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Silent Witness

Silent Witness

BBC One 1996

Silent Witness originally followed the work of forensic pathologist Dr. Sam Ryan, played by Amanda Burton. In 2004, Burton left the series and Nikki Alexander, played by Emilia Fox, joined Dr. Leo Dalton (William Gaminara) and Dr. Harry Cunningham (Tom Ward) on the forensic pathology team. The series was created by an ex-police officer, Nigel McCrery.

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The 10 Best Episodes of Silent Witness

Silent Witness - S23E10

#1 - The Greater Good (2)


Season 23 - Episode 10

Jack is rushed to hospital after collapsing at the scene of a car crash. Thomas discovers that soldier John Sealy may have been exposed to a nerve agent.

The episode was rated #1 Best episode of Silent Witness from 96 votes.

Silent Witness - S22E10

#2 - Betrayal (2)


Season 22 - Episode 10

When Thomas sides against her findings on a controversial case, Nikki suspects foul play and takes steps to prove her theory. Jack and Clarissa follow a forensic trail connecting a dead researcher with a billionaire scientist and a secret testing programme.

The episode was rated #2 Best episode of Silent Witness from 116 votes.

Silent Witness - S21E10

#3 - Family (2)


Season 21 - Episode 10

As the truth behind the McMorris family is revealed, the team is brought together by the conclusion of a shocking Christmas family tragedy. Reuniting with their respective families, Nikki finds her secret Santa gift is a visit from a loved one.

The episode was rated #3 Best episode of Silent Witness from 153 votes.

Silent Witness - S20E10

#4 - Awakening (2)


Season 20 - Episode 10

A frantic Jack carries out forensic examinations on the spot where Nikki disappeared. With Thomas at the airport ready to come out and help, but still 24 hours away and no leads left to follow, Jack receives a text message containing a mysterious phone number. However when Jack calls through, expecting to hear from Nikki's captors, he is shocked at who answers the phone. Last in the series

The episode was rated #4 Best episode of Silent Witness from 223 votes.

Silent Witness - S16E10

#5 - Greater Love (2)


Season 16 - Episode 10

Nikki, Jack and Leo struggle to identify the human remains with only sections of skeleton found and basic forensic facilities, but believe Dan Lambert must have been captured by the Taliban, executed and buried. Whilst Leo grows closer to charity worker Fawzia, Nikki and Jack find and assemble the skull fragments and make an unnerving discovery that challenges their theory of what happened to Dan Lambert. However, when an imprisoned Taliban fighter is found dead in the compound, the team suspect he was murdered, and suspicions grow about Sean Nugent and his men's treatment of prisoners. No longer able to trust anyone, the increasingly isolated team doggedly piece together the circumstances surrounding Dan Lambert's disappearance, but the shocking truth triggers a chain of events which leaves everyone's lives in danger.

The episode was rated #5 Best episode of Silent Witness from 98 votes.

Silent Witness - S22E4

#6 - Lift Up Your Hearts (2)


Season 22 - Episode 4

When a gang of dealers recruit young men to push spice and fentanyl near a London school, head teacher Noah Taylor has no choice but to confront them. DI Kate Ashton leads the police investigation, and as well as tracking down those responsible for the recent deaths, Ashton also seems keen to pursue the possibility of a relationship with Jack. When the pair search a suspect's flat, Jack gets caught up in a rising tide of violence, which culminates in several deaths. Nikki, Thomas, Jack and Clarissa must work to find those responsible before it's too late.

The episode was rated #6 Best episode of Silent Witness from 119 votes.

Silent Witness - S23E9

#7 - The Greater Good (1)


Season 23 - Episode 9

Thomas investigates the case of John Sealy, a soldier who died during a military training exercise involving exposure to CS gas. It appears John died from an aneurysm, but when Thomas discovers the trace of a possible nerve agent in his system, the family are desperate for answers.

The episode was rated #7 Best episode of Silent Witness from 97 votes.

Silent Witness - S23E5

#8 - Seven Times (1)


Season 23 - Episode 5

The body of a woman is found on railway tracks in London, badly damaged from electrical burns. On the mortuary slab, the woman’s recent and historic injuries suggest years of abuse, likely within the home. It’s a difficult post-mortem for Nikki, as she is troubled by memories from her childhood.

The episode was rated #8 Best episode of Silent Witness from 102 votes.

Silent Witness - S23E4

#9 - Close to Home (2)


Season 23 - Episode 4

Investigating the murder of a teenage boy, Nikki and her team are forced to question police methods. Although Thomas discovers evidence that throws the time of death into doubt, DCI Claire Ashby seems more concerned with building the case against her main suspect. With pressure building on the police to secure a conviction, the Lyell team must fight to ensure that inconvenient truths aren't overlooked. Meanwhile, Clarissa notes a troubling parallel with a case from the start of her career. Is the real murderer still out there?

The episode was rated #9 Best episode of Silent Witness from 93 votes.

Silent Witness - S17E10

#10 - Fraternity (2)


Season 17 - Episode 10

Jack's world has been blown apart following the discovery of Hannah's dead body. Nikki manages to find out the truth behind Jack and Ryan's strained relationship. Thomas thinks about hiring forensic scientist Helen as Jack's permanent replacement. Christy Nash is scared for the future of his marriage and business after DI Carter finds out abouts of his relationship with 15-year-old Katie.

The episode was rated #10 Best episode of Silent Witness from 126 votes.

Silent Witness - S18E2
#11 - Sniper's Nest (2)
Season 18 - Episode 2

DCI De Freitas’s expertise in victim and killer profiling is used to help narrow down the suspects as she contains her undercurrent of animosity with Drake.

The episode was rated #1 Best episode of Silent Witness from 151 votes.

Silent Witness - S22E8
#12 - Deathmaker (2)
Season 22 - Episode 8

While the team searches for the killer, Jack works alongside an old friend who has dedicated her life to exposing the suspected organisation. They realise they have uncovered a complex conflict sustained by ties of loyalty, family and retribution.

The episode was rated #2 Best episode of Silent Witness from 128 votes.

#13 - Seven Times (2)
Season 23 - Episode 6

Nikki determines that Jenny must have died before making contact with the tracks. But when the search for Jenny’s killer hits a wall, her friends at the women’s refuge seek answers. Meanwhile, Thomas’s political ambitions lead him to make friends in high places. Offers are made to open all the right doors for Thomas, but what do they want in return?

The episode was rated #3 Best episode of Silent Witness from 95 votes.

Silent Witness - S20E8
#14 - Covenant (2)
Season 20 - Episode 8

Examining the contents of Liam's phone, Clarissa has found a longer version of the video and sees a flash of Paul's face as he peers from the stairs. Retrieving Paul's laptop, Clarissa takes it to Max's lab and finds reams of communication between Paul and another person, under pseudonyms, which starts to unravel the mystery of the Billingsgate killings. Meanwhile, Clarissa is amused to see Thomas' nose put out of joint and Jack soon feels paranoid that Max is poaching Clarissa for his own lab. Will Clarissa remain with the Lyell team?

The episode was rated #4 Best episode of Silent Witness from 200 votes.

Silent Witness - S22E5
#15 - To Brighton, to Brighton (1)
Season 22 - Episode 5

During a heatwave in Brighton, the Lyell team is summoned to a waste dump where a body part has been found. The search is on to recover the other dismembered remains and piece together the victim's body, which is covered in intricate Japanese tattoos. Nikki has some news that she desperately wants to share with Matt, but must wait until he visits from America.

The episode was rated #5 Best episode of Silent Witness from 132 votes.

Silent Witness - S16E8
#16 - Legacy (2)
Season 16 - Episode 8

Whilst Nikki and Jack close the net on Brian Blackburn's troubled son for murdering his co-worker at the eco-housing project, Leo finally finds someone willing to confirm his fear about the mysterious local health hazard. But when his would-be-informant is found murdered, Leo is convinced he was the victim of a government conspiracy to conceal the truth. And during his dogged efforts to expose the cause of the health hazard, Leo begins to suspect that Nikki's new man, science minister James Embleton, and his belligerent father, may be linked to a ruthless plot to silence him, which leaves Leo battling alone to seek justice and save future lives.

The episode was rated #6 Best episode of Silent Witness from 100 votes.

Silent Witness - S22E9
#17 - Betrayal (1)
Season 22 - Episode 9

Nikki is humiliated in court when a barrister accuses her of making a serious error in the case of a policeman who may or may not have been murdered. The team investigates the death of a medical researcher found in a canal with mysterious puncture marks on his body.

The episode was rated #7 Best episode of Silent Witness from 126 votes.

#18 - Hope (2)
Season 23 - Episode 8

The team's investigation leads them to a mysterious cryogenics facility and the discovery of another suspicious death.

The episode was rated #8 Best episode of Silent Witness from 99 votes.

Silent Witness - S17E4
#19 - Coup de Grace (2)
Season 17 - Episode 4

Thomas is under increased pressure from DI Rachel Klein and the Home Office as he battles to save the Lyell Centre's reputation. Peter Masham makes an unlikely deal with Bennetto's brother-in-law. Jack and Clarissa finally uncover the true identity of murder victim Byron Lee.

The episode was rated #9 Best episode of Silent Witness from 124 votes.

#20 - Close to Home (1)
Season 23 - Episode 3

When a body is found in a field near the village of Hartford, Nikki and the Lyell team confirm it is that of missing teenager Jason Forbes. Working to the theory that most killers strike close to home, the ambitious DCI Claire Ashby is committed to proving the guilt of her main suspect, local locksmith Malcolm Wilde.

The episode was rated #10 Best episode of Silent Witness from 89 votes.

Last updated: feb 17, 2021



I know this is a blast from the past but I'm just now discovering SILENT WITNESS, a police procedural from the perspective of the pathologist's office. I'm still in the Amanda Burton years (a stellar talent renowned for stage and screen). I love the bi-weekly investigations/who-done-its but I am equally fascinated by the fledgling performances by actors who are now headliners. I'll be at it for quite some time as the series is currently in its 22nd year and I'm just enjoying season 2 but I'm grateful to be able to see it in sequence and the personal drama's are as poignant as the mysteries. Britain certainly knows how to do crime shows. I give this a 7.9 (just short of great) out of 10. [Crime Drama]


I would like to ask a question, I have signed up for other sites looking for a Pacific title and they say that I can watch it if I sign up and give them my credit card information, then whenever I do sign on to it, they take my money and I'm unable to get to watch the show because its unavailable, so what kind of guarantee do I have that if I sign up on this site on for $30, if I'm able to watch what I want


So this is like the precursor to Bones somewhat. The episodes are each two parts. The stories are well done but they do tend to get slow. I think if they cut out the slow parts it would make out a bit better but over all I think it's a pretty good series so far. Just finished season 3..

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