Silent Witness

9:00pm Thursday 17 January on BBC ONE

In the second two-part episode, entitled Trust, when two women are shot in a house basement, Nikki and Jack are baffled by the conflicting possible motives, while Leo faces a difficult case – proving his pathologist mentor made a mistake in evidence that imprisoned a mother for smothering her baby to death.

As the hunt for the basement women killer intensifies, Nikki and Jack are shocked to uncover a dangerous plot that threatens national security. And Leo must race against time to prove the imprisoned mother’s innocence and reunite her with her other son before he’s lost in the adoption system.

Emilia Fox plays Dr Nikki Alexander, William Gaminara plays Professor Leo Dalton, David Caves plays Jack Hodgson, Liz Carr plays Forensic Lab Scientist Clarissa Mullery, Amanda Drew plays DI Reed, Bill Ward plays Hearns, Sammy Kissin plays Ellisabet Vrinksa, Freya Parker plays Mary Smith, Ashley Chin plays Mark Benson, Lashana Lynch plays Shona Benson, Davood Ghadami plays Ali Kohali, Bryan Dick plays Lucas Ballinger, Mark Bonnar plays Piers Christie, Bryony Afferson plays Petra Smith, Adam James plays Dr Richard Fell, Danielle Bux plays Female Reporter

9:00pm Thursday 10 January on BBC ONE

Forensic pathologists Dr Nikki Alexander (Emilia Fox) and Professor Leo Dalton (William Gaminara) return to BBC One for another series of Silent Witness, with the welcome arrival of Forensic Scientist Jack Hodgson (David Caves).

Straight-talking and disarmingly quick-witted, Jack is one of the youngest Forensic Scientists in the country. What he lacks in experience, he more than makes up for in talent and dedication.

Joining David in the new series is Liz Carr as Forensic Lab Scientist Clarissa Mullery. Having enjoyed a successful working relationship together and been crucial in Jack’s career progression, he has persuaded Clarissa to join him at the Lyell Centre.

In the opening episode, John Briggs, a wealthy, ageing confectionery company owner, is found dead in his London hotel suite. Nikki joins forces with Jack to prove to sceptical DI Gold that it’s murder, not death by natural causes.

Several suited sharks circle as it transpires Briggs was losing a desperate fight to prevent the sale of his ailing company to investors. And Michael Trenter, his PR man, is unable to conceal Briggs’ murky private life from the baying press, devaluing the family brand by the hour. Meanwhile, Geraldine, Briggs’ estranged daughter, is a fish out of water as she’s left control of the company in her father’s will.

Leo is left in no doubt about how to secure the Lyell Centre’s future – by employing Jack Hodgson to head up a new forensics department. And just as the new team are cemented, crucial evidence from a discovered body gives them a shocking lead on the killer’s motive.

Emilia Fox plays Dr Nikki Alexander, William Gaminara plays Professor Leo Dalton, David Caves plays Jack Hodgson, Liz Carr plays Forensic Lab Scientist Clarissa Mullery, Priyanga Burford plays DS Seetha Gold, Robert Lonsdale plays DC Gus Cook, Sharon Small plays Geraldine Briggs, Anna Madeley plays Annette Kelly, Derek Riddell plays Michael Trenter, Anna Brewster plays Deanna Collier, Rob Dixon plays Phillip Briggs, Tim Pigott-Smith plays John Briggs, Louis Emerick plays Kenny Barber, Christopher Hunter plays Peter Hornsby, Erik Madsen plays Emmett Scwartzman

9:00pm Sunday 19 August on BBC ONE

When Nikki witnesses barefoot 15-year-old Shannon running into an on-coming car it marks the start of her journey into a harrowing world where underage girls are groomed for sex. Written by Timothy Prager.

Part One

Detective Inspector Masood knows that Shannon has been sexually abused, but not by whom, and suspicion falls upon Shannon’s stepfather.

Harry is temporarily homeless from a gas explosion in his flat and moves in with Nikki. Together with Leo, the pair examine two puzzling bodies at the Lyell centre – a heavily tattooed man and a decomposed body abandoned at the airport.

?Part Two

The team of forensic pathologists uncover further harrowing details about underage girls who have been groomed and forced into prostitution. Leo examines the flat where Amy was held and quiet gang member Younis grows more uncomfortable as the men prey upon schoolgirls Lauren and Hannah.

Nikki uses facial reconstruction to identify the decomposed body found in the suitcase abandoned at the airport. She returns disturbed grooming victim Shannon home to her family, but when stepfather Abdul learns of Shannon’s ordeal he prepares to take revenge.

William Gaminara plays Leo, Emilia Fox plays Nikki, Tom Ward plays Harry, Amy Wren plays Shannon, Thusitha Jayasundera plays Detective Inspector Masood, Sanjeev Bhaskar plays Abdul Aziz, Madeline Duggan plays Amy, Tony Jayawardena plays Younis, Georgia Bourke plays Lauren and Chloe Cuthill plays Hannah.

Ep 6/6

9:00pm Sunday 29 April on BBC ONE

Leo visits his old friend from college Sean Delaney at his Psychiatric Care Centre in Essex.

Part One

One of Delaney’s patients, Eve Gilston, was found dead in her bed. Despite the coroner’s verdict of sudden arrhythmic death syndrome, Delaney is not convinced and asks Leo to investigate.

Suspicion falls on Eve’s dad Anthony, who lost the family fortune, and his wife Beth. Leo is made to feel less than welcome by DS Brooks who is suspicious of Leo’s motives until the truth comes out.?

Part Two

Leo is determined to uncover the circumstances surrounding the death of Eve Gilston. Nikki and Harry track down the nun who performed the exorcism but are shocked by what they find. Leo confronts Eve’s mother Beth Gilston and comes close to the truth on what actually happened the night before her daughter died.

Psychiatrist Sean struggle to come to terms with Eve’s death and turns his attention to Eve’s brother John, whom believes he too is now possessed by the demons that haunted his sister.

Writers/Dudi Appleton and Jim Keeble

William Gaminara plays Leo, Emilia Fox plays Nikki, Tom Ward plays Harry, Jodie Comer plays Eve Gilston, Mark Letheren plays Anthony, Tamzin Outhwaite plays Beth, Nina Sosanya plays DS Brooks, Adrian Dunbar plays Sean, Tom Ellis plays Father Jacobs and Joshua Nonet-Black plays John.

Ep 5

9:00pm Sunday 22 April on BBC ONE

There’s little sympathy when child-killer James Wade suddenly dies in his cell, but Leo’s encounter with the dead ex-prison inspector Rachel Kruger compels him to find out more about the notorious Redhill Prison.

Part One

Hardened prison officer Daniel Kessler and sidekick Ellis Roberts are not prepared to reveal anything. Harry meets Wade’s sister Miriam and agrees to help find her brother’s killer, but the team find themselves up against stubborn Detective Inspector Bridges who believes that Rachel’s husband Peter is soley responsible for her murder.

Part Two

The team of forensic pathologists investigate a murder at the notorious Redhill prison where the battle to control the drugs trade on the wing continues. Harry and Nikki dig deep into Detective Inspector Bridges’ past, making a significant discovery. Leo attempts to find the truth surrounding the murder of ex-prison inspector Rachel Kruger.

But when Leo decides to tail domineering prison officer Daniel Kessler he finds himself in dangerous territory – with an explosive outcome. Back at home, Leo has a heart-to-heart with Janet.

Writer, Ed Whitmore.

William Gaminara plays Leo, Emilia Fox plays Nikki, Tom Ward plays Harry, Juliette Cheveley plays Rachel Kruger, Leo Gregory plays Daniel Kessler, Simon Muller plays Eliis Roberts, Juliet Aubery plays Miriam, Gillian Kearney plays DI Bridges, James Barriscale plays Peter and Jaye Griffiths plays Janet.

Ep 4

9:00pm Sunday 8 April on BBC ONE

When Nikki witnesses 15-year-old Shannon running barefoot into an on-coming car, it marks the start of her journey into the harrowing world of sex grooming of underage girls.

Part One

Detective Inspector Masood knows Shannon has been sexually abused – but by whom? Suspicion falls upon Shannon’s stepfather.

Harry is temporarily homeless from a gas explosion in his flat and moves in with Nikki. The pair, along with Leo, examine two puzzling bodies at the Lyell centre – a heavily tattooed man and a decomposed body abandoned at the airport.

Part Two

The team of forensic pathologists uncover further harrowing details of a number of underage girls who have been groomed and forced into prostitution. Leo examines the flat where Amy was held. Quiet gang member Younis grows more uncomfortable as the men prey upon schoolgirls Lauren and Hannah.

Nikki uses facial reconstruction to identify the decomposed body found in the suitcase at the airport. She returns the disturbed Shannon to her family but when stepfather Abdul learns of Shannon’s ordeal he prepares to take revenge.

William Gaminara plays Leo, Emilia Fox plays Nikki, Tom Ward plays Harry, Amy Wren plays Shannon, Thusitha Jayasundera plays Detective Inspector Masood , Sanjeev Bhaskar plays Abdul Aziz, Madeline Duggan plays Amy, Tony Jayawardena plays Younis, Georgia Bourke plays Lauren and Chloe Cuthill plays Hannah.

Written by Timothy Prager.

9:00pm Sunday 1 April on BBC ONE

One of the BBC’s most popular and long-running dramas Silent Witness is back for its 15th series, promising to be as sexy, cerebral and suspense-filled as ever.

Forensic pathologists Dr. Harry Cunningham (Tom Ward), Dr. Nikki Alexander (Emilia Fox) and Professor Leo Dalton (William Gaminara) painstakingly examine the bodies of the deceased to search for vital clues that may reveal the cause of death.

A bold, challenging and exciting drama with viewing figures regularly above eight million, Silent Witness continues to explore contemporary issues through clever and thrilling crime mysteries. This time around they must tackle the sex grooming of underage girls, confront a female serial killer, uncover a family annihilation and investigate an exorcism.

The new series sees the addition of an exciting guest cast – including Shelley Conn and Vincent Regan in the opening episode, plus Sanjeev Bhaskar, James Cosmo, Gillian Kearney, Leo Gregory, Adrian Dunbar, and husband and wife Tamzin Outhwaite and Tom Ellis playing alongside each other in episode six.

Death Has No Dominion

Writer: Ed Whitmore

Part 1 of 2

Leo is in emotional turmoil when old friend Professor Lizzie Fraser commits suicide. It’s a double tragedy as Lizzie’s sister, a forensic scientist, was stabbed to death at a crime scene ten years ago.

After Nikki attends her father’s memorial she joins the team at the scene of a violent triple murder at a farmhouse. But soon Detective Superintendent Tom Byrne takes charge. DNA at the farm matches that of mysterious female serial killer, The Wraith. But Nikki starts to question the investigation after she meets the parents of a murdered policeman.

Part 2 of 2

Harry persuades Detective Inspector Connie James to disobey police orders and secretly test DNA evidence from the original investigation. Leo is still troubled by the suicide of old friend Professor Lizzie Fraser and Nikki learns more about the circumstances surrounding the death of Lizzie’s sister.

The strain of the murder investigation becomes too much for Detective Inspector Ginny Gray and the team turn to Janet to help profile the personality of female serial killer The Wraith – but is it enough to catch her?

William Gaminara plays Leo, Emilia Fox plays Nikki, Tom Ward plays Harry, Victoria Wicks plays Lizzie Fraser, Vincent Regan plays Tom Byrne, Shelley Conn plays Connie James, Kirsty Bushell plays Ginny Gray and Jaye Griffiths plays Janet.

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