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Waking the Dead 

Detective Superintendent Peter Boyd is the leader of a police team which investigates unsolved murders using modern technology.

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Cast

Series cast summary:
Trevor Eve ...  Detective Superintendent Peter Boyd / ... 92 episodes, 2000-2011
Sue Johnston ...  Dr. Grace Foley 92 episodes, 2000-2011
Wil Johnson ...  DI Spencer Jordan / ... 92 episodes, 2000-2011
Tara Fitzgerald ...  Dr. Eve Lockhart 42 episodes, 2007-2011
Claire Goose ...  DS Amelia 'Mel' Silver / ... 41 episodes, 2000-2007
Holly Aird ...  Dr. Frankie Wharton 39 episodes, 2000-2005
Félicité Du Jeu Félicité Du Jeu ...  DC Stella Goodman 36 episodes, 2005-2009
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Storyline

Det. Supt. Peter Boyd (played by Trevor Eve) is the leader of a multi-discipline police team of detectives and scientists, the Cold Case Squad, which investigates old, unsolved murder cases using modern methods and new technology that may not have been available during the original investigation. Written by Mark Smith <msmith@osi.co.uk>

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A second chance to catch the killer!

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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Official Sites:

BBC [UK]

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 September 2000 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Waking the Dead See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(18 episodes) | (2 1-hour episodes per story)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Mel (Claire Goose)'s name was originally just Mel in the Pilot episode (Waking the Dead: Pilot: Part 1 (2000) & Waking the Dead: Pilot: Part 2 (2000)). However by Series 1 (Waking the Dead: Burn Out: Part 1 (2001) & Waking the Dead: Burn Out: Part 2 (2001)) it had been extended to Amelia. See more »

Goofs

In S1 Boyd is talking about his missing son who is named Joe in the episode of the Blind Beggar, but in S7 when he turns up, his name is Luke. See more »

Quotes

Dr Grace Foley: So, we got a murder weapon - that's a breakthrough.
Det. Supt. Peter Boyd: We got the French girl, too.
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Alternate Versions

US broadcasts were cut down to approximately 50 minutes per episode to allow room for commercials. See more »

Connections

Spin-off The Body Farm (2011) See more »

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Gritty, intelligent and much missed.
17 October 2015 | by Sleepin_DragonSee all my reviews

If there was a show that ended before its time it was Waking the Dead.

The series focuses on a team of detectives that investigate cold cases. A few changes in personnel over the years, but the linchpin all the way through remained Detective Superintendent Peter Boyd, the charismatic, irascible but intelligent head of the unit. Two other constants, Boyd's second in command DI Spencer Jordan, and Criminal profiler Doctor Grace Foley, both at times struggled on occasion to cope with Boyd's methods and temperament, Grace more so.

The series ran from 2000 to 2011, it gave us nine wonderful Series. It managed to stay relevant, intelligent and thought provoking throughout, criticised at times for being overly complicated, stories such as Walking on Water and Subterraneans drew criticism for being too hard to follow.

High points included Cold Fusion, Yahrzeit and Shadowplay, too many others to name, but these three are among the best, superbly written, always wonderfully acted, with lots of twists and turns.

Everyone is exceptional throughout the series, it showcased just how good an actor Trevor Eve is. You literally see Boyd develop and change as a character as the series progresses, you see that Mel and Luke have a huge impact on his character.

Some very memorable performances from guest stars throughout, Genevieve O'Reilly's performance in Harbinger, Harriet Walter's in Every breath you take, and Paul Freeman's in Straw Dog are a few highlights.

A series very similar to Silent Witness, it always surprised me that they ended this when they did, it had 2 more series I would have thought. The final series is outstanding, they truly did go out on a high. Eve Lockhart had proved an effective character that she was given a spin off show 'The Body Farm,' which only ran for one series and never fully reached its potential.

Waking the Dead remains one of the best. 2018's radio dramas proved there was still interest in this show, needs bringing back.


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