Silent Witness

Daily 9:00 PM on BBC Premiered Feb 21, 1996 Between Seasons



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Silent Witness
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AIRED ON 1/31/2014

Season 17 : Episode 10

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Welcome to the Silent Witness guide at Silent Witness is a forensic thriller series, which was first broadcast in 1996, created by ex-police officer Nigel McCrery. The programme originally followed the activities of pathologist Dr Sam Ryan (who was later promoted to professor), played by Amanda Burton. However, Ryan's character departed early in the eighth series in 2004. During the sixth series in 2002, Dr Leo Dalton (William Gaminara) and Dr Harry Cunningham (Tom Ward) had joined the team, and now remained in the series and continued as lead characters following Ryan's departure, with Dalton replacing her as professor. Dr Nikki Alexander (Emilia Fox) joined the team shortly after Ryan's departure. Orginally set in Cambridge, the main action of the series was then relocated to London. The programme is typically made up of a series of two-part stories, usually with six to eight episodes per series. The tenth series saw the number of stories go up to five. Creator Nigel McCrery has also published five novels based on the series.

Emilia Fox

Emilia Fox

Dr Nikki Alexander [ 2004 - ]

David Caves

David Caves

Jack Hodgson [ 2013 - ]

Richard Lintern

Richard Lintern

Dr Thomas Chamberlain [ 2014 - ]

Amanda Burton

Amanda Burton

Dr./Professor Sam Ryan [ 1996 - 2004 ]

William Gaminara

William Gaminara

Dr./Professor Leo Dalton [ 2002 - 2013 ]

Tom Ward

Tom Ward

Dr Harry Cunningham [ 2002 - 2012 ]

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  • Erm ...

    just watched the episode of the new series of Silent Witness or was it the woodentops? some of the acting was simply that wooden. It does take a lot to move me to comment but that was awful
  • Help me settle an argument

    Have just watched 'legacy' and my husband believes the building where the bodies were found is rossendale hospital my friend disagrees who is right
  • If i was mudered il'd want these three to try and catch my killer

    I must say the original series of the show with amanda burton as sam ryan i didn't like i just hated sam ryan as a character and had avoided the show, however recently a friend made me watch it when we were watching tv and i absolutly love it, i love harry, nicki, and leo i like the cases they investigate now, and the writing and the storylines they show are so much more intresting than the ones they showed before, the investigating is done well the science is intresting and the bosies always look so real, i don't know how any one could'nt love it can't wait till the next season.moreless
  • Such a brilliant show, probably my favourite BBC programme!

    I absolutely love this show. The idea of the body offering up clues and therefore helping to solve the case enthralls me. I also think the characters of Harry, Nikki and Leo are fantastic. They bring their own sense of humour into the show, especially Harry, which lightens an otherwise dark programme. Harry and Nikki's somewhat complicated relationship is another factor that draws the viewer into the show. The sexual tension flies between the two, even if they refuse to see it. You can tell that they are more than friends by their actions towards each other, not to mention the playful banter and innuendo. For example, in the last episode of series 11 when Nikki nearly gets killed (but rescued by DI Mays at the last minute), she returns to the lab and Harry immediately walks up to her and hugs her. He then asks her if she's okay, and she tells him that the doctor had a look at her. Harry then replies with "Lucky doctor". That sentence speaks volumes if you ask me! Anyway, the show is utterly amazing, and I cannot wait for series 13 this autumn!moreless
  • True British Crime Drama

    I started watching 'Silent Witness' when it first aired in Finland back in the late 90's and so far I've seen the first eight seasons. I was fascinated by the idea of a woman pathologist and as I saw the first few episodes I knew I was hooked. In true British fashion, displaying dead bodies without covering them up much unlike in US shows, to the point of being gross, but it also adds to the reality of it all. I also think that comparing 'Silent Witness' to shows like CSI etc. is not right. From what I've seen of SW, it's very different and definitely on a different level altogether from other crime shows. Though the show most definitely focuses on solving the cases, it also adds just enough of drama and depth for the characters to keep you hooked. In fact, with her infuriating stubbornness, dry sense of humor and a tragic past Sam Ryan to me was the best feature of the show (until season eight, anyway) so much so that I still miss the character.moreless

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