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The programming in the US is poor to be polite. So, we, as viewers look
elsewhere. One of my favorite places is the BBC. Now on BBCAmerica there
is an excellant show called "Waking the Dead". It is intelligently
tense and the actors are wonderful. All of them. I had known, just a
little about Trevor Eve(Detective Superintendent Peter Boyd) before, but I
had never seen anything of Sue Johnston, Holly Aird, Clair Goose, or Will
Johnson's work. It's a shame, because I can see they are all wonderful
actors and actresses.
Trevor Eve plays the head of the Cold Case Squad that investigates
murders. I don't know if it's by plan or not, but Eve presents the
character of Boyd as an arrogant, egotistical, yet an intelligent man
boyish charm. Boyd is also haunted by the disappearance of his 16 year
son. There was a fight and the son disappeared. Boyd doesn't know if the
boy is dead or alive. This affects his job.
Sue Johnston is Dr. Grace Foley, the profiler of the team. I didn't know
anything about her. She presents Foley as a caring, intelligent woman.
is perceptive. She and Boyd have been friends for a long time and
understands his pathos. When on a tyraid, Foley is the only one who will
face Boyd down and make him back down.
Holly Aird is Dr. Frankie Wharton. She is the forensic specialist and is
anal about crime scenes. She even goes as far as requiring masks for the
entire team when entering a crime scene. She is intelligent and will also
face down Boyd if necessary.
Clair Goose is Detective Constable Mel Silver. She is a fresh, eager
detective who wants to be taken seriously. She is fasctidious in
evidence and tries to cover all bases. She also dislikes Boyd's
attitudes as he often thinks, because of her young age that she can't do
job. She usually gets around it by forcing her way through his
and doing what she knows is right anyway.
Wil Johnson plays Detective Sargeant Spencer Jordon. He is an intelligent
man who comes from the streets of London. All he's ever wanted to do is
a policeman. He is methodical and as he relaxes into his role, he is
letting his imagination help him think about the crimes they come
I recommend this program to all who would like to watch an intelligent, well made, tense and action/mystery/cop show. I wish some American actors would watch abit of British tv to seen how it's done. Don't get me wrong. We have some great actors here, but other than some primetime actors such as David Schwimmer, very few know what it's like or have the ability to get their teeth into something worthwhile.
I've been watching the series on BBC America. Turned it on part-way through an episode and haven't turned away yet. It is exceptionally well-written and well-acted and positively disturbing. Love it. I was especially impressed with the most recent episode, "Into Thin Air." Actually taped it and sent it to my sister the mystery buff, who doesn't have cable. She passed it on to our parents (who don't have cable, either). Mom wants to see more. If anyone from the BBC is reading this, PLEASE SEND MORE!
I'd give this series a 10 minus if I could. This series is so
compelling, I lack the words to express it. And that's saying something
We just finished viewing season six on BBC America, and I say with greatest admiration that I hope it comes back for as many seasons as the producers, actors and writers wish. You have a willing viewer, here.
I also wish BBC America would show the whole of each episode. Some of the jump cuts between scenes create periodic non sequitors. It appears as though parts of the narrative are shaved off to make room for advertisements.
Trevor Eve may be one of the best actors I've ever seen.
This is a wonderful drama series and I hope there will be much more in the future. Being a fan of CSI (Crime Scene Investigation) but also being a scientist and frustrated with the unrealistic portrayal of scientific procedures in CSI, I'm more impressed by Waking the Dead. Frankie strikes me as a thorough person and very professional, she knows how long it takes to analyse a sample of DNA, and its limitations. All the characters in the Cold Case Unit are totally convincing and fascinating people in themselves, especially Trevor Eve's character Boyd. This series continues to be very satisfying and has depths that are lacking in more superficial "murder mysteries". If only all the cold cases in this country could be sorted out by this lot - it would make life easier for many suffering victims of crime.
Trevor Eve is is simply excellent,as is all the cast. Together they try and solve cases which have gone "Cold". The direction and script are wonderful,well put together and acted with so much heart. Those who haven't seen it yet,i recommend you do soon.
Trevor Eveheads the cast in this gritty yet popular BBC1 series as Detective Superindent Boyd, an arrogant but effective leader of 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 the team aim to uncover lost information. Helped by forensic profiler Dr Grace Foley, (Sue Johnston) Detective Sergeant Mel Silver, (Claire Goose) Detective Inspector Spence Jordan, (Will Johnston) and assisted by their able forensics scientist Dr Frankie Wharton (Holly Aird) the cold case squad dig into the past, resurface, reconstruct, and discover the secrets that time had buried.
I wish someone would be able to find out if they did more than one
pilot and 2 seasons of this show. It is by far one of the best things
ever on TV . The acting is just superb with Trevor Eve (who I have
adored for years ) heading a brilliant cast of relatively unknown
actors. Ever part in executed with realistic sensitivity and the
stories are timely yet not gory considering there is a lot of forensic
As a die-hard fan of Adam Dalgliesh, I rank this show as my #2
favorite from the BBC , tied with Inspector Morse.
God! are these Brits fabulous or what?
Anyone who finds out what's happening with this series in the UK
feel free to email me...I 'd love to know as I have seen every
episode at least 3xs..
I'd like to put out, how much i am addicted to Waking the Dead. To be honest with you i'm probably obsessed, i have never missed an episode, have them all on DVD and i still watch them. Trevor Eve is a great actor, who is so good at playing Boyd. Sue Johnston is amazing, she is my idol and she too plays Grace well. Wil Johnson is a good actor, plays Spence as if he is the cool guy, I don't know what to say about Holly Aird and Claire Goose apart from that I wish them luck in the future and that their characters will never be forgotten. The Waking the Dead, team gets better at solving cases and the story lines get stronger and better all the time, the writers push it to the limits and this is why i love the show, many others will agree. That is why it has been so successful. I hope the next series is going to be as good despite the loss of two strong characters.
Well what can i say? "Waking the Dead" is a truly amazing TV Drama
that is not to be missed. The stories are great and i worship the
people who write them, the casting is the best and their acting skills
are breath taking and the directing is top class. The most recent
episode i would like to comment on is the most recent called Fugue
State why they were trying to solve who abducted the twins Jason and
Cindy. It was probably the most gripping of all of them and it
certainly had me on the edge of my seat and holding my breath
literally. I loved the end of the first hour shown on Sunday where Mel
Silver shot a deaf guy that she thought had a gun. I thought that
Monday night's was just as good and i loved how Cindy turned out to be
Sarah the Med Student. I was also very pleased that Mel isn't going to
be in trouble for shooting that guy as he pulled through intensive
care. And Good old Frankie sussed that the person who killed the Green
family was Dr. Roper, shame he had been murdered though.
I have nothing but compliments for the cast and crew. The cast are so highly talented. Trevor Eve is fantastic as D.S Peter Boyd the leader of the Cold Case Squad and takes everything in his stride and takes the role and the TV by storm. Sue Johnston is excellent as Grace Foley, she has always been a great actress since i saw her in The Royal Family and she just gets better and better. Wil Johnson is brilliant as Spencer Jordan, Spenc is a great character who will take on any challenge. Holly Aird is a young breath of fresh air to the BBC and is outstanding as Frankie. She is always straight there at the scene of the crime and is very professional in what she does and takes life with a pinch of salt. Frankie is a vital member of the team and does wonders for the Cold Case Squad. And finally i get to my person favourite, the beautiful Claire Goose as Amelia Silver. Now some one please tell me, where would we (and the Cold Case Squad) be without Mel? She's the young and direct member of the team. She is always straight on the case and is very quick in spotting the most tiny but vital bits of evidence. She doesn't like how Boyd treats her, in a way she sees it as though he is treating her like a child as she is the youngest but that doesn't stop her following her instinct and her heart and doing what is right even if he doesn't agree with it and he usually ends up regretting doubting her and her skills. Claire is a phenomenal actress and steals the show every time (for me at least). I love the drama, the characters and the cast. I would be lost with out "Waking the Dead" on my screen. And all that is left to say is that its a shame that these people aren't really Britain's Cold Case Squad as i feel this country would be a lot safer and better with them on the scene! Maybe thats something for them all to think about should they fancy a change of scenery?
Fantastic show, by far the best. It tops all the American Crime and Drama shows and proves that there is still hope for the BBC, definitely the best thing to hit our TVs in a hell of a long time!
Trevor Eve has come a long way from Shoestring to Boyd. The level of discussions mixed with the passion for the trade is not that unusual. However, the team of men and women of various ages and personalities is so much in the balance that even the worst crimes have more to offer than a mere solution. Cold case teams bring the hot pot to life again and many a criminal had better be stone cold him/herself before trusting that Frankie as the shopkeeper and the other as the forefront fighters won't find out. It is hard to choose between the episodes: one can only hope that more igneous criminals come to a fall. There is always another tree behind which they will not be able to hide.
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