark but consistently high-quality series (spoiler alert) saved its biggest, most shocking gut punch until last. Nicola Walker as DCI Cassie Stewart was unexpectedly killed off, leaving the audience reeling.
In the compelling modern crime series Unforgotten, DCI Cassie Stuart (an always-excellent and recently ubiquitous Nicola Walker) and DI Sunny Khan (Sanjeev Bhaskar) doggedly pursue cold case murders and disappearances. Viewers get to see both sides throughout each season’s case: the detective work and the personal lives of those connected to it—one of whom is ultimately the perpetrator. One of the interesting things about Unforgotten’s perspective is that it largely deals with people who are middle aged or even elderly. Though their lives have seemingly moved on from these past crimes (and current partners or children may have no idea about it), scratch the surface and you’ll find the pain and angst over these tragedies still simmering underneath. Unforgotten is less of a crime thriller and more a cerebral whodunnit, investigating the emotional lives of those defined by these old wounds. It can be very quiet, but once it has its hooks in you, you won’t be able to stop bingeing each of its three, six-episode seasons (with another on the way). —Allison Keene
The jewel in the crown of ITV drama, Chris Lang’s Unforgotten is also one of the low-key best series on television. The anti-Line Of Duty, it’s a series not reliant on gunplay or Reg-15 notices for high drama, relying instead on the meticulous, methodical unravelling of a single cold case, played out with forensic attention to detail. Nicola Walker’s DCI Cassie Stuart and Sanjeev Bhaskar’s DI Sunny Khan walked into a tangled web of lies and betrayal from former and serving police officers in this fourth (but not final!) series. Having returned from a leave of absence after the events of Series 3 and dealing with her father’s advancing dementia, Cassie’s own demons threatened to pull her down with every episode, before it all culminated in an emotional punch that still has us reeling. Beautifully written (Walker’s near-to-tears victim monologues having long been series high-points) and with a pair of thunderous performances from the series leads, this was an unforgettable instalment of an unmissable show
“Chris Lang’s popular ITV crimer returned this year for a fourth outing. Sanjeev Bhaskar and Nicola Walker’s double act saw them investigating the cold case of a headless corpse that had them snooping around one of their own, amongst others. As good as ever.”