Seven years after its cancellation, Waking the Dead has been revived, with a twist.
The BBC procedural is returning as a Radio 4 drama to serve as a prequel to the televised series.
The five-parter has been penned by creator Barbara Machin and will reunite original stars Sue Johnston, Holly Aird, Claire Goose and Wil Johnson for a new case set in 1984.
Trevor Eve will not feature, although his character Peter Boyd will be referenced in a story that charts how the Cold Case Unit first came together.
Entitled The Unforgiven, the Waking the Dead revival finds a serial killer-rapist launching a huge appeal and claiming police corruption, pointing the finger at a young DC Peter Boyd and implicating scientist Frankie Wharton (Aird).
The Unforgiven will hit the airwaves the week beginning March 5, 2018, with subsequent episodes airing at 2.15PM on BBC Radio 4.
Will The Unforgiven lead to a full Waking the Dead TV series revival? Stay tuned…