Waking the Dead

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  • TV-14
  • 2000
  • 9 Seasons
  • 7.9  (5,322)

Waking the Dead is a British crime drama focusing on the work of a fictional Metropolitan Police force department called the cold case unit. Beginning with a pilot broadcast on the British network BBC One Waking the Dead has proved successful enough to complete nine seasons of more than 90 episodes; telling stand alone stories each plot line is told over a two hour format divided for broadcast into two 60 minute episodes. Created by Barbara Machin the show depicts a team of detectives and scientists investigating crimes that generally happened many years ago, sometimes dating back to the middle of the 20th century and have remained unsolved into the 21st century. The main character of Waking the Dead is Detective Superintendent Peter Boyd, a middle aged police officer who uses the dissapearance and eventual murder of his runaway son as his reason to investigate cold cases. Boyd heads a close knit team that includes a criminal profiler, Dr. Grace Foley who provides a common sense approach to the cases investigated by the more outlandish Boyd. Also assisting in the investigations are a forensic scientist, initially Dr. Frankie Wharton and later the character of Dr. Eve Lockhart is introduced. The series differs from many other police procedural's as the character of the forensic scientist is seen as an integral part of the investigating team and consulted frequently for opinions on the theories presented for a murder or crime. During the run of Waking the Dead the show has received a large amount of critical praise and has remained a ratings hit in the U.K. Amongst the awards won by Waking the Dead are an International Emmy for two episodes broadcast as part of the third season. The show remains successful because of the strong acting credentials of the cast, which includes veteran British performers Trevor Eve as Peter Boyd and Sue Johnston as Dr. Grace Foley; the character of Dr. Eve Lockhart, played by Tara Fitzgerald.

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Seasons
Waterloo, Part 2
10. Waterloo, Part 2
April 11, 2011
There's growing concern amongst the team over Sarah's disappearance, and time is running out for Boyd as he fights his final battle for justice against a powerful adversary. Will he prevail?
Waterloo, Part 1
9. Waterloo, Part 1
April 10, 2011
Boyd is being moved out of the Cold Case Unit, but first he decides to take on the unsolved mystery of 16 homeless boys from Waterloo Bridge who disappeared in the 1980s. The Cold Case team's investigation unearths the grimmest find of their careers.
Conviction, Part 2
8. Conviction, Part 2
April 4, 2011
Boyd needs Sarah's counter-terrorism expertise to help expose the state's involvement in Karl Barclay's death, but the case only amplifies Sarah's crippling self-doubt and guilt over the death of a colleague.
Conviction, Part 1
7. Conviction, Part 1
April 3, 2011
When a missing student's DNA matches with that of a corpse found drowned years before, Boyd suspects a cover-up. Unmasking the fears and tensions of the post 7/7 terror attacks, the team discover the victim could have formed part of a terrorist cell.
Solidarity, Part 2
6. Solidarity, Part 2
March 27, 2011
As Boyd and his team burrow deep into the paranoid, polarized world of early 80s British national security, they uncover duplicity and sabotage that goes to the heart of government today, and that puts Grace in mortal danger.
Solidarity, Part 1
5. Solidarity, Part 1
March 27, 2011
The team investigate the murder of notorious Falklands' veteran-turned-peace activist Piers Kennedy, rumored by conspiracy theorists to have been killed by the state - a theory that appears far from outlandish when his corpse is discovered.
Care, Part 2
4. Care, Part 2
March 21, 2011
The investigation into Claire Somers' death has seemingly unleashed a predator straight from the darkest childhood nightmare. But are they looking for a monstrous child-stealer, or misguided saviors?
Care, Part 1
3. Care, Part 1
March 20, 2011
When the Cold Case squad learn that a recently murdered woman is Claire Somers, who as a seven year-old girl was abducted from a care home 25 years ago, they unveil a shocking portrait of life in the 1980s care system.
Harbinger, Part 2
2. Harbinger, Part 2
March 14, 2011
Boyd is convinced that the missing Donald is not a murderer, and pushes his team to try to make sense of all the vague connections in the case and eventually confront the unfathomable evil lurking within the heart of this sad, unfortunate family.
Harbinger, Part 1
1. Harbinger, Part 1
March 13, 2011
Boyd has to break in a new team member, Detective Superintendent Sarah Cavendish, a high-flyer recently grounded by a hushed-up failed operation. The team investigate the mystery of a missing banker to help the man's seemingly-cursed family find closure.
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Waking the Dead is a British crime drama focusing on the work of a fictional Metropolitan Police force department called the cold case unit. Beginning with a pilot broadcast on the British network BBC One Waking the Dead has proved successful enough to complete nine seasons of more than 90 episodes; telling stand alone stories each plot line is told over a two hour format divided for broadcast into two 60 minute episodes. Created by Barbara Machin the show depicts a team of detectives and scientists investigating crimes that generally happened many years ago, sometimes dating back to the middle of the 20th century and have remained unsolved into the 21st century.

The main character of Waking the Dead is Detective Superintendent Peter Boyd, a middle aged police officer who uses the dissapearance and eventual murder of his runaway son as his reason to investigate cold cases. Boyd heads a close knit team that includes a criminal profiler, Dr. Grace Foley who provides a common sense approach to the cases investigated by the more outlandish Boyd. Also assisting in the investigations are a forensic scientist, initially Dr. Frankie Wharton and later the character of Dr. Eve Lockhart is introduced. The series differs from many other police procedural's as the character of the forensic scientist is seen as an integral part of the investigating team and consulted frequently for opinions on the theories presented for a murder or crime.

During the run of Waking the Dead the show has received a large amount of critical praise and has remained a ratings hit in the U.K. Amongst the awards won by Waking the Dead are an International Emmy for two episodes broadcast as part of the third season. The show remains successful because of the strong acting credentials of the cast, which includes veteran British performers Trevor Eve as Peter Boyd and Sue Johnston as Dr. Grace Foley; the character of Dr. Eve Lockhart, played by Tara Fitzgerald.

Waking the Dead is a series that is currently running and has 9 seasons (103 episodes). The series first aired on September 4, 2000.

Where to Watch Waking the Dead

Waking the Dead is available for streaming on the BBC America website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Waking the Dead on demand at Apple TV+, Amazon Prime, Amazon, Google Play, Hoopla and Apple TV.

  • Premiere Date
    September 4, 2000
  • IMDB Rating
    7.9  (5,322)