The series will return for new episodes without Nicola Walker (Picture: ITV)
**Warning: Contains spoilers for Unforgotten series four**
ITV has confirmed that Unforgotten will return for a fifth series, albeit without star Nicola Walker.
Viewers were left devastated after Nicola’s character Cassie Stuart died in the series four finale, with the actress sharing one heartbreaking final message for her co-star Sanjeev Bhaskar.
The broadcaster has now announced that the show will return with Sanjeev’s character DS Sunil ‘Sunny’ Khan paired up with a new partner.
ITV released a statement saying: ‘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.’
The pair became one of the most popular detective pairs on TV (Picture: ITV)
Nicola’s character Cassoe was just days away from retirement when she was involved in a tragic car crash and didn’t make it, leaving Sanjeev’s DI Sunny Khan devastated.
Series four of the hit detective drama followed an investigation that began with the discovery of a severed head that had been kept in a freezer for more than 30 years.
It was revealed that businessman Dean Barton was behind the killing, having changed his name to start a life away from his criminal family. It was revenge for killing his brother back in the 1990s, and Fiona Grayson, Liz Basildon, Dean Barton, and Ram Sidhu then colluded with him to hide the body.
Plot details and release dates for the upcoming fifth series has yet to be announced.
Unforgotten is available on ITV Hub.