Waking the Dead (2000– )

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Detective Superintendent Peter Boyd is the leader of a police team which investigates unsolved murders using modern technology.


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Series cast summary:
 Detective Superintendent Peter Boyd / ... (92 episodes, 2000-2011)
 Dr. Grace Foley (92 episodes, 2000-2011)
 DI Spencer Jordan / ... (92 episodes, 2000-2011)
 Dr. Eve Lockhart (42 episodes, 2007-2011)
Claire Goose ...
 DS Amelia 'Mel' Silver / ... (41 episodes, 2000-2007)
 Dr. Frankie Wharton (39 episodes, 2000-2005)
Félicité Du Jeu ...
 DC Stella Goodman (36 episodes, 2005-2009)


Det. Supt. Peter Boyd (played by Trevor Eve) is the leader of a multi-discipline police team of detectives and scientists, the Cold Case Squad, which investigates old, unsolved murder cases using modern methods and new technology that may not have been available during the original investigation. Written by Mark Smith <msmith@osi.co.uk>

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A second chance to catch the killer!


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4 September 2000 (UK)  »

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(18 episodes) | (2 1-hour episodes per story)

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1.78 : 1
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All the episodes were two hours long, shown as two one-hour parts on consecutive days of each week. See more »


In S1 Mel in the episode of a Simple Sacrifice says she is born in 1975, in S4 in the episode of Figue States when she talks about being adopted she is born in 1979 en at the end of S6 in the episode of Yahrzeit you can see on her gravestone that she is born in 1976. See more »


[looking at key-fob of victim's car keys]
DS Spencer Jordan: What car has a turtle for its emblem?
Dr Grace Foley: A slow one!
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Character development not quite right
12 December 2009 | by (India) – See all my reviews

I came across some DVDs of earlier seasons. After watching a few episodes It got me thinking about the writers/directors of the series and the way they developed their characters. What were they thinking? What I fail to understand is how did an insensitive, perpetually angry Boyd ever get promoted to be a detective superintendent. At no instance has it been shown that he possesses any special deductive skills nor any radical ideas which led to solving a case. In an organization like law enforcement agency working as a team is very critical. Not jumping to conclusions and especially loosing your cool at the slightest provocation I would consider as prerequisites. Boyd fails on both these accounts.

I am not much familiar with the actual British practice of law enforcement. May be Boyd IS a typical police officer one would encounter in real life. Thank god I don't live in that country.

Although the whole concept and selection of story line has been good for the serial the character of Boyd is contra indicated.

The people who may be concerned with the character development would do well to not mix up - assign - Hindu names to Parsi characters -specifically Sharma and Chaudhary in one episode. They better get hire 1st generation immigrant from India - one who is still maintaining contacts with the old country - as a consultant. The British may not realize this but the ex-pats will.

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