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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Gripping. Terrifying. Thought Provoking.
28 January 2010 | by (England) – See all my reviews

SPOILERS BELOW Having just watched this episode of Silent Witness, it's impact is still very much hanging over me. Unlike other episodes I've seen, this one has minimal forensic analysis, followed by seat-gripping tension suspended throughout the rest of the episode (after a disastrous and turn of events-wrap Harry and Nicki in to the drama much more than usual).

The scenario taps very effectively into a little realised fear for a British audience - a gunman/men in an academic institution. The fear is realised by the characters too, when the dean of the university finds herself struggling to cope with a situation she never expected, and there are a lack of protocols in place to deal with such a situation.

The episode was shot and acted extremely well, the tension and fear the characters were facing easily transferred to the audience, with the warren-like structure of the university buildings creating a sense of the characters being trapped in a maze, the viewer never knowing where or when the danger might occur only intensified the situation.

For me, being so immersed in the story (which I eagerly await the conclusion of tomorrow) made it thought provoking; especially having spent time in an American university where special alarms are set up to warn students. It posed unanswerable questions of how best to react in this horrific situation - whether inside the building trying to get out safely, or outside, desperately trying to take control and keep casualties to a minimum. I have seen a couple of films on a similar genre, but neither were as compelling as this.

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