Waking the Dead

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Waking the Dead
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Welcome to Waking the Dead at TV.com. Led by Detective Superintendent Peter Boyd (Trevor Eve) the Cold Case Squad investigates serious crimes which have gone unsolved. Armed with the latest technological advances and old fashioned hard work, Psychological Profiler Grace Foley (Sue Johnston), Forensic Pathologist Frankie Wharton (Holly Aird), Detective Constable Mel Silver (Claire Goose) and Detective Sergeant Spencer Jordan (Wil Johnson) wake the dead for clues and answers.

 

Trevor Eve

Trevor Eve

Det Supt Peter Boyd

Sue Johnston

Sue Johnston

Dr Grace Foley

Holly Aird

Holly Aird

Dr Frankie Wharton [ 2000 - 2004 ]

Tara Fitzgerald

Tara Fitzgerald

Dr Eve Lockhart [ 2007 - 2011 ]

Claire Goose

Claire Goose

DC/DS Amelia Silver [ 2000 - 2004 ]

Wil Johnson

Wil Johnson

DC/DS/DI Spencer Jordan

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Excellent

    9.4
    Waking The Dead is dark, gritty and extremely violent and gory - the perfect combination.



    Unlike CIS-Every State in the US, this show covers a wide topic of Police Drama - from illegal organ transplants to sniper on the car park. Some of the stories are good, some of them are boring. But they all provide a good insight into the Cold Case Units.



    But the best thing about the show is the variety of characters - good and bad. The 'villains' of the show are nasty and scum of the earth. It's a shame they don't come back very often though.



    The good however are great - Grace is the reason behind the team, Spencer is the muscle, Kathy/Stella/Mel are the investigators and Eve/Felix/Frankie are the brains. But its Trevor Eve - Peter Boyd that rules the show. A man full of power and emotion, and isn't afraid to show it.



    So to sum it up - a great show.moreless
  • More then just the facts

    10
    Waking the dead has impressed me greatly ever since the series started. I have always been a great fan of CSI series, however the BBC approach is at times darker, the drama is deeper (as one expects from a BBC result) and the storyline is often very gripping.



    Our shoestring still fights for the truth, but now for those who can no longer speak. As you go from season to season you see more then just the development of the team members. The excellence of the actors and writers make these journeys a quality filling evening with every case you watch. The double episode apprach still functions excellently after 6 seasons. The whole buildup and progress which is not possible in 41.3 minutes (excluding advertisement) is not a match for the 2 full hour episodes this group delivers.



    This is more then a dynamic team story, it is often the deeper thought of victim and criminal that makes this series pretty much the reigning ruler of BBC Drama.moreless
  • Needs past characters

    8.6
    Waking the Dead is a very good show.Trevor Eve is the reason the show works.He is very intense. It was too bad they replaced Frankie and Mel.Also in the United States the show needs to have a permanent spot and not a hit and miss scheduling as it is now.
  • hi, waking the dead is usch a good programme, i've seen the last three or so series, its great, the plots are brillant and trevor eve is such a good actor. i love the show cna't wait for teh next series! although what a cliffhanger it always leaves, greatmoreless

    9.4
    hi, waking the dead is usch a good programme, i've seen the last three or so series, its great, the plots are brillant and trevor eve is such a good actor. i love the show cna't wait for teh next series!although what cliffhanger every series leaves! great, brillant, i hope it never stops!
  • The cold case unit always have an interesting case to re-open, and (hopefully!) solve. forensics, physcology and logic all come into it, as the killer must be brought to justice.

    10
    I love this programme - and I'm gutted that the current series has had to end! But, having said that, I can't wait for series six. Bring it on (fast please!)!!! This programme is not just about DNA matching and stuff (if you want that watch CSI), but it involves so much more. The back stories of the characters all come in, and there is often a lot of doubt if an old case of somebody on the team is called into question. Superb acting, great writing and brilliant direction all make this programme what it is - FANTASTIC! ! !moreless
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    Categories

    Drama, Suspense

    Themes

    altruistic behavior, extraordinary situations, real police work, ruthless killing, British TV