How many episodes are in Unforgotten season 4?

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ITV crime drama Unforgotten is finally coming back after a prolonged absence from screens. The series last aired in 2018 and was slated to start filming in 2020 but this was delayed. However, the show is going to be airing very soon now and has the lowdown on the fourth outing.

How many episodes are in Unforgotten season 4?

Unforgotten series four kicks off tonight on ITV at 9pm with six episodes in the new series.

The series is the same length as its predecessors with instalments airing each week on the channel.

Episodes will be available to watch on catch up via the ITV Hub after broadcast.

Once again, creator Chris Lang creating an intriguing and gripping story about a cold-case murder.

Back in the frame as the lead detectives will be Nicola Walker as DCI Cassie Stuart and Sanjeev Bhaskar as DI Sunny Khan.

This time the dynamic duo will be taking on the case of a dismembered body found in a scrap metal yard, which is thought to have been stored in a freezer for the past 30 years.

The victim is a young Millwall Football Club supporter, who was killed in 1990 in his mid-twenties.

As Cassie and Sunny dig deeper, they find evidence of a drink driving conviction which also involved four other passengers.

As always, new suspects will come to the fore as the investigation progresses with relationships and reputations on the line.

Alongside the case, Cassie will be put in a dilemma when she discovers she’s not entitled to her full police pension unless she completes 30 years of service.

She is forced to make the tough decision to return to work despite the pressures it’s putting on her wellbeing and mental health.

Cassie will be pushed to the limit as she tries to finish this last case without falling to pieces.

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Speaking about the reason for the delay between seasons three and four, writer Lang said it was due to the cast and crew needing a short break to “recharge our batteries”.

However, little did they know the coronavirus pandemic was on the horizon and would throw a spanner into production and lead to further delays.

Season four went into pre-production into October 2019 with filming beginning in January 2020.

The shoot was halted by lockdown and only resumed in September 2020 and wrapped up the following month.

After this long break, Lang explained the editing process started and during discussions with others about Unforgotten he was reminded it wasn’t at its heart “a detective show, or a thriller, or a whodunit, but just a show about people”.

He said: “Flawed, ordinary people, with messy, complicated lives, who have, like all of us, made mistakes.

“Most of them are small, even the more egregious mistakes tend to come from a place of weakness and selfishness and damage rather than pure evil, and they are generally mistakes (not always, see series three!) that we can all relate to.

“And I think series four really mines that idea and then ties it back in to another key component of the series – the police.”

He added: “So Unforgotten four will once again explore the fallout from and the investigation in to, an historic murder case, but the primary theme of this series, will be society’s relationship with the police.”

Unforgotten season 4 starts on ITV tonight at 9pm

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