Silent Witness

Season 10 Episode 5

A Body of Work, Part One

Aired Weekdays 9:00 PM Jul 30, 2006 on BBC
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A Body of Work, Part One

When an ex girlfriend of Harry's, Penny Harris, is brought into the mortuary, it is set to Nikki to find out how she died in an unusual car accident, putting a strain on a relationship between herself and Harry. The case looks like suicide at first while DCI Ambrose finds out that Penny might have been having an affair. Nikki's post mortem produces a devastating revelation for Harry. Leo investigates the death of an artist, Jimmy Triangle, which looks like a staged apparent suicide. An anonymous video puts art critic Seth Jewell in the frame. But Leo isn't convinced and he starts to realise that this death is an artwork in its own right.


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  • Harry and Nikki's relationship crashes on take-off when the past comes between them.

    When an ex-girlfriend of Harry's is brought into the mortuary, Nikki has to take over the investigation into her death. This puts a strain on the relationship between herself and Harry, which had just begun to develop after they both attended the same boring medical convention.

    Harry has to face the truth about his past and what really happened to the people that he knew back in his student days. It is not a pleasant journey. Leo investigates the death of a "conceptual artist" whose body is found in one of his works of art. Both he and the cop on the case become more than a little impatient with the world of New Art while trying to work out if it was suicide or murder.moreless
  • Badly written by writers trying to make things 'interesting' when they were fine already.

    Spoilers follow.

    Every now and again you get a writer who tries to make the series they are writing for more 'interesting' without them realising that everything is going quite swimmingly with it already.

    Why on earth this writer felt the need to mess around with the lovely blossoming relationship of Nikki and Harry - which was turning out to be a nice, romantic and healthly growing relationship - is beyond me.

    The frankly quite ridiculous reactions of Harry to the arrival of his ex-girlfriend on the slab would have made more sense if they hadn't tried to make it 'suspenseful', only revealing that his ex-girlfriend was pregnant and he's been guilty about asking her to have an abortion for years. Which in the first place is not something that the Harry we've been used to would ever ask his girlfriend.

    I am writing this review without seeing the second half of the episode, as it airs tonight. I hope somehow the writer works his way out of the indcredible hole he's dug himself. If the child that could possibly be Harry's turns out to be his, there is no logical way for him to be written into the series, as he will either have to be incorperated into the series, which I couldn't care less about, or he will be ignored which is a stupid idea.

    This is the first time I've been so very unimpressed with this wonderful series, and sadly, everyone who I've spoken to agrees with me. I'm only generous with my rating because the scenes before the credits were completely wonderful and enjoyable.moreless
Sarah Thurstan

Sarah Thurstan

Prof Amanda Sutcliffe

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Suzan Sylvester

Suzan Sylvester

Det Supt Nicola Hills

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Cassandra Friend

Cassandra Friend

Stephanie Gibbs

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