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AboutEdit

Silent Witness is a British crime thriller series, produced for the BBC, focusing on a team of forensic pathology experts and their investigations into various crimes. First broadcast in 1996, and still on air, the series was created by Nigel McCrery, a former murder squad detective based in Nottingham. He later went on to create the hit series New Tricks with writer Roy Mitchell.

BackgroundEdit

The original series was based on Professor Helen Witwell, a forensic pathologist based in Sheffield, who McCrery had known while serving as a police officer. The programme originally followed the activities of a female pathologist, Professor Sam Ryan, played by Amanda Burton. However, Ryan's character departed early in the eighth series in 2004. There had been a succession of regular supporting characters, changing almost every series, but Dr Leo Dalton and Dr Harry Cunningham, who were introduced in the sixth series in 2002, remained in the series and continued as lead characters following Ryan's departure, with Dalton replacing her as professor. A new character, Dr Nikki Alexander, was introduced to the team in the eighth series in 2004. While working as a forensic anthropologist, she appropriates facilities and software in the pathology department to analyse an Iron Age find, with the belated, bemused and begrudging approval of Dalton. Dr Alexander is able to assist in a set of cases being investigated by the team, as it turns out she had worked in forensic pathology in Johannesburg for six months and is Home Office certified to practise. She is of such assistance that she overcomes Leo's reluctance and, with Harry's support, is offered and accepts a position on the team. 

Episodes Edit

series 1 (1996)Edit

buried lies 

long days, short nights

darkness visible 

sins of the fathers 


series 2 (1997)Edit

blood, sweat and tears

cease upon the midnight 

only the lonely

friends like these


series 3 (1998)Edit

an academic exercise

fallen idol

divided loyalties 

brothers in arms 


series 4 (1999)Edit

gone tomorrow

a kind of justice

a good body


series 5 (2001)Edit

the world cruise

two below zero

faith


series 6 (2002) Edit

the fall out

kith and kill

running on empty

beyond guilt


series 8 (2004)Edit

a time to heal 

death by water

nowhere fast

body 21 


series 9 (2005)Edit

ghosts

choices

the meaning of death

mind and body


series 10 (2006)Edit

cargo

terminus

body of work

supernova

schism


series 11 (2007) Edit

apocalypse

suffer the children

hippocratic oath

double dare

peripheral vision


series 12 (2008)Edit

safe 

death's door

terror

judgment

the lost child 

finding rachel


series 13 (2010) Edit

intent

voids

run

shadows

home


series 14 (2011) Edit

a guilty mind

lost

first casualty

bloodlines

the prodigal


series 15 (2012)Edit

death has no dominion

domestic

paradise lost 

redhill

fear 

and then i fell in love 


series 16 (2013)Edit

change

trust

true love waits

legacy

greater love 


series 17 (2014)Edit

commodity

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