Unforgotten is ITV’s new crime drama. From the off it’s very strange. For a start, it seems to be entirely well-lit. In some scenes there are zero spooky shadows and you can see everything. There’s even daylight! The investigating detectives are DCI Cassie Stuart and DS Sunny Khan. Not only do they seem well-adjusted, friendly and generally decent, but there’s zero sexual tension and no mention of alcohol or substance abuse. They might just be normal coppers doing a good job – an extremely rare sighting in drama or fiction of any kind. I especially like the way that episodes 1 and 2 haven’t shied away from how much methodical admin work goes in to a murder investigation. In fact, that’s the most mysterious thing about the show so far. Why is the Guv so keen to work a cold case full of dead ends? Nicola Walker‘s emotional stuff is a bit heavy-handed, but I’m sure it’ll all make sense when we find out about her brother/ sister/ husband/ mother who went missing when she was a child and left unresolved feelings that poor Jimmy’s case brings up.
Despite the link to the cast of dodgy characters only becoming clear at the end of episode 1 (and in fragments of flashbacks in episode 2), the people associated with the building where Jimmy died are all very interesting and watchable, Bernard Hill especially. I’m keen to find out what sort of trouble they’re all currently in and how they’ll be implicated in Jimmy’s violent death.
Sanjeev Bhaskar isn’t the only comic actor having a good go at drama – the male lab technician was so recognisable it was driving me up the wall. Turns out it’s Dominic Coleman from Trollied, playing a character about as far removed from bumbling Neville as possible.
I will be watching this series waiting for something in the way of atmosphere to turn up. Like a skeleton in the basement it seems to have been buried and forgotten. But maybe it’s that amazing Scandi noir dramas have broken me and now I can’t take a crime drama seriously unless its bleak, dark and wrapped in a snuggly Sarah Lund jumper.