Unforgotten season 6 - Everything we know so far

Season five drew to a close this week

a still of Sanjeev Bhaskar and Sinead Keenan in Unforgotten season 5
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Wondering if there will be a season 6 of Unforgotten? Read on for all the details.

With Nicola Walker leaving Unforgotten at the end of season 4, there was a lot of heartbreak and concern from fans on how the hit ITV series would go forward. Thankfully any worries have been alleviated with the release of Unforgotten season 5, which has seen audiences and TV critics alike take favourably to Sinead Keenan. Appearing as DCI Jessica 'Jessie' James, viewers finally saw her character and Sanjeer Bhaskaar's beloved DCI Sunny Khan get along better in the penultimate episode - suggesting that crime-solving may be easier for the two going forward.

Following last night's season 5 finale on ITV, many are feeling sad at the prospect of the series coming to an end and want to know whether Unforgotten season 6 is on the cards and if so, when Unforgetten filming will begin. We've shared everything we know so far.

Will there be a season 6 of Unforgotten?

ITV have confirmed that there will be a season 6 of Unforgotten. The broadcaster announced that the show had been renewed after the success of season 5. Actors Sanjeev Bhaskar and Sinead Keenan have both signed on to star in season 6.

Show creator Chris Lang previously told Radio Times that he'd be on board for another series: "Certainly, if they asked me, I’d do a season six. I've got a season six in my head. So yeah, it's down to the broadcaster, whether they asked me to do it."

Lang went on to describe Unforgotten as a "unique show" that requires a lot of work to bring it to life. "It's incredibly difficult to sit down and create it from a blank page, so you need huge reserves of energy and enthusiasm to push you through creating six episodes. And it’s often very emotionally draining stories that you're telling as well, which require lots of research into really dark areas.

"So as long as I have the appetite to keep doing that, and as long as the audience keep coming back to it, there's no reason why I couldn't keep going on," said Lang.

Show creator Chris Lang wasn't the only one hoping for Unforgotten season 6. Actor Lewis Reeves - who plays DC Jake Collier in the show - wasn't able to appear in season 5 due to scheduling conflicts. However he's hinted that he'd like to make a return if another series were to go ahead.

"I spoke to Chris Lang, the writer, and Andy Wilson, the director, and if it goes for season 6, I'm sure they'll welcome DC Jake Collier back," said Reeves. "[That’s] what I’m hearing, so fingers crossed."

Unforgotten season 5 has been well received by viewers and critics alike. The opening episode has now been watched by 8.4 million viewers, which makes it the highest rated ITV drama this year.

One fan on Twitter shared her thoughts on the current series. "I wasn't sure where @ITV #Unforgotten would go post Nicola Walker, but @ChrisLangWriter has absolutely nailed it. @TVSanjeev still the best actor in the UK in my opinion, and his and @SineadKeenan's portrayal of grief this series is 👌🏻. All the awards, please."

@JackPloppy also tweeted: "Okay. I’ll admit it. I was reluctant. But #Unforgotten has me hooked again. and @TVSanjeev @SineadKeenan are just terrific."

Rebecca Nicholson of the Guardian gave the latest series 4 out of 5 stars, hailing it as "still cracking crime drama, even without Nicola Walker". The Telegraph's Arts and Entertainment Editor Anita Singh agreed, giving it 4 stars, adding: "Nicola Walker is missed but Sinéad Keenan makes the role her own."

With such a promising reaction to the fifth series, it's no wonder that ITV have renewed Unforgotten for another run.

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Emily Stedman is the former Features Editor for GoodTo covering all things TV, entertainment, royal, lifestyle, health and wellbeing. Boasting an encyclopaedic knowledge on all things TV, celebrity and royals, career highlights include working at HELLO! Magazine and as a royal researcher to Diana biographer Andrew Morton on his book Meghan: A Hollywood Princess. In her spare time, Emily can be found eating her way around London, swimming at her local Lido or curled up on the sofa binging the next best Netflix show.