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Silent Witness

  • Mystery
  • Drama

Summary

"Silent Witness" burst onto BBC One in 1996 and has been a permanent fixture ever since. Nigel McCrery's drama about a team of forensic pathologists originally followed the work of Dr Sam Ryan (Amanda Burton), who was based on Professor Helen Whitwell, a forensic pathologist based in Sheffield. Ryan was required to identify the cause of death if it appeared to be unnatural or suspicious. Her first case involved carrying out an autopsy on a child that had suffered abuse, including cigarette burns and several broken ribs. The first three series were set in Cambridge, but it relocated to London in series four when Ryan became the new Chair in Forensic Pathology at London University. Burton left the show in series eight and her character was replaced by Dr Nikki Alexander (Emilia Fox), a forensic anthropologist who was originally employed to analyse bones. Criminal investigations are typically solved in two-part stories. Other characters include Dr Harry Cunningham (Tom Ward), Professor Leo Dalton (William Gaminara) and Dr Trevor Stewart (William Armstrong).

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