Waking the Dead

Season 1 Episode 3

The Blind Beggar, Part One

Aired Daily 9:00 PM Jun 25, 2001 on BBC
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The Blind Beggar, Part One

Workmen are burrowing in the crypt of a Catholic church when they come across the skeletal remains of a young man buried in concrete. The squad sets about trying to pinpoint the identity of the body, which was buried with the accoutrements of certain Catholic rituals. Even more oddly, there is a message in Braille buried with the corpse, which turns out to be a passage from one of St. Paul's letters to the Corinthians. The team suspects that the body was never meant to be discovered.


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  • The Cold Case Squad is called in when a body is unearthed during renovations to a local church.

    I have to say I was very, very impressed with this episode of Waking the Dead. The plot is beautiful and full of intrigue. The acting is excellent and not just from the main actors. The supporting cast did an excellent job as well. I was glued to the television watching this episode. This is what I was expecting when I purchased the DVD. I can't wait to watch the second half.moreless
Trevor Eve

Trevor Eve

Det. Supt. Peter Boyd

Sue Johnston

Sue Johnston

Dr Grace Foley

Holly Aird

Holly Aird

Dr Frankie Wharton

Claire Goose

Claire Goose

DC Amelia Silver

Wil Johnson

Wil Johnson

DS Spencer Jordan

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    • 20 years ago, Trevor Eve had just finished his run as Eddie Shoestring, a very popular BBC series. Sue Johnston was just beginning her role as Shelie on the series Brookside. Claire Goose was seven, Wil Johnson was seventeen.


    • Frankie: Both Father Stuart and the corpse in the concrete had Huntington's Disease
      HD typically begins in mid-life, between the ages of 30 and 45, though onset may occur as early as the age of 2. Children who develop the juvenile form of the disease rarely live to adulthood. HD affects males and females equally and crosses all ethnic and racial boundaries. Each child of a person with HD has a 50/50 chance of inheriting the fatal gene. Everyone who carries the gene will develop the disease. In 1993, the HD gene was isolated and a direct genetic test developed which can accurately determine whether a person carries the HD gene. The test cannot predict when symptoms will begin. However, in the absence of a cure, some individuals "at risk" elect not to take the test.

      Early symptoms of Huntington's Disease may affect cognitive ability or mobility and include depression, mood swings, forgetfulness, clumsiness, involuntary twitching and lack of coordination. As the disease progresses, concentration and short-term memory diminish and involuntary movements of the head, trunk and limbs increase. Walking, speaking and swallowing abilities deteriorate. Eventually the person is unable to care for him or herself. Death follows from complications such as choking, infection or heart failure.

    • Grace Foley: his boots are Doc Martens
      also known as Dr. Martens, Doc's and DM's

      worn by Elton John as the Pinball Wizard in Tommy.

      The boot's comfort, durability and fashion have attracted a cult-like following from both trendsetters and workmen alike

    • Grace Foley: his underwear are from Marks & Spencer
      British department store, about 300 stores in the U.K., been in business since around 1894.