ITV has commissioned a new six pat thriller, The Forgotten, which has been created and written by Chris Lang whose previous work for the channel has included A Mother’s Son and Undeniable.
The drama series focuses on a ‘cold’ murder case of 39 years ago. With the discovery of a young man’s skeleton underneath the cellar at a property in Arlington Crescent, an historical police investigation begins to turn back the years.
The modern day police team – DCI Cassie Stuart and DI Sunil ‘Sunny’ Khan – gradually unravel deep-rooted and long-forgotten secrets, which will have a dramatic impact on their investigation and the lives of four potential suspects – Robert Grieves, Frank Philip Cross, Lizzie Wilton and Eric Slater. The slow revelation of these secrets as Cassie and Sunny hunt for the killer will alter the dynamic of the families and their loved ones forever.
But who is the murdered boy and why was he staying in 27 Arlington Crescent? What happened in 1976, which was the catalyst for his murder? Who did he come into contact with who eventually bludgeoned him to death? And what of his family? The pain and despair of his bereft, inconsolable mother grieving for a lost child as she still searches for answers nearly 40 years later.
With integrity, grit and compassion, Cassie and Sunny begin to unpeel the layers of the investigation only to intriguingly discover each of the potential suspects has a past they’d sooner stay buried. Reputations could be lost, relationships fractured irrevocably and beliefs and opinions challenged. Essentially, we discover the people we thought we knew aren’t who they appear to be and this has a destabilising and devastating effect on all concerned.
The drama is set in different corners of the country, from the outer London suburbs, to the Essex coast, Westminster and the Fens. With each of the characters’ stories running parallel, the multi-stranded narrative weaves suspicion and curiosity, connecting each of the principle characters.
The focus of the police investigation will be the red-bricked Victorian house in Arlington Crescent, a multipurpose property, formerly a private home, British Rail records office, flats, a hostel for homeless young men and women and DHSS office.
ITV’s director of Drama Steve November says, “The Forgotten will look at how an historic police investigation affects the lives of all those touched by it. Chris Lang’s scripts are wonderfully compelling as the mystery deepens and the police hunt for the killer intensifies.”
More details, including who’ll be starring in the lead roles, will be released shortly.
Casting will take place later this year with more details to follow.