Waking the Dead: Season 6, Episode 3

Deus Ex Machina: Part 1 (14 Jan. 2007)

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When a Sudanese leader sews his mouth shut and goes on a hunger strike until the long-missing skull of the Mahdi is returned, the Foreign Office pressures the team to find it.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Félicité Du Jeu ...
James Andrews
Lisa Jackson ...
Elaine Wilson
Catherine Braithwaite
Sir Cyril Barrett
Leila Jaffiri
Michael Leonard
Thomas McKee
Simon Delaney ...
Jaspers Burroughs
Kananu Kirimi ...
Salma Ahmed
Omar Jaffiri


The team is assigned to recover the skull of the Mahdi, taken from the Sudan as a war trophy at the end of the 19th century. No one has any idea where the skull may be, but Chief Superintendent Boyd is told that returning the relic is key to peace in the Sudan. He's also asked to look into the death 20 years previously of a Sudanese refugee, Omar Jaffiri, as there is evidence that his death and the disappearance of the skull may be connected. Their investigation leads them to the Fakir Society, a hundred year old private club that has many secrets. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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Dr. Eve Lockhart: [Referring to the skull] It's poly resin.
Detective Superintendent Peter Boyd: Yeah, but could it have been taken from a mold of the Mahdi's skull?
Dr. Eve Lockhart: Granny Mahdi maybe. It's taken from an elderly woman.
[Facetiously walking away]
Dr. Eve Lockhart: Alas, poor Granny.
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References Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) See more »

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