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Set against the stunning Scottish landscape in and around Dundee, three compelling female characters β€” Emma Hedges, Prof. Sarah Gordon and Prof. Kathy Torrance β€” join forces to uncover the truth about an unsolved murder case that's very close to home.

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The 10 Best Episodes of Traces

Traces - S1E6

#1 - Episode 6 (Season 1 - Episode 6)

While Kathy oversees the excavation of Marie's grave, Daniel gives McKinven the lead he needs to make an arrest. But it's the exacting forensic science that finally brings peace for Emma.

The episode was rated 7.76 from 249 votes.

Traces - S1E5

#2 - Episode 5 (Season 1 - Episode 5)

Emma's accusation against Phil drives a wedge between her and Daniel. McKinven urges Emma to stop sleuthing, as he becomes certain that the person who killed her mother is known to her.

The episode was rated 7.60 from 250 votes.

Traces - S1E4

#3 - Episode 4 (Season 1 - Episode 4)

Daniel's facing a culpable homicide charge for the Secrets fire and wants to protect Phil's reputation. But when Emma meets Phil for the first time, her instinct tells her to be wary of him.

The episode was rated 7.51 from 255 votes.

Traces - S1E3

#4 - Episode 3 (Season 1 - Episode 3)

McKinven's initial enquiries ruffle feathers and a furious Julie chides Emma for dragging up the past. When Skye threatens Emma with a knife, it's clear that someone's hiding something.

The episode was rated 7.50 from 265 votes.

Traces - S1E2

#5 - Episode 2 (Season 1 - Episode 2)

Glad of McKinven's help, Emma soon feels overwhelmed by the police interest and wonders what she's started. But when the stars align to put Daniel in her path, Emma feels a deep connection.

The episode was rated 7.36 from 272 votes.

Traces - S2E6

#6 - Episode 6 (Season 2 - Episode 6)

Sarah works with McKinven to prevent another explosion before making decisions about their future. Kathy realises change is essential, personally and professionally.

The episode was rated 7.33 from 81 votes.

Traces - S1E1

#7 - Episode 1 (Season 1 - Episode 1)

Emma Hedges' return to Dundee brings her mother's unsolved murder into sharp focus, but a fatal fire in a nightclub proves an ominous omen.

The episode was rated 7.31 from 320 votes.

Traces - S2E4

#8 - Episode 4 (Season 2 - Episode 4)

Two suspects derail the investigation as McKinven and Sarah are consumed by their feelings. Kathy's inability to communicate becomes a serious problem.

The episode was rated 7.31 from 81 votes.

Traces - S2E2

#9 - Episode 2 (Season 2 - Episode 2)

A second explosion puts pressure on McKinven and Sarah to find and stop the bomber. As Phil's murder trial continues, both Daniel and Emma are feeling the strain.

The episode was rated 7.26 from 95 votes.

Traces - S2E3

#10 - Episode 3 (Season 2 - Episode 3)

The task facing McKinven is more daunting than ever, especially now that his wife Azra is joining the investigation. Meanwhile, Kathy's PhD student sees more than she should...

The episode was rated 7.20 from 85 votes.

Traces - S2E1
#11 - Episode 1
Season 2 - Episode 1

Emma is now training as a forensic chemist - and on the cusp of seeing her mother's murder case finally solved, while Daniel has returned to Dundee to give evidence against Phil.

The episode was rated from 102 votes.
Traces - S2E5
#12 - Episode 5
Season 2 - Episode 5

Another deadly explosion occurs. Sarah and McKinven's growing attachment has consequences, as Kathy suspects Jean the Dean of having a secret to hide.

The episode was rated from 86 votes.

Last updated: nov 16, 2022



Set in Dundee, yet not a single discernable attempt at a local accent... and 95% of shooting obviously done in Bolton. S2 is almost a completely different show, featuring terrorism and bombs. The trial stuff felt tacked on and should have been in s1 since the 3 actors involved basically left after ep2 of s2. Odd.


Agreed that the lack of a local dialect was glaringly obvious but it was the scriptwriting that disappointed me most. Without resorting to spoilers I can honestly say that given a fairly good premise for a whodunnit the writers failed miserably in many ways to provide a story that was believable and intelligent. Far too many implausible incidencies throughout the script which were almost comical at times. Ecpected better from a program which included some very good actors but unfortunately they can only deliver the lines that are written for them.


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