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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
17 Seasons, 145 Episodes
February 21, 1996
Action & Adventure, Horror & Suspense, Drama, Crime
7.8/10
Cast: Emilia Fox, William Gaminara, Tom Ward
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Silent Witness Full Episode Guide

  • With Nikki locked in a struggle for survival, Jack is must use all of his abilities to track her down. When a mysterious person calls to make demands in return for Nikki's release, Jack's moral principles are put to the test. And with life and death in the balance, every decision counts...

  • Nikki travels to Mexico when her friend is killed in a car-jacking. But soon she makes a discovery that sets her on collision course with some dangerous and unpredictable forces. Thomas sends Jack to brink Nikki home, but soon he is knee-deep in the unfolding situation.

  • Nikki reaches out to Becky to help her deal with her trauma, as her father is implicated in the killings. Jack's paranoia about Clarissa leaving deepens further when the pair joins forces with Max. And the death of a schoolteacher proves key to the mystery.

  • When an East End father and son are killed in a shocking road accident, Nikki and Jack find themselves working alongside a police officer with a vendetta. Clarissa summons her husband Max, a digital forensics expert, to help crack the case - and uncovers disturbing video evidence.

  • Nikki is under fire for leaking information on a suspect, and Thomas is called in to play peacemaker. Jack and DI Ashton track down the mystery witness. Before the killer strikes again, the team must uncover the true story of Ruth Tresize's disappearance three years earlier.

  • A woman's body found floating in the Thames leads Nikki and Jack to a community on the banks of the River Lee. Three years ago a teenager called Ruth Tresize went missing from the area, leaving the locals haunted by suspicion and grief. A fresh spate of killings reopens these old wounds.

  • Having found a link between the two cases, the team struggle to make sense of it. Nikki visits a disgraced former colleague who may hold the key. Thomas uncovers the bizarre truth about how Tina died.

  • When a photogenic young schoolteacher goes missing, Jack and Nikki are called to the scene and quickly find themselves at the center of a media storm. Meanwhile, Thomas fights a lone crusade for justice for a troubled young woman who was killed in puzzling circumstances.

  • When Nikki, Jack and Thomas make a horrific discovery in the van, they're confronted with the work of a killer who preys on illegal immigrants. With the help of Clarissa, they must work out where the killer will strike next before more vulnerable people meet the same fate.

  • When a people-smuggler is found dead in the City, Nikki must delve London's illegal immigrant community. She meets a vulnerable Syrian teen called Akka who is in need of help, putting Nikki in a moral dilemma - and the killer is still on the loose.

  • Nikki and Jack are thrown into mortal danger as they uncover a high-powered world of sex and depravity. Meanwhile, Amy confronts her past.

  • Jack leads the hunt for suspected killer Bruno, the brother of the Polish teenager shot by the armed police, and enters London's small but devastating gun trade.

  • The accidental fatal shooting of a Polish teenager in an armed police operation triggers a series of murders that link Turkish gangsters, a grieving family and a fractured firearms unit.

  • Further victims are killed and a distinctive, sadistic modus operandi begins to become clear. The team turns to forensic psychologist Sasha for advice on the killer.

  • An ex-convict is killed and suspicion lands on a recently released child killer. As other former long term prisoners out on a life licence come under scrutiny, the team learns how fragile their freedom is.

  • Thomas must put his personal feelings aside as the team track down Begovic before she and her extremist compatriots strike out again.

  • A young British Muslim returns secretly to the UK. Although initially suspected of drug smuggling, concerns over her intentions soon escalate.

  • Nikki becomes the prime suspect after a former colleague is murdered. Jack, Thomas and Clarissa fight to clear her name and find the real killer.

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