5 reasons we are loving the new series of Silent Witness
The seminal crime drama Silent Witness began its life in 1996; now, in its nineteenth series it is almost 20 years old and still going strong.
Five episodes in, we are at the halfway point of this new and thrilling series. The sixth episode, “In Plain Sight” airs tomorrow (25.01.2016). In this preview of the next episode we see a snapshot of Jack and Nikki investigating a teenager shot and killed by an armed policeman.
Here are five reasons we’re still madly in love with Silent Witness.
Two words: Emilia Fox. She joined the cast as Dr. Nikki Alexander back in 2004 and has been with the show from series eight all the way through to the current series. Emilia has talent in her blood: born to actors Edward Fox and Joanna David, niece to James Fox, sister to Freddie Fox and cousin to Laurence and Lydia. This doesn’t stop her standing out on her own as the doggedly persistent and intelligent forensic pathologist.
This time it’s personal
The series opened with a real shocker when we were forced to question even our own dear Nikki. Finding a murder victim in an identical position to a case she had dismissed as suicide, Nikki discovers she’s more involved than she would like to be. This gripping opening reminded us exactly why we love the show: a genuinely complex case that we are far too stupid to solve without the Lyell team spelling it out for us – oh and enough gore to keep things interesting.
Tackling the big topics
In the past we’ve seen Silent Witness take on controversial subject matter like homophobia, sexual abuse and terrorism. This series is no different. Unafraid to keep the drama firmly based in reality, we have already seen series 19 take on fundamentalism and topics like gun possession and sexual abuse still to be tackled this series.
This one’s just for the ladies
David Caves joined the team in series 16 and has been brightening up our evenings ever since. Your stereotypical forensic scientist with a penchant for cage fighting (what?!) he provides a healthy level of eye candy when you’ve seen just about enough mangled corpses.
— Emmzz (@emmzable) February 3, 2015
A stellar line-up
With Emilia leading the way in hot talent, and David Caves not far behind, Silent Witness has always managed to keep its cast fresh and engaging. We’re thrilled to see Richard Lintern, who joined the team in series 17, back as the cool and collected head of the Lyell centre. Liz Carr also remains part of the action as Clarissa Mullery, the sarcastic and quick-witted lab assistant. The show is never short of a guest star or two either; this time around we’ll be seeing Niamh Cusack, Geraldine Somerville and Lloyd Owen making appearances.
Silent Witness airs tomorrow night (25.01.2016) at 9pm on BBC One.