Unforgotten - Series 3

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  1. Barbara Fan

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    New series started last night and it has to be one of my fav shows on TV, I love the casting and the plots and Nicola Walker and Sanjeev Baskhar are great

    Great supporting cast again as in S1-2 and nice to see mad Maya from Corrie again

    https://www.express.co.uk/showbiz/t...y-Reid-Sister-Cassie-Stuart-Sunny-ITV-twitter

    UNFORGOTTEN returned to ITV last night with a hard-hitting episode that laid down the surface for several upcoming plot twists, but the closing scene left viewers in tears


    The first episode of the series saw the body of a teenage girl who went missing at the turn of the millennium found at a building site off the M1 motorway.

    Nicola Walker and Sanjeev Bhaskar reprised their roles as DCI Cassie Stuart and DI Sunil ‘Sunny’ Khan to investigate the emotionally-charged cold case.

    The body was eventually identified as Hayley Reid, a 16-year-old who vanished on New Year’s Eve in 1999.

    The closing scene saw Hayley’s sister return a phone call to the detectives confirming her sister did indeed have a plate fitted to her broken wrist during a holiday in Cyprus.

    This connected Hayley to the remains found by the police, with the team immediately sent to the mother’s house to continue the process and gather further details.

    After hanging up the phone, Hayley’s sister broke down after years of agonisingly waiting for news.

    Viewers instantly took to social media following the emotional episode ending.

    One fan of the show tweeted: “My heart has been wrenched already. This is going to be a powerful series #unforgotten.”

    “#Unforgotten Heartbreaking ending which really made you feel the poor poor family's pain…”

    A third wrote: “That must be heartbreaking having to question those families. Having potentially raised their hopes of closure, to just snatch it away on the outcome of one question. #Unforgotten.”
    I can’t imagine the feeling you’d have if you were the one getting that phone call out of the blue after years of pain and anguish. #Unforgotten,” wrote another.

    Noting how Hayley’s mother had not got out of bed by the late afternoon, one tweeted: “Heartbroken to see what Hayley's disappearance has done to her mother. #Unforgotten.”

    “#Unforgotten tough job making all those phone calls to bereaved relatives!” noted another.

    A third added: “This is really intense. I am hoping that the parents who haven't received closure will get it soon. #Unforgotten.”

    Alex Jennings, Kevin R McNally, Neil Morrissey and James Fleet played a close-knit group of old school friends.
    The four men were lightly explored in tonight’s episode, but each will be placed under the spotlight and their relationships tested to the limit.

    One fan tweeted: “Gonna be interesting to see how all these stories come together and what the link between them all is. #Unforgotten.”

    “#Unforgotten has got me absolutely hooked already can't wait for next weeks episode,” posted another.

    Unforgotten continues next Sunday on ITV at 9pm.
     
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    https://thekillingtimestv.wordpress.com/2018/07/15/review-unforgotten-s3-e1-6/

    Welcome back, DCI Cassie Stuart and DI Sunny Khan – the most human cops on the box - you’ve been away too long. Let’s hope that three’s the charm.

    BAFTA nominee Nicola Walker (last seen transcending rather trite material in The Split) and Sanjeev Bhaskar (here, there and everywhere – and occasionally gracing the recent series of Horrible Histories) reprise their roles as DCI Cassie Stuart and DI Sunil ‘Sunny’ Khan, based in Bishop Street in London as they investigate another emotionally-charged cold case.

    Creator and writer Chris Lang likes the slow-burn approach, and here the setup remains as before – a group of suspects connected by a collective past, giving Lang scope for offering a historical snapshot as background. Last time it was the excesses of Thatcherite Britain, this time it’s the millennium.

    The notable bunch of acclaimed supporting actors includes Alex Jennings (A Very English Scandal, The Crown) Kevin R McNally (Pirates Of The Caribbean, Designated Survivor), Neil Morrissey (who sensationally added to the gravitas of Line Of Duty, The Good Karma Hospital) and James Fleet (Indian Summers, The Vicar Of Dibley).

    Cassie’s not sleeping, worried about her dotty father and absent son; Sunny, who normally looks like someone’s shot his dog, is relatively happy as he’s pursuing a new girlfriend, though still struggling with custody of his teenage daughters.

    But the police business revolves around the discovery of human remains buried under the central reservation of the M1 at Hendon. A titanium plate made in Cyprus helps the cops establish that the victim is not an archaeological curiosity, but Hayley Reid, a 16-year-old who went missing in 2000.

    The cops seem to spend an inordinate amount of time talking to doctors and phoning families to identify the victim when clearly the information about distinguishing features would have all been in their missing person files all the time.

    So to the suspects, an ill-assorted bunch whose connection is, as usual, initially unclear – mind you, they’re all white males in their early 60s, so maybe they were college mates, and we know from several phone calls that they’re arranging to meet up.

    In Hampshire, GP Dr Tim Finch (Alex Jennings) is concerned about allegations of impropriety by an Alison Pinion (Gabrielle Glaister, forever remembered as ‘Bob’ in Blackadder). In Bristol, artist Chris Lowe (James Fleet) – presumably no relation to the Pet Shop Boy – is conducting a relationship with single mother Jamila. In North Norfolk, Alan Partridge country, salesman Pete Carr (Neil Morrissey) is struggling with his marriage while conning pensioners out of their savings, while in London, perpetually angry quiz show host James Hollis (Kevin McNally) is worrying about his druggie son and arguing with his ex-wife Mel (Sara Stewart).

    At the time of Hayley’s widely publicised disappearance, on the way to a New Year’s Eve party, she was wearing a Madonna fancy dress outfit – so what became of that? At the time, boyfriend Adrian Mullery was a suspect – so is he still on the scene? – certainly there’s no sign of him this week.

    As for the other suspects-to-be, they are currently unaware that their pasts are about to be trawled through – they all have trouble enough in the present. But that is the MO of Unforgotten – our sympathies are toyed with, and we don’t know which characters will turn out to be virtuous, and which vicious.

    Unlike virtually any other police procedural, Unforgotten lacks any element of police wise-cracking over corpses, bantering with the pathologist, or brow-beating suspects. Contrast this with the histrionics of the Poundshop Saga Noren, Marcella, or shouty cop Viv Deering in No Offence.

    In Unforgotten, the cops treat everyone as a human being – in fact, they’re so sympathetic that you expect them to burst into tears and bring out the hankies at every interview. Surely they’d be a bit more hardened than this? Admittedly, the traumatic effect of an unresolved case is greatest on the relatives of the victim, and here we see the emotional repercussions of the investigation on Hayley’s sister Jessica (Bronagh Waugh) and her mother.

    Obviously, at this stage any speculation about perpetrator, motive or circumstances is far too early – but James Fleet is terribly good at confession scenes. We’ll say no more for now.

    Deborah Shrewsbury
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    Who was it who partied like it was 1999 on the night of teenager Hayley Reid’s murder?

    Having identified the remains found under the motorway, and established that the cause of death was strangulation, our intrepid tecs now have to settle on some suspects.

    Journalist-turned-TV-quizmaster James Hollis (Kevin McNally), who has an ego the size of Jeremy Paxman’s, is infuriated that his ex-wife hadn’t tipped him the wink about his conflicted gender-fluid son Elliot (Tom Rhys Harries). He sneers at her for not getting ‘over him’ since their divorce 17 years previously. A bit rich, since she’s played by gorgeous Sara Stewart. Their son is ‘experimenting with his identity’, which seems to mean slapping on a layer of Boots Number 7 and a trenchcoat.

    Poor old artist Chris Lowe (James Fleet)in Bristol is having a tough time; just as he’s getting his lady friend Jamila to consider marriage, his mobile home is turned over and their flat deposit is gone – as is his dog – what has he done to deserve this? Did they see him coming? Just when he thought he was home and dry? It’s a sin. OK, that’s enough Pet Shop Boys jokes.

    Chris’ descent into mental illness from a promising career as a gifted artist now looks set to go from gentle slide to plummet. Poor guy – even his mobile ringtone is melancholy. On the bright side he could get quite a bit for his classic WV campervan – even with a broken window.

    He pours his heart out to old friend GP Dr Tim Finch (Alex Jennings), who’s in Manchester facing a General Medical Council hearing. Although he’s the calm one of the quartet as the professional among them, he also seems to be the one who stands to fall further than the others. He’s being interrogated about abusing an elderly woman with Pick’s disease – a particularly distressing form of dementia. (Comedian David Baddiel’s stage show ‘My Family: Not the Sitcom’ offers something of a masterclass in this condition).

    The fact that Finch is so attentive to Lowe’s problems – to the extent of getting a load of ‘lost dog’ notices printed, and subbing him until he sells his next masterpiece, appears indicative that there is a pact between them that goes beyond Finch’s Hippocratic oath (or its modern equivalent anyway). And what’s Lowe’s aversion to banks?

    Reflecting the world of pain, Cassie (Nicola Walker) and Sunny (Sanjeev Bhaskar) travel down to meet Hayley’s parents – or rather the shells that are left of them, says Hayley’s identical twin sister Jessica (Bronagh Waugh). She warns the cops that they won’t be welcomed by the pitchfork-wielding, unfriendly locals of picture-postcard Middenham, which lost its tourist USP because of Hayley’s murder, sparking wall-to-wall bankruptcies in the village because of the ensuing media circus.

    Cassie has problems with her plumbing (perhaps that’s why she looks so depressed) and her dad (Peter Egan) has a new GF whom he takes to Harvey Nicks. Cassie is almost playing the mother to her father’s recalcitrant child. She really needs a bloke. In fact, the partners both need good home lives if they don’t wish to burn out soon.

    Sunny’s personal life though seems to be on an upward trajectory with new squeeze Sal (Michelle Bonnard), who is helping him get down with the kids – or at least his own kids. “You knew who Stormy was,” he gushes over the phone – out by a Z, but he’s trying, bless him.

    Staying over at a hotel in the rural idyll of Middenham, Cassie and Sunny meet retired DCI John Bentley (Alistair Mackenzie), second-in-command on the original case. He blames his late boss for wasting time by following a theory that Hayley had run away from home to London. The investigation, he says, was flawed from the start. He tells them that Hayley’s boyfriend at the time, Adrian Mullery (Gerald Kyd), had been the prime suspect, but he although he was a few years older than the victim, he was an unlikely perpetrator and was never charged.

    Bentley points out that on Millennium Eve almost everyone had been in a very public place. After touring the village, Cassie sees holiday let cottages in an estate agent’s window and the cogs start turning; could Hayley have been murdered in the village by an outsider, and taken the 80-odd miles back to London for disposal on the M1 at Hendon?

    Having Cassie and Sunny sitting on a bed might seem provocative given his previous cack-handed romantic approaches – it was certainly difficult to concentrate on her line of reasoning for the murder, because of Sunny’s diverting green pyjama-top with the bear print – not a very effective aphrodisiac, but very Sunny.

    Once the news of the reopened investigation hits the streets, our suspects begin to go to pieces – Hollis blowing his lines during the sign-off to his show (writer Chris Lang makes a cameo appearance as the studio floor manager).

    The good doctor’s malpractice case starts to look a bit more hopeful for him when it transpires that his accuser Alison Pinion (Gabrielle Glaister) is a serial doc-botherer, and has tried to extort cash from four other GP practices by alleging malpractice.

    But Pete Carr (Neil Morrissey) is still in lumber; the daughter of his scammed pensioner wants to cancel his cash ISA within the cooling-off period. And just after he’d he’d cashed the cheque. And it’s been spent on a broken boiler already. And what does his wife Maria (Indra Ove) mean about his delayed adolescence in Hong Kong?

    At a fraught press conference, the journalists act like animals – why are journalists always portrayed in this lazy, contentious way, particularly post-Leveson when they would actually be on their best behaviour?

    Hayley’s best friend Kelly (Lauren Drummond, who looks a good ten years too young for the role), who worked with her at a cleaning company, comes forward to admit that Hayley filled in for her on a cleaning job at a holiday let, The Spinney, while Kelly met a boy – she’s kept quiet all these years, but now realises these facts may be vital.

    DS Murray Boulting (Jordan Long) finds out that Paxman – sorry, Hollis – was the person who rented the holiday home, with the others on the form being Carr, Finch, Lowe plus their families.

    But how could this involve Hayley’s then-boyfriend Mullery, now working in a London girls’ school? And how is news blogger Sandra Rayworth (Tori Allen Martin) involved, and why does she blame the parents?

    Hollis, (‘the thinking woman’s muffin’ according to Cassie’s late mum, as opposed to Joan Bakewell’s description by Frank Muir as the ‘thinking man’s crumpet’) makes Cassie go all fan-girly on his doorstep, but he lawyers up instantly, perhaps not the actions of an entirely innocent man. But then he probably has much to hide apart from the 17-year-old murder. “It’s happened sweetheart – they’ve come – the police – about her”, he says to his son Elliot. Does this imply some degree of guilt?

    Though the full facts have not entirely been established, we can assume from what we have been given that the investigation will reveal stories of drunkenness, bad behaviour and sexual indiscretions at the Millennium celebrations. But which of the four suspects – or, let’s be even-handed, their families – will turn out to have the least plausible alibi?

    Deborah Shrewsbury
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    I really didnt recognise Gabrielle Glaister in it from Blackadder "Bob" and Corrie, she doesnt look as if she had aged too well

    Mad Maya from Corrie on the other hand hasnt changed that much and really loving this show, its probably my fav show on TV now

    Roll on Ep 3
     
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    Is it Cassie's Dad that's having trouble with his memory, or is it Cassie herself ?
     
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    Im not sure, I think she is having an issue with her dad spending his money on a younger woman and wanting to move in with her

    Sure most of us have forgotten that the cooker is on at some point!! lol

    I have no idea who done it and how it will all fit together

    Great writing and acting all round

    Poor Neil Morissey!!
     

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