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This BBC crime drama follows a team of forensic pathologists as they investigate crimes for the Cambridge police department. Dr. Sam Ryan is a brilliant and unflappable pathologist who works with the police to solve the most gruesome of crimes using forensic evidence. The cases are often disturbing and violent, starting in episode one with the suspicious death by drowning of a six year old child.

Thursdays & Fridays at 9:00 pm on BBC One
15 Seasons, 122 Episodes - Returning Series
February 21, 1996
Action & Adventure, Horror & Suspense, Drama, Crime
7.8/10
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  • Rising star Sergeant Sam Honeywell is found beaten and shot in his burnt-out car in Essex. The police are up in arms in what is a hugely emotive and political case for them, and DCI Jim Sullivan is determined to nail Honeywell's killer. When a local drug dealer and son of known crime boss Dean Fallon seems to have his alibi sewn up, suspicion shifts closer to home. Honeywell is discovered to have been in an affair with Kate Parry, wife of his best friend, Sergeant Carl Parry. It looks bad for Parry, and Jack reveals details of Honeywell's final moments, which hit Sullivan hard.

  • A young woman working for the Doshi property moguls, Amy Greenwood, is found dead in Maksim Bazhanov's apartment. Maksim is discovered to have been in a relationship with Yasmin Doshi. Nikki, Jack and Thomas ingeniously prove that foul play was involved in Amy's death and help the police find the missing Bazhanov. Amy's mother Justine is a powerful player in the City Assembly and, fueled by the death of her daughter, she puts pressure on DI Sarah Parks's investigation. Suspicion soon falls on Adam Lansley of FreeLondon, a violent activist known to target the super-rich. But Maksim is a powerful man with many enemies, and the team find one of them where they least expect it.

  • A shootout at a City hotel leaves young Ukrainian nanny Sofia Teplov dead, along with an unknown hitman. The Russian oligarch target Maksim Bazhanov narrowly escapes. Nikki and Jack work with young City DI Sarah Parks to ascertain the identity of the dead hitman and find out who is trying to kill Bazhanov and why. Jack is drawn to Sarah, impressed by her ability to juggle work and family when he finds out her daughter has a rare childhood cancer. The discovery of the hitmen's identities frustrates the team when they realize they could have been hired by any number of paymasters.

  • Daniel Garvey is found dead in his car and social worker Louise fears that he may have been killed by his sixteen year old stepson Kevin, who has just come out of care. Nikki, Jack and Thomas focus in on Lizzie Craddock's movements on the night of Barge's murder. Jack and DI Gina Conroy discover Lizzie's last known location, but fear what they may find there. Louise comes under further pressure when she is forced to make a call on whether a sick child, Ricky Mansfield, is being abused by his parents.

  • Tension on the tube network threatens to boil over, and security is stepped up. The accidental verdict in the first death is called into question and the witnesses are brought in for interview. Amongst them is Lana Sutherland, a young hotel worker who has taken in a homeless man, Owen. DI Nelson lets Lana slip through the net before he realizes she may be harboring a dangerous killer. Nikki helps Nelson unearth the mystery of his father's death, allowing him to confront and resolve the childhood memories that haunt him. He refocuses on the case and, with Jack and Nikki, discovers the missing key that links the victims.

  • Nikki and Jack investigate a man run down and killed by a train. When a female vicar is then murdered after being followed on the underground, the team faces the difficult prospect of building a case against her distraught husband. Nikki forms a bond with high-flying DI Luke Nelson, impressed by his intelligence and compassion. He asks her to help re-evaluate the details of his father's murder when he was a child. When a young roofer is stalked and brutally killed on his journey home, Nelson and the Lyell team identify a suspect on the tube cameras who links the murders, and a full-scale manhunt is launched.

  • The sniper plays a macabre game of cat and mouse with police, while Jack forms a friendship with the teenage son of one of the victims, offering sympathy and support. Thomas tries to ensure the safety of his daughter Rosie and estranged wife Julia amidst growing public fear, while fighting his urge to interfere in their lives. Nikki and Jack look closer at the targets to reveal the hidden motive of the killer. The investigation is scaled up by DCI Jane De Freitas, but it's Jack's shocking discovery at one of the victims' homes that leads the team to the perpetrator.

  • DCI Jane De Freitas's personal fallout with boss and partner chief superintendent Robert Drake is the least of her worries when three people are shot dead in a gas station. Nikki and Jack conclude that it is the work of a concealed shooter from long range. A sniper is at large in London. They combine ballistics and wound pathology, along with DCI De Freitas's expertise in victim and killer profiling, to narrow down the suspects. De Freitas contains her undercurrent of animosity towards Drake, as the team works to find the killer apparently striking at random.

  • Jack's world is blown apart by the discovery of Hannah's dead body and Nikki uncovers the truth behind Jack and Ryan's strained relationship. Dr. Christy Nash fears for his marriage and business when DI Carter learns of his relationship with 15 year old Katie. As Jack's suspicion of Ryan grows, his lone investigation puts him in grave danger and life will never be the same again...

  • The shocking discovery of a 15-year-old girl's body sees DI Dale Carter fixate on his prime murder suspect Ryan Kelvin. However, Jack's personal connection to Ryan presents a conflict of interests, leading Thomas to replace him with forensic scientist Helen Ferguson. But in his quest for the truth, Jack's instinctively drawn into the investigation, alienating him from Nikki and the team.

  • Martin, the sole eye-witness in the murder case, is found dead in suspicious circumstances. Threatened by an angry Bekir, Nuri grows increasingly desperate to find the missing drugs with tragic consequences. Nikki helps grieving William come to terms with his daughter Alice's death and his missing baby granddaughter.

  • When the body of a pregnant Northern Irish girl is discovered, the team face the urgent task of finding the baby snatched from her womb. Father of the child, married-man Simon, is the prime suspect in DS Sally Kirchner's eyes. Meanwhile, Thomas uncovers the teenage girl's connections to a criminal underworld. Nikki and Jack encounter her addict boyfriend Nuri and ruthless drug dealer Bekir, suspected of masterminding the hit-killing of a Drugs Squad cop.

  • Nikki, Jack and DS Ross find themselves under pressure to urgently close the net on a serial killer abducting young women. Concerns grow over missing Sarah, and solving her mysterious disappearance becomes an urgent priority for Nikki and Jack. Nikki's confidence in the detectives is diminished when she suspects a cover-up in the past case of a murdered prostitute and her pimp.

  • Nikki and Jack head to Scotland to help earnest rural detective DS Jason Ross investigate the chilling murder of a lap dancer found in a remote forest. In their search, the team clash with rogue city detectives DS Mike MacNeil and DI Simon Laing. But as more human remains are unearthed in the forest, it becomes apparent that a dangerous serial killer is at large. News of the murders unsettles new mother Sarah, who is harboring a dark secret from her partner Steve.

  • Nikki's professional reputation is on the line when her romantic involvement with lawyer Greg Walker leads her face-to-face with a raging Bennetto. Thomas is under mounting pressure as he battles to save the Lyell Centre's reputation in the midst of a media storm. Meanwhile, Jack and Clarissa uncover the true identity of murder victim Byron Lee.

  • Footballer Isaac Dreyfus desperately fights to prove his innocence, while Adam Freedman turns to a mysterious source for help to avenge the murder of his wife and child. Under scrutiny from the press, the police push The Lyell Centre to deliver results. However, a re-examination of the Freedman crime scene leads Jack to make a startling discovery.

  • Footballer Isaac Dreyfus' reputation is under threat when a sex tape links him to the brutal murder of a woman. Nikki struggles to come to terms with Leo's death following the arrival of the new boss. Her feelings surface as the pressure grows to find leads for two unsolved cases - a mother and son murdered in their wealthy London home and the disfigured body of a young woman.

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