ITV’S Unforgotten creator has opened up about the future of the show.

The hit drama, written by Chris Lang, hit our screens in 2015 and has gone on to have four successful series.

Unforgotten's future has been teased by the show's creator Chris Lang


Unforgotten’s future has been teased by the show’s creator Chris LangCredit: ITV
Chris Lang is the creator of ITV's Unforgotten


Chris Lang is the creator of ITV’s UnforgottenCredit: Alamy

The last aired in 2021 and Unforgotten is due to return later this month, with the last one airing in 2021.

Many fans have been left wondering if series five will be the last – and it sounds like it’s good news.

Chris Lang told the media on set of Unforgotten season five: “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.

“It’s a unique show, in that it’s got a format that is self-contained, but with a certain degree of serialised elements through the characters.

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“And as long as people keep watching it, and we can keep making it well… at the point where either I don’t feel I can contribute to it, or make it better, obviously I’d stop.

“But at the moment we haven’t hit that point yet.”

Chris added: “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.”

Earlier this week the release date of season 5 was finally confirmed – Monday 27th Feb at 9pm on ITV.

The show will see the return of actor Sanjeev Bhaskar as DI Sunny Khan.

However, he will be joined for series five by a new recruit, DCI Jess James, played Sinéad Keenan.

Her arrival comes after the shock death of DCI Cassie Stuart -played by Nicola Walker – at the end of series four.

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