Silent Witness

54 reviews
Watch in a web browser or on supported devices Learn More

Season 1 episodes (4)

1 Buried Lies
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 Long Days, Short Nights
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 Darkness Visible
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 Sins of the Fathers
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.

About this show

Every dead body tells a story: who they were, how they lived, and most importantly, how they died. Silent Witness follows a team of expert pathologists at the Lyell Centre as they attempt to uncover the truth behind a series of suspicious murders in this gripping drama.

Ratings and reviews

54 reviews
A Google user
April 15, 2017
The first 3 episodes of this series is fine--not great or even good--but passably entertaining, but the final episode "Sins of the Father" is so hair-raisingly racist you will be transported back to the 1920s when Asian characters were presented as sub-human despots. The main character, a young Vietnamese woman who has struggled her way through medical school, is afraid to contradict her father's "arranged marriage" to an older wealthy Vietnamese man, and so she marries him. When she tells him she was raped as a young girl on a refugee boat, her betrothed goes into a madman's froth and begins beating her and her father to death... ergo, the plot. I didn't watch beyond this because I've seen enough racism of this genre to last a lifetime.
13 people found this review helpful
Did you find this helpful?
Charito Holbrook
June 23, 2022
It is well made and so realistic. Sometimes I feel like not watching certain episodes because of the title of the episode. You do such a great job that I get transported into the stories. Makes you open your eyes to the pain and suffering of the world. From cartels to human trafficking to illegals etc. I do want Nicky to have a true constant love in the series.
Did you find this helpful?
Antonina Cawley
March 24, 2021
S4 e1, e2 if you have love ones happen to them you shouldnt watch it, catches the goings on in a plane crash. Found it, real enough for me to feel sad and imagine if i had happen to my love one. Being on the news in the past you can relate same feelings.
Did you find this helpful?

Rate this show

Tell us what you think.