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Popular BBC Crime Thriller Returns

Date posted: 08.01.2013

First broadcast in 1996, BBC One’s popular crime thriller series Silent Witness returns for its 16th series on 10 January 2013. Back with an exciting new change in cast, the action remains firmly in London.

Created by Nigel McCrery, a former murder squad detective, Silent Witness follows forensic experts uncovering the truth behind suspicious deaths. In the upcoming series, forensic pathologists Dr. Nikki Alexander (Emilia Fox) and Professor Leo Dalton (William Gaminara) are joined by the straight-talking and quick-witted Forensic Scientist Jack Hodgson (David Caves).

One of the BBC’s most popular dramas, Silent Witness regularly draws audiences over 6 million in the UK and reaches viewers across the globe including Denmark, Sweden, Australia, the Far East and Latin America.

After moving from Cambridge to London in 1999, Silent Witness has thrived in the capital. The upcoming season features a wide range of London boroughs, making the most of what the capital has to offer. The production’s filming locations include diverse spaces in Brent, Camden, The City, Ealing, Hackney, Haringey, Hounslow, Islington, Kensington and Chelsea, Lambeth, Richmond, Southwark and Westminster.

London’s outer boroughs are well featured in the programme, recognised for their unique assets. Brent gets significant screen time, with scenes in The Greyhound Pub, Wembley, South Kilburn Housing Estate and Brent Town Hall. Ealing is also well-represented, from Valis Way to North Acton Playing Fields.

Silent Witness is sixteen. It’s an astonishing run for any programme but particularly impressive for a show, which is not a soap,” says writer Timothy Prager, “in fact it is not really a series in the traditional sense, it is a collection of films with recurring characters.”

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