Waking the Dead: Season 8, Episode 1

Magdalene 26: Part 1 (6 Sep. 2009)

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Boyd's team investigate after P.C. Katrina Howard discovers a middle-aged woman nude and wandering in woods after an apparent car crash and takes her to hospital. The woman is apparently ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Félicité Du Jeu ...
Lisa Hogg ...
Teenage Elizabeth
Elizabeth Barrett ...
Young Elizabeth
Denise Gough ...
Adam Best ...
Cian Barry ...
Lynda Rooke ...


Boyd's team investigate after P.C. Katrina Howard discovers a middle-aged woman nude and wandering in woods after an apparent car crash and takes her to hospital. The woman is apparently amnesiac though she has flashes back to her teenage when she escaped from a brutal Magdalene Convent in Ireland helped by Mick O'Hare and Father Quinn. She is Elizabeth Andrews, a successful business woman but her DNA is oddly linked to a double murder in a Soho club forty years earlier, when one of the victims was a Turkish sex trafficker and the other man a John Doe. Elizabeth's abductors are Turks and a visit to her house reveals a man believed to be her husband Tony Muller tortured and murdered. Elizabeth has two visitors, one is Samuel Knight, a shifty young business associate, the other is a gunman,seemingly out to finish the job, and Stella, who is guarding Elizabeth, takes a bullet. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Katrina Howard is a uniformed police constable in this episode - she says she was demoted from sergeant for insubordination - yet the credits say DS (Detective Sergeant). See more »


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Funniest Grace Foley line of dialogue.
25 October 2011 | by (Perth, Australia) – See all my reviews

This one has it all.

Vicious nuns, convents, twins separated at birth, a handsome young Irish bloke and:


To cut a long story short (as Spandau Ballet were keen to say.....), a corpse was found in mid 1960s Soho with blood on his lips - not his. As the team ponder this forensic evidence, Grace intones sagely: 'Vampiric ritual?' Priceless!

There is more than a hint at fairy tale / folk tale motif here. Not least when Magdalene 26 escapes from the castle (the convent) climbing over the wall and jumping into a new life, while her friend sacrifices herself in order for her to break out.

The backdrop of the Magdalene 'homes' for unmarried mothers provides an unrelenting darkness and sense of cruelty which parallels the cruelties inflicted by the Turkish 'gang'. The two sisters are co-joined by this violence. Nasty and dark with a genuinely moving ending.

Did I say Gothic? Well not quite. Although that 'vampire' reference by Grace at the beginning lends itself rather nicely.

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