Thirty years after Grace Foley helped send Tony Green to prison for the murder of young men, a copycat tries to force her to recant her stand on the case. 9: Sue Johnston on marvelous form as Grace, in a very personal storyline going back to her first murder case.
A serial rapist/killer currently serving a life sentence may hold the key to solving a copycat murder. A chilling performance from Samuel West and Susannah Parker on better form than usual makes for a very good episode.
After serving half her sentence for the murder of her husband and neighbor's son, new evidence suggests that Annie Keel could be innocent. 7: The story is gripping, full of twists and turns, the acting superb (Lynda Bellingham and Harriet Walter in particular), and it is quite harrowing, but beautifully written and filmed.
The plot is clever and interesting, and fairly original too, and I like the juxtaposition of the humor with more haunting scenes with chilling music. Sixteen years later, Jason is struck by a car and identified by his DNA after he is admitted to hospital.
When a London flat is being rehabbed a bloody Nazi dagger is discovered in the fireplace and the team joins with a Massed agent in a hunt to solve the case. The storyline features sensitive issues: Nazis, concentration camps, immigration in WW2, and child murder, but these are dealt with very well with a brilliant script by Declan Croghan, who surpasses himself here.
The solution is clever and believable, and ties up all the loose ends (something which LTD fails to do in later years!). Some humor here, too, the flashbacks are not violent, and Sean Per twee is marvelous as Carl MacKenzie, the convicted killer.
Edit Series cast summary: Trevor Eve ... Detective Superintendent Peter Boyd / ... 92 episodes, 2000-2011 Sue Johnston ... Dr. Grace Foley92 episodes, 2000-2011 Will Johnson ... DI Spencer Jordan / ... 92 episodes, 2000-2011 Tara Fitzgerald ... Dr. Eve Lockhart42 episodes, 2007-2011 Claire Goose ... DS Amelia 'Mel' Silver / ... 41 episodes, 2000-2007 Holly Air ... Dr. Frankie Wharton38 episodes, 2000-2005 Felicity Du EU ... DC Stella Goodman36 episodes, 2005-2009 View production, box office, & company info. Edit Detective Superintendent Peter Boyd (Trevor Eve) is the leader of a multi-discipline Police team of detectives and scientists, the Cold Case Squad, which investigates old, unsolved murder cases using modern methods and new technology that may not have been available during the original investigation.
Alternate Versions US broadcasts were cut down to approximately 50 minutes per episode to allow room for commercials. Waking the Dead is a British television police procedural crime drama series, produced by the BBC, that centers on a fictional London -based Cold Case unit composed of CID police officers, a psychological profiler and a forensic scientist.
The program follows the work of a special police team that investigates “cold cases”, which usually concern murders that took place a number of years ago, and were never solved. The team, composed of head officer Detective Superintendent Peter Boyd (Trevor Eve), psychological profiler Dr Grace Foley (Sue Johnston), Detective Inspector Spencer Jordan (Will Johnson), as well as a number of other supporting characters, uses evidence which has recently come to light, as well as contemporary technology to examine former evidence.
Initially, Boyd, Grace and Spence were accompanied by junior DC Mel Silver (Claire Goose), and stern forensic scientist Frankie Wharton (Holly Air), however both left after the end of the fourth series. Felix Gibson (Esther Hall) and Stella Goodman (Felicity du EU) replaced them in the fifth series, before Eve Lockhart (Tara Fitzgerald) replaced Felix from the sixth series onwards.
Although the plot lines generally center around the case, other storylines have been incorporated across the years, including Boyd's anger management issues and his being re-united with his son, Grace suffering from cancer, Spencer being shot at the hands of one of his former colleagues, and Mel's death, which creates a chain of events lasting across two series. The show also addressed sensitive issues such as fanaticism within different religions, international organized crime, child abuse within the Catholic Church, war crimes in Bosnia, forced child labor, torture, homophobia and racism.
Some issues were dealt with through the conflicting views of Peter Boyd (a white middle-class liberal) and Spencer Jordan (a black working-class conservative). Though sometimes appearing detached, Boyd is especially close to his team, and particularly, Mel Silver, whose death haunts him after he is unable to come to terms with it.
Boyd's son Luke (called Joe in series 1), a drug-dependent runaway who disappeared whilst living on the streets, and dies from an overdose in season 7. As a detective superintendent, Boyd is often stern with suspects, and is unafraid to give them a beating.
Detective Constable Amelia “Mel” Silver was a feisty, young achiever who worked hard to be promoted from her initial role as constable to sergeant, and who frequently questioned Boyd if she believed he was looking in the wrong direction on a case. It is revealed that Mel was adopted, as her birth mother was deemed mentally unfit, and that her real name is Mary Price.
Boyd's trust in Stella was betrayed at the end of series five, when it was revealed she had unwittingly sent information on the unit to her godfather, who had been manipulating her to cover up his own corruption. Stella died at the start of series eight, after being shot in the leg by a suspect she was chasing, and suffering thrombosis as a result of the injury.
Detective Sergeant Katrina Howard appears at the start of the eighth series as a police constable, formerly a member of the Serious Organized Crime Agency, with a history of insubordination. At the end of the ninth series, she is murdered by Assistant Chief Commissioner Tony Nicholson, due to her knowledge of his crimes, and by spying on his interactions at The Emirates Stadium with one of the antagonists.
Her presence in the unit provides a rational counter to Boyd's somewhat unorthodox methods, but the pair enjoy a close working relationship and often engage in witty banter. Grace also had a short bout with stomach cancer, which forced her to take time out from the unit to have an operation, from which she fully recovered.
Dr. Frankie Wharton, the unit's first forensic pathologist, took a conscientious approach to her job, but remained stern with her colleagues. Frankie was unafraid to speak her mind, and often offered strong insight into who or what was responsible for the crime.
However, traumatized by Mel's death, Frankie chose to leave the unit to return to research, a fact which was explained in the first episode of series five. The real reason for Frankie's departure stemmed from actress Holly Air's pregnancy.
Felix had already been with the team for some time at the start of series five, and her introduction following Frankie's departure was never explained on screen. Like her predecessor, she would often leave the office to join her colleagues in the field, but took a less stern role within the team, instead offering the knowledge in a more succinct and insightful way.
Dr. Eve Lockhart took over as the unit's forensic pathologist after Felix's departure, and her first case is shown at the start of series six, with hints that she has in fact already worked with the team for some time. Fitzgerald stayed with the show until its end and went on to revive the character in the spin-off series The Body Farm.
The first series secured strong ratings, with “Burn Out” receiving 8.4 million viewers and a 38% audience share. Persistently high ratings meant the program was recommissioned each year for either the summer or winter schedule.
The sixth series began with strong ratings, with “Wren Boys” achieving 9.2 m viewers and a 35.2% audience share. Following the successful transmission of the third series and an International Emmy Award nomination for “Special Relationship” written by Stephen Davis and directed by David Thicker, a further two series were commissioned with the number of stories expanded from four to six.
Waking the Dead won an International Emmy Award the following year for “Breaking Glass”, written by Stephen Davis and directed by Maurice Phillips, and “Multistory”, written by Ed Whitmore and directed by Bob Barman. Harbinger: Part 1 Sarah Cavendish, who had to leave the anti-terrorist squad for undisclosed reasons, joins Boyd's team as they reopen the case of banker Donald Sees, missing for three years.
They speak to his wife Julie, who has terminal cancer and her children Miranda and Toby, who report seeing an elderly couple in funeral black stalking them when Donald vanished. They learn that the Sees' other daughter died of cancer due to radiation at a local hospital.
Harbinger: Part 2 Grace believes that Julie, the Geiger's' babysitter when their son Andrew died, deliberately killed Andrew and exposed her daughter to radiation to gain sympathy for herself as she has a psychological condition which craves attention. This is confirmed when RNA, a nurse at the hospital when Andrew died, tells Boyd that she had her suspicions and told her boyfriend Glenn Burke.
The abductor also gouged out the eyes on the corpse of Robert Fen church, the care home supervisor who tried to stop Claire's kidnapping. Prior to her death Claire had also abducted a young girl, Abigail Harding, and locked her in a cupboard, but, when quizzed by Boyd, Abigail can only tell him that she saw the Batman, a child's fictional bogey figure known to her family.
Care: Part 2 Sarah finds a letter sent from Clare to her mother in 1989, three years after her abduction, stating that she was very happy. Solidarity: Part 1 In a sewer below Westminster workmen discover the skeleton of murdered Falklands hero turned peace campaigner Piers Kennedy, missing since 1983 after making anti-nuclear speeches.
He was known to Grace, herself on a Government watch list for her anti-war views, and she recalls his associates; Lucy Christie, the girlfriend he dumped for a fling with Bonnie Yoke, still the partner of fellow campaigner Ralph Palmer and the charming but volatile marine Murray. Other suspects number Lucy's father, now Lord Christie, whose dog's hairs were found on the corpse and former ...
However, Eve, released from custody, discovers that Piers had a terminal bone marrow disease and, knowing this, had actually joined the peace movement to discredit it with violence. Conviction: Part 1 Six years after the murdered corpse of an unknown young man was discovered in a reservoir Eve identifies him as medical student Karl Barclay.
Karl's father Gideon takes the news stoically but his wife Liberty is superstitious and disturbed and sees her son as having brought Beelzebub into the family when he converted to Islam. However, after Boyd is abducted and tied to a bomb, leading Sarah into a trap from which she saves them both, she believes Tristan is lying.
Waterloo, Part 1 A disgruntled Boyd is told he is to be promoted to a desk job and if he objects his unorthodox police methods will be exposed. Dennis Grant, a kindly vicar who provided a shelter for the boys, puts him in touch with Tony Nicholson, the only policeman to show any concern, now a high ranking officer, whose reports at the time mysteriously vanished.
Waterloo, Part 2 Grace and Boyd interview Stanley Heath's son Jason, who tells them that his father and two other policemen were murdered for beating to death a suspect in custody some years earlier. The team's concern for Sarah grows as Nicholson brings in two sinister detectives to spy on them.
Gradually Boyd works out that crooked property developer George Barlow took the orphaned Nicholson under his wing and ...