Unforgotten renewed for series 5 without Nicola Walker as DI Sunny Khan gets new 'partner in crime'
UNFORGOTTEN has been renewed for series five without Nicola Walker as DI Sunny Khan gets a new 'partner in crime'.
The ITV drama's fourth series concluded in dramatic fashion last night with Nicola's character DCI Cassie Stuart dying following a car accident.
Her death left fans in floods of tears and also asking whether the show would return without her.
Now ITV has confirmed Unforgotten will be back for a fifth series, revealing in a statement: "ITV would like to thank Nicola Walker for playing the brilliant role of Cassie Stuart in four series of Unforgotten which has become one of the best loved and most critically acclaimed police dramas on TV.
"Nicola and writer Chris Lang decided that Cassie's story would come to an end last night, but that Unforgotten would continue, in series 5, with a new case, and a new 'Partner in Crime' for DI Sunny Khan."
It continued: "This fourth series has had a record breaking season posting its highest viewing figures.
"For episodes 1-5 the series has averaged 7.5 million viewers based on seven day consolidated data, which is up by 1.6m viewers and 26% on the last series.
"The audience for the launch episode stands at 9.5m viewers after 28 days, across all platforms and repeats, up from the overnight audience by a massive 4.4million viewers."
Last week's episode of the gritty ITV drama ended with Cassie getting into a car accident, and last night's finale revealed the injuries were more severe than initially thought.
Cassie's father and son, Adam, were stunned by the news – and Sunny paid emotional tribute to his workmate in the series' final moments as he visited her grave.
It was all too much for those watching at home, who flocked to Twitter to share their reaction to the gutting scenes.
One tearful fan wrote: "WELL….. I'M ABSOLUTELY DEVASTATED, HEARTBROKEN AND AN EMOTIONAL WRECK!!! OHH CASS."
Another shared: "Jesus – crying buckets !!!!!"
One more added: "Current status: Crumbled sobbing mess."
Unforgotten is available on ITV Hub.
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