Silent Witness: Season 15, Episode 6

Paradise Lost: Part 2 (16 Apr. 2012)

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Leo feels guilty when Helen kills herself,leaving an explanation on Camcorder that she took the tissues to further scientific research. Aware that Mears killed more women than he was ... See full summary »

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Episode credited cast:
Roger Alborough ...
DI Stroud
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Annie Farmer
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Andy Farmer
Elliot Birch ...
Young Mears
John Carson ...
Mears' Father
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Arnold Mears
Rita Davies ...
Mears' Mother
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DI Gladwyn
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William Gaminara ...
Sally Giles ...
Reporter
Dave Mounfield ...
Prison Officer (as David Mounfield)
Rachel Ogilvy ...
Nurse
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Helen Karamides
Tom Ward ...
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Leo feels guilty when Helen kills herself,leaving an explanation on Camcorder that she took the tissues to further scientific research. Aware that Mears killed more women than he was imprisoned for, Leo tells the police about the arrangement with Annie,scaring Andy, who believes that Mears will have his mother murdered for the breach of trust. It is also revealed that Annie believes her daughter was one of Mears' victims,hence her involvement with him. When Annie disappears Nikki visits Mears,who agrees to tell her about all his other victims. He appears to have won his mind game with her but his possessiveness over his copy of 'Paradise Lost' and Nikki's chance remark about an elderly lady she met who knew Mears yield results. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Finding the victims of a gaoled man
17 April 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This two part story opened with two key threads; Leo is in court giving evidence in a case concerning the death of a baby where he strongly disagrees with the findings of another pathologist and a woman is searching for bones after being told their location by a gaoled man. The man is Arnold Mears; he is imprisoned for brutally murdering three women. The woman doing the searching isn't an accomplice; she is going to the locations he gives her because she believes that when she has found all the bones Mears will tell her the whereabouts of her own missing daughter. The team end up on the case when the woman's son brings one of the bones to Nikki; she soon learns that there are more and analysis suggests they are from previously unknown victims. Meanwhile it looks as if the pathologist Leo disagreed with in court might be struck off as she has been illegally keeping tissue samples without consent… it also becomes apparent that she was obsessed with the Mears case.

This was a fairly unusual episode in that all of the murders took place quite a while before; the mystery was whether or not Mears would ever disclose how many he had really killed or where their remains were located. While the story was a bit far-fetched it was still fairly gripping; this was largely down to James Cosmo's performance of Mears; he was a character to make ones skin crawl... even though he was behind bars he felt dangerous; he had a 'Hannibal Lector' quality about him. One flaw that did strike me was how he was giving the woman directions to the bones; a six figure Ordnance Survey grid reference will take you to a hundred metre square: rather a large area to find a bone in! Still one should overlook such minor quibbles as explaining a more accurate method could have detracted from the story.


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