7.9
226 votes
Silent Witness

Silent Witness

BBC One 1996

Silent Witness is a British crime thriller series focusing on a team of forensic pathology experts and their investigations into various crimes.

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The 10 Worst Episodes of Silent Witness

Silent Witness - S4E4

#1 - A Kind of Justice (2)

6.99

Season 4 - Episode 4

A man caught disposing of the body of a notorious gangster is holed up in his office and wants Sam's help to make sure the police don't pin the murder on him. When he is later found dead, Sam tries to find out who is behind the killings.

The episode was rated #1 Worst episode of Silent Witness from 72 votes.

Silent Witness - S10E5

#2 - Body of Work (1)

7.02

Season 10 - Episode 5

Harry's ex-girlfriend, Penny Harris, is found dead after an unusual car accident. Nikki takes on the case – which initially looks like suicide – while DCI Ambrose learns that Penny may have been having an affair. Nikki's post mortem produces a devastating revelation for Harry. Leo works on the elaborately staged apparent suicide of conceptual artist Jimmy Triangle. An anonymous video puts art critic Seth Jewell in the frame. But Leo isn't convinced and he starts to realise that this death is an artwork in its own right.

The episode was rated #2 Worst episode of Silent Witness from 118 votes.

Silent Witness - S12E7

#3 - Judgement (1)

7.04

Season 12 - Episode 7

When the badly decomposed body of a Hasidic man is discovered on disused wasteland, Harry is tasked to investigate his death, and to treat the community with care. Everything points towards a brutal anti Semitic murder by a polish labourer - but when the time of death contradicts his wife's last sighting, Harry becomes suspicious. Meanwhile, Leo investigates the death of a female Australian backpacker at a house party. The partygoers are saying it is a straightforward drug death, but markings on her body suggest a sexually motivated crime. Leo finds himself being given short shrift by her friends as he tries to piece together the moments leading to her death.

The episode was rated #3 Worst episode of Silent Witness from 103 votes.

Silent Witness - S12E9

#4 - The Lost Child (1)

7.07

Season 12 - Episode 9

When the half-naked body of a 12-year-old is discovered floating in a drainage ditch near his school, the team is called in, bringing Nikki back in contact with one of her former teachers, Noel Hopkins, now headmaster. During Harry's preliminary examination they find clear signs of abuse, and when the police discover the victim was last seen with another boy, Liam, who has also gone missing, they fear he may have been abducted. Liam is still out there, the hope is that he is still alive, and the team, under increasing pressure from the police, must find clues from the dead boy's body in order to save the living.

The episode was rated #4 Worst episode of Silent Witness from 89 votes.

Silent Witness - S4E2

#5 - Gone Tomorrow (2)

7.08

Season 4 - Episode 2

A helicopter on its way to an oil rig goes down with 16 workers on board. Called in to supervise the post-mortems, Professor Sam Ryan begins to piece together how the crash happened.

The episode was rated #5 Worst episode of Silent Witness from 85 votes.

Silent Witness - S11E4

#6 - Suffer the Children (2)

7.11

Season 11 - Episode 4

The police investigation came under added pressure when a teenager was reported missing. When a raid on a witch doctor’s house turned up nothing, the community was up in arms at what they saw as harassment. In the end, Leo found that, unknown to Pastor Lambo, the boys were killed by the church caretakers, who sold their organs for use as Muti charms. He realised that it was Dr Falase, a surgeon and prominent community spokesperson, who brought them into the country for use in her clinic as kidney donors. She had then left the boys in the care of the caretakers, who knew they wouldn’t be missed.

The episode was rated #6 Worst episode of Silent Witness from 93 votes.

Silent Witness - S13E5

#7 - Run (1)

7.12

Season 13 - Episode 5

Leo is concerned that the police are involved with a cover-up to protect a rogue undercover cop linked to the death of a young woman.

The episode was rated #7 Worst episode of Silent Witness from 103 votes.

Silent Witness - S10E4

#8 - Terminus (2)

7.14

Season 10 - Episode 4

Harry is joined by Sergeant Susan Fenn to investigate a hit-and-run accident on a run-down council estate. Leo and arch-cynic DI De Rohan are drawn into the case of a woman killed in a terrible fire at her house. And Nikki examines the body of a woman who collapsed and died at her own hen night.

The episode was rated #8 Worst episode of Silent Witness from 118 votes.

Silent Witness - S9E5

#9 - The Meaning of Death (1)

7.15

Season 9 - Episode 5

A girl, Lucy Philips, has been kidnapped, but when her father tries to give the money to the kidnappers it is not collected. Later the girl's body is found in a storm drain pipe. It turns out she was killed before the ransom note was even delivered. Harry visits the scene where a young woman, Dawn, has died in three inches of water in a paddling pool, and her expensive necklace has disappeared. The team start to suspect the two women have been killed by the same person. Could there be a serial killer on the loose? Dawn's sister contacts the police. The expensive necklace has been found in her daughter's toy box. Harry realises that there has been no murder, the death was just a tragic accident. Meanwhile Nikki is determined to track down the murderer of Lucy Philips, even if she has to come face to face with the murderer himself.

The episode was rated #9 Worst episode of Silent Witness from 126 votes.

Silent Witness - S10E7

#10 - Supernova (1)

7.16

Season 10 - Episode 7

Memories of his own daughter's death are stirred up when Leo is called in to investigate the apparent suicide of a 14-year-old girl, Alison Garland. With the help of child psychologist Caroline, Leo realises that Alison was, in fact, murdered. But they are stumped when the killing is linked to Harry's case, in which a car salesman has been stabbed to death apparently with the same knife. As Leo gets deeper into the unfamiliar teenage world he starts to suspect the school rebel, Fish – but is there another connection? Nikki investigates the death of elderly woman Kay, who appears to have been assaulted by an intruder. While Kay's son, Robert, demands justice, Nikki finds that the truth is more surprising.

The episode was rated #10 Worst episode of Silent Witness from 110 votes.

Silent Witness - S12E8
#11 - Judgement (2)
7.17
Season 12 - Episode 8

The death of a second Hasidic boy, Chaim, convinces Harry they are looking for a Jewish killer, but without concrete evidence the police are reluctant to upset an already fragile relationship with the community. When a Hasidic boy, Binyomin, appears to take the law into his own hands, attacking a Polish builder, Toni, Harry makes a shocking discovery that threatens to strain relations even further.

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

Silent Witness - S14E6
#12 - First Casualty (2)
7.17
Season 14 - Episode 6

An X-ray of Lt Lockford's skull reveals a second bullet, confirming suspicions that he was murdered. Danny Ferris's father is not satisfied with the verdict on his son's death, and asks Nikki to perform a second post-mortem, and as the investigation continues to unravel, a tragic secret is revealed at Hillsdon Army Base.

The episode was rated #2 Worst episode of Silent Witness from 89 votes.

Silent Witness - S11E3
#13 - Suffer the Children (1)
7.17
Season 11 - Episode 3

When the mutilated body of a young black boy was pulled out of the River Lea, Leo found himself becoming obsessed with his mission to track down the boy’s identity. In order to do so he first had to piece together the story behind the boy’s death. Was this Muti, Kindoki or the cold blooded work of a paedophile? The police were no closer to finding out what happened when a second body was pulled from the river, so Leo decided to make his own enquiries. This lead him to a West African church nearby. There, Leo saw an exorcism of a young boy who was Kindoki – possessed. The Pastor, Funmi Lambo, insisted there was no violence in his church, and that far worse would happen to the boy if he were taken to Africa for exorcism. On leaving work that night, Leo found a chilling message left for him on his car, a warning to stay away.

The episode was rated #3 Worst episode of Silent Witness from 117 votes.

Silent Witness - S1E7
#14 - Sins of the Fathers (1)
7.17
Season 1 - Episode 7

Dr. Sam Ryan's advice is sought on when the arranged marriage of a Vietnamese student, Tran, to an older man goes tragically wrong when a charred body is found in the burnt out restaurant owned by Tran's father - The victim is the man which Tran was forced to marry. Sam investigates the murder.

The episode was rated #4 Worst episode of Silent Witness from 151 votes.

Silent Witness - S11E2
#15 - Apocalypse (2)
7.18
Season 11 - Episode 2

Harry was approached by the dead pilot’s father, Henry Markham, who was convinced that the helicopter was faulty, but that his son would take the blame. Political pressure sees the RAF washing their hands of the body. When Harry carried out the post mortem, he discovered that far from being the hero he thought he was defending, the pilot had been taking drugs to help tackle his insomnia following his experiences in Iraq. Harry had to tell the pilot’s father that as a result of his post mortem, his son would almost certainly be blamed for the crash. Later, a body was brought into the mortuary. The coroner suspected it was a case of pilot suicide. Harry opened the body bag: it was Henry Markham.

The episode was rated #5 Worst episode of Silent Witness from 102 votes.

Silent Witness - S4E1
#16 - Gone Tomorrow (1)
7.19
Season 4 - Episode 1

A helicopter on its way to an oil rig goes down with 16 workers on board. Called in to supervise the post-mortems, Professor Sam Ryan begins to piece together how the crash happened.

The episode was rated #6 Worst episode of Silent Witness from 108 votes.

Silent Witness - S12E11
#17 - Finding Rachel (1)
7.19
Season 12 - Episode 11

When Rachel Harrington's bones are found in Zambia, her expat father and local mining engineer, Stephen, asks the team to come out to investigate. His boss, Peter, is a childhood friend of Nikki's. Rachel had been accusing the government of a health cover-up, and an initial examination shows evidence of multiple stab wounds. But as the team investigates further, it seems the government weren't the only ones to have been rubbed up the wrong way by Rachel.

The episode was rated #7 Worst episode of Silent Witness from 88 votes.

Silent Witness - S13E9
#18 - Home (1)
7.20
Season 13 - Episode 9

An asylum seeker from Zimbabwe is unfairly deported to South Africa, and Leo strives to find a way to have her return to the UK, which may be more complex that it would first seem

The episode was rated #8 Worst episode of Silent Witness from 85 votes.

Silent Witness - S5E1
#19 - The World Cruise (1)
7.20
Season 5 - Episode 1

Two elderly brothers are found dead in their home, with no apparent injuries. When conducting the postmortem, Sam discovers puncture marks on their chests, as if something had been injected into their hearts, causing heart attacks. When the police have a suspect, Sam isn't convinced and believes that someone else is responsible.

The episode was rated #9 Worst episode of Silent Witness from 109 votes.

Silent Witness - S10E8
#20 - Supernova (2)
7.20
Season 10 - Episode 8

Memories of his own daughter's death are stirred up when Leo is called in to investigate the apparent suicide of a 14-year-old girl, Alison Garland. With the help of child psychologist Caroline, Leo realises that Alison was, in fact, murdered. But they are stumped when the killing is linked to Harry's case, in which a car salesman has been stabbed to death apparently with the same knife. As Leo gets deeper into the unfamiliar teenage world he starts to suspect the school rebel, Fish – but is there another connection? Nikki investigates the death of elderly woman Kay, who appears to have been assaulted by an intruder. While Kay's son, Robert, demands justice, Nikki finds that the truth is more surprising.

The episode was rated #10 Worst episode of Silent Witness from 99 votes.

Last updated: apr 14, 2021

Comments

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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]

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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

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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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