Unforgotten series 3: Where is it filmed? The locations used in the ITV crime drama

The show visited Norfolk, West Sussex’s South Downs, Bristol, Hampshire and London for the latest outing for Nicola Walker and Sanjeev Bhaskar’s cold case detectives.

Chris Lang’s critically acclaimed ITV drama Unforgotten returns in July for its third series with Sanjeev Bhaskar and Nicola Walker back on another cold case as DCI Cassie Stuart and DI Sunil ‘Sunny’ Khan.

But where have the cast been filming the latest instalment of the crime drama and what locations were used?

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Where was Unforgotten filmed?

Unforgotten on ITV

Set across the south of England in locations including Norfolk, West Sussex, Bristol, Hampshire and London, the new series will explore how everyday lives can be fractured and destroyed by one event, showing that appearances can often be deceiving.

The crew and cast have been spotted by local press in various locations across the south of England, including Guilford and Sutherland Memorial Park in Burpham.

Surrey newspapers spoke to the production team, who had trailers parked neat the County Hall.

Reporters in West Norfolk spoke to new cast member Neil Morrissey, who was filming scenes in King’s Lynn. “I love it, it’s a really pretty town,” Morrissey told the

The team filmed on King’s Lynn’s Market Place, near the police station on St James Street and outside the Maid’s Head.

They also shot scenes in Norfolk seaside town Hunstanton.

National journalists visited the set to interview the cast and revealed that the show was shooting scenes in Slough.


Locations in Bristol

The Bristol leg of the shoot took place in April at Ashton Court and Clifton locations including the Suspension Bridge. Bristol Film Office assisted with arranging recces, access and permissions for drone filming at three points.

Line Producer Ani Kevork says: "We travel all around England for Unforgotten and find most places incredibly accommodating and helpful. Bristol was no exception. Everyone we liaised with went out of their way to help our crew and guide us to make our experience seamlessly pleasant. The cast and crew had a fantastic time filming in Bristol and we wouldn't hesitate to go back there."

Natalie Moore of Bristol Film Office says: "We were very pleased to assist Unforgotten, one of the most successful crime dramas of recent years, with its Bristol shoot. Productions set in multiple locations around the UK may only be in the city for a short period of actual filming, but the logistical planning we carry out beforehand is critical in ensuring the schedule runs smoothly. We’re processing more and more drone filming requests, especially in scenic areas like Ashton Court, and this is proving really beneficial for Bristol’s filming economy.”

Bristol scenes centre on the character of artist Chris Lowe, played by James Fleet.

Describing his character, James says: “Chris is one of the four friends and main suspects in the murder case which this series centres around. He did very well at university and was initially very successful; he started his own advertising company, had a big house and was happily married with a daughter. However, he soon suffered from mental health problems, specifically with bipolar disorder and so his career took a nosedive, he went off the rails and ended up losing everything and becoming homeless. Now he lives in a campervan and wears awful clothes.”

What is the case in Unforgotten series 3?

Unforgotten series 3 - Sanjeev Bhaskar and Nicola Walker

When human remains are found on the central reservation of the M1, Cassie and Sunny are called to the scene. Despite initially suspecting that the bones are archaeological, the discovery of a metal plate on one of the arms suggests otherwise. Through the plate, which they determine was made in Cyprus, the team manage to roughly date the body which appears to be that of a teenage girl. Trawling through the files of girls who went missing during the time frame, their search leads them to Hayley Reid, a 16-year-old who went missing on the eve of the millennium. With the original case having attracted a lot of media attention and the police never finding out what happened to her, the team must uncover who murdered Hayley. Meanwhile, we meet four men who have been friends since school: local GP Dr Tim Finch in Hampshire, TV presenter James Hollis in London, failing salesman Pete Carr in Norfolk and artist Chris Lowe in Bristol.

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Sanjeev Bhaskar said: “We discover a body that has been buried beside a motorway. The motorway construction workers discover it whilst doing some repair work on the road and we then find out that it was a young girl who went missing at the turn of the millennium - New Year’s Eve 1999.

“Like the other two series, it is a cold case investigation but it is very different at the same time. In this one, the investigation centres around four friends and their families who rented a holiday home near where a young girl went missing. These four men have been friends for years, all of them are supportive or each other and they are all still fairly close. The investigation becomes centred around those characters and their families.”

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Who is in the cast?

Unforgotten series 3 cast

Bhaskar and Walker are joined by an acclaimed cast including Alex Jennings (A Very English Scandal), Kevin R McNally (Pirates of the Caribbean), Neil Morrissey (Line of Duty, Men Behaving Badly) and James Fleet (The Vicar of Dibley).

Bronagh Waugh (Hollyoaks, The Fall), Emma Fielding, Amanda Root and Ellis Naylor are also in the cast.

How many episodes of Unforgotten are there?

Chris Lang (Innocent, Dark Heart) has written six episodes in another emotionally-charged cold case.

When does Unforgotten start and what time is it on?

Unforgotten airs on Sundays at 9pm from July 15th.

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