Silent Witness

Series 16 - 7. Legacy - Part One

Radio Times
Review by:
Alison Graham

Professor Leo Dalton must be some kind of superhero because he’s always in the right place at exactly the right time. At the start of tonight’s episode he’s at the opening of a new ward at a hospital. Upstairs a blankly despairing dad, brandishing a shot gun, sits by his dying son’s bedside and switches off the boy’s life support machine before demanding Dalton comes to see him.

Thus begins another thickly bleak mystery involving suggestions of a conspiracy between shadowy establishment figures and a burglar, trapped in an attic, who starves to death. As ever, the pathologists become involved in ways that should not concern them.

About this programme

7/10. Part one of two. The discovery of a teenager's remains halts an eco-housing project, putting Nikki and Jack under pressure to help solve the mystery so construction can continue - and leading to an unexpected romance for Nikki. Meanwhile, Leo is caught up in a dangerous hospital siege when distraught father Tom Hancock holds a ward at gunpoint, insisting his terminally ill son's life-support is switched off. Emilia Fox, William Gaminara and David Caves star, with Mark Womack and Ed Stoppard.

Cast and crew


Dr Nikki Alexander
Emilia Fox
Prof Leo Dalton
William Gaminara
Jack Hodgson
David Caves
Clarissa Mullery
Liz Carr
Colin Connor
Josef Altin
DI Bob Cherry
David Westhead
Tom Hancock
Mark Womack
Dr Sanjit Jumani
Pasha Bocarie
Lord James Embleton
Ed Stoppard
Peter Hancock
Jake Arrowsmith
Velile Tshabalala
Sir William Embleton
Richard Johnson
Stella Hancock
Adie Allen
Brian Blackburn
Wayne Foskett
Derren Blackburn
James Burrows
David Loader
Cal MacAninch
George Ryder
Tim Preece
Alison Ryder
Teresa Banham
Duty nurse
Syreeta Kumar
Tactical support leader
Paul Bridle
Armed officer
Scott Lane
Agency nurse
Anna Jaskolka
Company commander
Kevin McGowan


David Richards
Sharon Bloom
Stephen Gallagher