Unforgotten 3, Sunday, 9pm, ITV

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Created and written by screenwriter Chris Lang and produced by Mainstreet Pictures, series two of the compelling cold case crime drama gripped both viewers and critics alike.  Amongst its stellar reviews, the series garnered the following accolades: “Perfectly realised” (The Observer), “Crime drama of the highest class” (The Guardian), “brilliantly and realistically complex” (TV Times), “an exhilarating mental workout” (Daily Mail) and “the detective drama of the decade” (Daily Telegraph).

Drawing on complex and current issues, the emotional drama questions everyday morality and analyses the very human stories behind crime as lead characters DCI Cassie Stuart and DI Sunil ‘Sunny’ Khan, played by Nicola Walker and Sanjeev Bhaskar, unravel the truth behind historic murders. The Guardian complimented the portrayal of Cassie and Sunny referring to them as “credible, real and refreshing” characters that love what they do.

Series three of ‘Unforgotten’ will once again explore the fallout from, and the investigation into, an historic murder. It will continue to mine some of the themes of series one and two, but the primary theme of this series, will be the increasingly public nature of serious criminal investigation. 

So this is a story about public opprobrium and shaming, about trial by twitter, facebook and blog. It is about societal rage and self righteousness, and about why we are now so eager to accuse and scream ‘guilty’, ever less concerned with such inconveniences as evidence and due process. 

 Reflecting events like the murder of Jo Cox, the trial-less but very public excoriation of Greville Janner and Leon Brittan, and the media frenzy surrounding anyone connected to high profile murder cases, ‘Unforgotten 3’ asks uncomfortable questions about the threat to justice that comes with the increasingly transparent system we now demand. 

On a human level, it will delve deeper into the notion of what sins are forgivable – not so much by others, but by ourselves. We’re all fallible, we’ve all done things of which we may be ashamed, but which of those should we forgive ourselves for, which should we not, and how do we make the distinction? 

Jason Rubino