Silent Witness

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Forensic pathologist Sam Ryan and her team tackle child murder, ritual killing, a murder in the police cells and an arranged marriage which leads Sam to confront her own demons.
Starring
Amanda Burton
Genres
SuspenseDrama
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio languages
English
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  1. 1. Buried Lies
    February 21, 1996
    1 h 30 min
    TV-14
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Forensic Pathologist Dr. Samantha Ryan moves back to Cambridge from London to take up a consultant's post at the Park Teaching Hospital. Sam's first case is the tragic death of a six-year-old girl, Sarah Crew, who is thought to have fallen from a rope swing over a river and drowned. But when Sam finds evidence of previous physical abuse, Inspector Tom Adams begins a murder investigation.
  2. 2. Long Days, Short Nights
    February 28, 1996
    1 h 29 min
    TV-14
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Dr. Sam Ryan is called to the scene of the murder of Mark James, a young man whose badly decomposed body cannot hide the signs of a ritual element to the killing: there is an upside-down cross scored on his back and a ligature around his neck. Then when a second murder follows, Sam follows the trail of clues into the world of the occult.
  3. 3. Darkness Visible
    March 13, 1996
    1 h 31 min
    TV-14
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    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    When a death occurs in police custody, the footprints of the man who was sharing his cell are found all over the body. It looks like an open and shut case for Dr. Sam Ryan. But just as the investigation appears to be over, Sam receives a note written on police notepaper that re-opens the case. It seems that the real culprit may have been a police officer, but which one?
  4. 4. Sins of the Fathers
    March 27, 1996
    1 h 31 min
    TV-14
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    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Sam is called to the scene of a restaurant fire where DI Adams needs her help to identify a badly burnt body. It emerges that the prime suspect is one of Sam's students, who had come to her for advice recently, and Sam needs to decide whether to tell the police. Then when further tragedy strikes, both Sam and DI Adams must face up to their own demons and secrets.
  5. 101. Buried Lies Part 1
    February 20, 1996
    49min
    TV-MA
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    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Dr. Samantha Ryan moves back to Cambridge to take up a consultant's post. Sam's first case is the tragic death of a six-year-old girl who is thought to have drowned.
  6. 102. Buried Lies Part 2
    February 21, 1996
    44min
    TV-MA
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    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Sam visits Marion in prison and is surprised to learn about her previous relationship. Marion does not deny giving her child tranquilizers in order to save Kim from Gary's furious rage.
  7. 103. Long Days, Short Nights Part 1
    February 27, 1996
    48min
    TV-MA
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    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Dr. Sam Ryan is called to the scene of a young man whose badly decomposed body cannot hide the signs of a ritual element to the killing.
  8. 104. Long Days, Short Nights Part 2
    March 5, 1996
    49min
    TV-14
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Fran leaves to come back to find Daniel has become murder victim number two. This time Sam is able to give evidence.
  9. 105. Darkness Visible Part 1
    March 12, 1996
    48min
    TV-14
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Dr. Sam Ryan is called to tend to the scene of a death. Michael Pearce was picked up for obstruction and assault during an argument outside a gay nightclub.
  10. 106. Darkness Visible Part 2
    March 19, 1996
    50min
    TV-MA
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    English [CC]
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    English
    Sam cannot state for certain whether PC Johns committed suicide or whether he fell. Farmer's station is in turmoil after the loss of a colleague.
  11. 107. Sins of the Fathers Part 1
    March 26, 1996
    49min
    TV-MA
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    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    DI Adams needs help to identify a burnt body and to establish whether it is murder or a tragedy. The victim would be the father of one of Sam’s students.
  12. 108. Sins of the Fathers Part 2
    April 2, 1996
    51min
    TV-14
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Tran disappears and Sam finds the case reminds her of her father's death. When Tran is finally located, Adams is convinced she knows more.

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Producers
Tony Dennis
Season year
1996
Network
BritBox
Content advisory
Alcohol usefoul languagesexual contentnuditysmokingsubstance useviolence
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Norm MichaelsReviewed in the United States on November 17, 2018
1.0 out of 5 stars
Graphic Sex
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Graphic sex scene in first four minutes
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DinkydorightReviewed in the United States on June 6, 2018
2.0 out of 5 stars
Not for me
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Yikes! I was sure I’d like this after watching more recent Silent Witness series. Instead I found this way too dark and dreary. I don’t recommend this though it isn’t terrible. I just couldn’t stay with it. I watched the first episode and part of the second then put it away.
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Theda BaraReviewed in the United States on December 5, 2014
4.0 out of 5 stars
In the smelly quiet halls of the local morgue
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I've watched this British series several times over the years and I never tire of Amanda Burton as the demanding, know-it-all, on-her-way-to-be chief medical examiner. You'll never tire of watching her put her outdated male colleagues in their place. These guys could be living quite happily in the 19th century. They seem definitely not to have noticed that women are invading the quiet, smelly halls of the morgue. The plots are pretty sophisticated for 1996. And the forensics are adequate, but it is 1996, so don't expect too much CSI-level pyrotechnics.

One thing this series does very, very well, and it has nothing to do with whether or not it is dated -- unlike some newer police/pathologist procedurals, Amanda Burton's extended family and her difficulties with them, and theirs with her, form a seamless part of each plot. Her young nephew is always sticking his nose in where he isn't required. Burton's long-suffering sister really has had a less exciting and profitable career because she, of necessity, had to care for their aging mother. Burton is seen as the family member who has made it big, but who has also walked over and across others, including family, in order to achieve material and career success. These issues seem a little dated in this context, but it's extremely well done. Also check out Amanda Burton in another series called Commander. Silent Witness, of the two, is my favorite, however.
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mitziReviewed in the United States on July 7, 2018
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Way too violent and not that entertaining
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PhilReviewed in the United States on November 3, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
Absolutely loved Amanda Burton's character
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Just found out about this show. It's been around since the mid 90's and they are up to Season 18 in the U.K. Okay I thought, something that has been around for 2 decades deserves a chance. So I purchased the DVD and boy was it worth it. Absolutely loved Amanda Burton's character. The stories were great too as they held up and did not seem dated. Thoroughly enjoyable. Bought Season 2 and am working my way through that as well. What is also interesting about this show is seeing Actors who came to prominence later starring here when they were 1st starting out like Idris Elba who starred in the Season 2 Episode "Blood, Sweat & Tears".
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Roger L. ReynoldsReviewed in the United States on December 23, 2017
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One Star
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Too old and did not have captions. Should have bought newer years.
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nelson allenReviewed in the United States on October 17, 2016
3.0 out of 5 stars
silent witness season 1
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Beginning of a new series in the life of a police pathologist. Interesting but a way to go. Much later in this series, with an additional staff member, and more exciting and intriguing plotlines this series becomes wonderful. The series is long, but it's not worth my while, or cost, to continue with series to discover where it becomes worthwhile viewing.
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HandymamReviewed in the United States on January 11, 2019
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Incorrectly charged
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I never watched this episode as I didn't know I would be charged for it. I have access to this series through my Hulu subscription and didn't intend to purchase an episode from so many years ago.
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