Mel agrees to act as decoy in the guise of a WPC in order to entrap the kidnapper/killer, who seems to enjoy taunting Boyd.




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Episode complete credited cast:
Mrs. Whitemore
Finbar Lynch ...
Jimmy Marshall
Sam Loggin ...
Kelly Caldwell
Mr. Harvey
Jodie Whitemore


Jimmy Marshall, the traumatized murderer in the cold case that Boyd's team is investigating, taunts Boyd with information about his current hostage, Jodie Whitemore, and seemingly enjoys playing cat-and-mouse with him. Mel agrees to go undercover as a WPC in order to entrap the elusive psychopath. Written by

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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5 September 2000 (UK)  »

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Written by Gabrielle and Jonathan Shorten
Performed by Gabrielle
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This demonstrates why pilots need a chance.
20 June 2017 | by (Swansea, United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Jimmy still holding Jodie begins to taunt Boyd, sending tapes of a traumatised Jodie. After speaking with Jimmy's girlfriend Kelly Body realises that Jimmy is the perpetrator. Mel offers to take the ransom for Jodie's release, but Jimmy instead takes Mel.

I was a little harsh on the opening episode, but I would say I enjoyed the concluding part a lot more. Still lots of anger, with everyone screaming and shouting at one another, but you very much see a coming together among the team. Well acted, I especially liked the performance this time round from Finbar Lynch, he managed to be both menacing and somehow sympathetic.

The anger would be toned down for the first full upcoming series, but what later return in a more measured way.

If ever there was a pilot episode that showed a caterpillar can turn into a butterfly this is it. So many shows are axed nowadays without second chance, and when you compare this pilot episode to the show at its peak,the contrast is astonishing. Waking the dead became one of the best crime dramas on British TV.

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