Cassie and Sunny back to crack an­other case

Wait­ing for you favourite TV show to start a new run can be like wait­ing for Christ­mas - it comes round just once a year and is over in a flash. Some­times it turns out to be a an anti-cli­max too.

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Television -

Many peo­ple were gripped to their screens dur­ing the first run of Un­for­given - which took place way back in Au­tumn 2015 - so they’ll be thrilled to know it’s back for its sec­ond se­ries this week (Thurs­day, ITV,

9pm). But will it be a dis­ap­point­ment?

Ab­so­lutely not - Ni­cola Walker and San­jeev Bhaskar will reprise their roles as DCI Cassie Stu­art and DS Sunny Khan, who have an­other nail- bit­ing case to solve cour­tesy of the drama’ s creator, Chris Lang.

Walker claims she was com­pletely un­aware of how well the first se­ries did be­cause she was ap­pear­ing on Broad­way in an ac­claimed pro­duc­tion of Arthur Miller’s A View from the Bridge at the time it was broad­cast.

“The re­ac­tion to­tally passed me by,” she smiles, “apart from peo­ple stop­ping me in the street to say they re­ally en­joyed the show. I was very pleased at how well it was re­ceived.”

The ac­tress, who was re­cently seen as Gillian in a two-part fes­tive edi­tion of Last Tango in Hal­i­fax, claims she was daunted by the idea of play­ing Cassie again.

“The gap be­tween se­ries means it’s not as easy as you might think to walk straight back in just be­cause you’re wear­ing the cor­rect costume,” says Walker. “Also be­cause I had got the im­pres­sion peo­ple re­ally liked the show, your adrenaline is up for the first few days.

“You hope we can serve it as well sec­ond time round. But ac­tu­ally three or four days in it felt re­ally good to be back play­ing her.”

This time Cassie and Sunny are called in fol­low­ing the dis­cov­ery of a body found in a sealed suit­case in the silt of the River Lea.

The corpse is well pre­served, and turns out to be that of David Walker, a mid­dle-aged man who dis­ap­peared in 1990, leav­ing be­hind a wife and young son, who is now in his early thir­ties. But who wanted him dead and why?

That’s what Cassie and Sunny have to find out, and their in­ves­ti­ga­tion leads them to four seem­ingly un­con­nected sus­pects, in­clud­ing a fel­low mem­ber of the po­lice force.

“These new char­ac­ters are all in very dif­fer­ent places with very dif­fer­ent sto­ries and back­grounds,” ex­plains Walker. “But once the body of some­one who went miss­ing in 1990 is un­cov­ered it throws them all into cri­sis. So they’re straight in from day one. There’s no gen­tle slide into the part. You’re straight in with this very height­ened sit­u­a­tion. The knock at the door they’ve been wait­ing 26 years for has come.”

Those of us who en­joyed that first se­ries have been wait­ing far too long for the fol­low-up to come. Thank­fully, it’s here at last and over the next few weeks, we’ll nodoubt be gripped to our screens once again as the fi­nal move­ments of David Walker are re­vealed ...

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