Silent Witness: Season 13, Episode 7

Shadows: Part I (28 Jan. 2010)

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The team attend at the apparent suicide of student Jason Renfrew at the local university. The Dean tells Leo Jason complained to her about racist bullying and he is found to have swallowed ... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Ward ...
William Gaminara ...
Robert Bertrand ...
Jason Renfrew
Charlie Gibbs
DC Andy Salch
Jennifer Mears
Toby Wharton ...
Neil Corrigan
Scott Weston
Frankie McGinty ...
Student 1
Therri Tait ...
Student 2
Stephen Lloyd ...
Student 3
Joe Marsh ...
Matt Frisk
Daniel Curtis ...
Claire Bolt


The team attend at the apparent suicide of student Jason Renfrew at the local university. The Dean tells Leo Jason complained to her about racist bullying and he is found to have swallowed a chip containing photos of the alleged bullies, as well as having a handgun in his locker. Soon afterwards a gunman goes on the rampage, killing several people including the policeman investigating Jason's death. Nikki and Harry are trapped in a classroom with some students, one of whom, the mortally wounded Matt Frisk, was one of Jason's tormentors. Commander Somerville leads the police team who release them though it is Harry who finds the severely injured gunman. However, he fails to spot the bomb planted on campus. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Mind blowingly brilliant episode.
1 November 2015 | by (Swansea, United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Nikki and Harry are called to a University, where a Biochemistry student has apparently gone to the roof top and committed suicide. It's young DC Andy Salch that seems to have doubts over the boy's suicide. University Dean Jennifer Mears steps in and asks if all that's being done is being done and informs Leo he was bullied. Leo is scared as he's found a pregnancy testing kit, Janet is not happy with him as he refuses to discuss it. Harry and Nikki head to the university to dig deeper. The feeling of sorrow is transformed into one of sheer terror as gun shots are heard. DC Salch turns up at the University to speak to the students, sadly he is shot dead. Nikki, Harry, a Professor and a group of students are locked in a classroom, desperately trying to hide. Leo and Jennifer oversee events from the Dean's office, they have to watch in horror as Harry and Nikki walk along the corridor, ready to offer help. The Police team move in and clear the site of everyone, including the gunmen, one nearly dead, one alive and at large. Two devices are primed and go unnoticed!

One of the best episodes in the show's history, what you think is a run of the mill investigation takes a dramatic switch in gear after twenty minutes, the like of it to my knowledge had never occurred on the show before.

The tension and sense of threat they managed to generate in this episode is insane, you literally watch it with a lump in your throat.

The moment when Harry first had an inkling of hearing a shot, and wanders out to investigate is an immensely poignant moment.

For fans of gripping and tense drama Shadows is the gift that keeps on giving. 10/10

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