'Masterpiece Mystery! Unforgotten: Season 1'
(Nicola Walker, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Trevor Eve, et al / 2-Disc DVD / TV-MA / 2018 / PBS)
Overview: Nicola Walker (Last Tango in Halifax) and Sanjeev Bhaskar (The Indian Doctor) lead a powerful ensemble cast in this highly-acclaimed, thrilling crime drama.
DVD Verdict: DCI Cassie Stuart and her partner, DI Sunil "Sunny" Khan re-open cold murder cases from decades past, throwing lives into turmoil as they seek justice for their unforgotten victims.
In the six-episode first season, when the body of a young man is discovered in a derelict building, DCI Cassie Stuart is called in to investigate with her partner, DI Sunil Khan.
Jimmy Sullivan was a homeless boy, murdered in 1976 when the building was a hostel. His diary implicates four suspects; a clergyman, an eminent entrepreneur, a community worker and a wheelchair-bound husband caring for his wife. Each has a secret to hide.
The investigative process by which DCI Cassandra Stuart and DI Sunil Khan use a set of car keys that were found underneath the skeleton, to track down the vehicle to which the keys belong, and subsequently identify the murder victim, is absolutely fascinating.
In fact, the entire depiction of the scientific procedures and techniques used by the forensic specialists is decidedly interesting and educational.
As the story unfolds, the dramatic events in the lives of the main characters gradually emerge, and the intersection of these characters around the victim of the crime, almost forty years previously, provides the key to solving this murder mystery.
As always, the performance of the lead actor, Nicola Walker, is outstanding, as is the performance of her primary supporting actor, Sanjeev Bhaskar. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.78:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.