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Waking the Dead 

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


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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 38 episodes, 2000-2005
Félicité Du Jeu Félicité Du Jeu ...  DC Stella Goodman 36 episodes, 2005-2009


Detective Superintendent Peter Boyd ( 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!


Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Holly Aird (Dr. Wharton) was expecting her second child during season four which is why in season four her character is nearly always seen standing behind something (or someone in walking shots) or wearing large coats and lab coats. See more »


In S1 Mel in the episode of a Simple Sacrifice says she is born in 1975, in S4 in the episode of Figue States when she talks about being adopted she is born in 1979 en at the end of S6 in the episode of Yahrzeit you can see on her gravestone that she is born in 1976. See more »


Dr. Nick Henderson: We've all had days like that, haven't we? You make one small mistake, and because of that you make a bigger one. You leave your wallet by the bed. Then you go up to get it. You trip over the rug, you break your leg. Next thing you know, you're in hospital with a fatal infection. Just because you forgot your wallet.
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Alternate Versions

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


Referenced in I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue (2008) See more »

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Love the show hate Boyd
21 January 2015 | by ladybug2535See all my reviews

I adore this show--the writing is excellent, the cases are intriguing, and the actors are very, very good (especially the lady who place Grace, the far-too patient Psychiatrist profiler of the team.

The one part of the show I can't stand is the way Boyd, the leader of the team treats his people. He talks down to them, berates them, humiliates them, and is a blatant hypocrite. Some of his actions during interviews of suspects are so out of line that in real life, he would have--and should have been fired. In at least one show, he is directly responsible for the deaths of others, due to the way he handles the case (and I am tempted to believe that this occurs--directly or indirectly, more than once).

I'm currently into the 6th season, and if anything, his behavior gets progressively worse, but like abused children forever trying to earn their abusers' love, his team is desperately loyal while at the same time overtly exasperated and upset by the way he treats them. In real life, no one would willingly work for this jerk. None of this dynamic is accidental or incidental, the characters and their interactions are obviously written this way--and the acting by the cast is spot on, not a false note among them--including the actor who plays Boyd. I just can't fathom why the writers would continue to paint this character in such a dreadful light. I find it extremely distracting and perplexing in an otherwise excellent and interesting crime show.

I've grown to hate Boyd so much that I actually stopped watching the show for several months. And that's just sad, because it really is an excellent program with interesting and unique cases that avoid cliché, and characters that avoid stereotype. I keep waiting for Boyd to get a wake-up call and change his ways, but so far, after watching most of the 6 seasons, his behavior gets progressively worse with no improvement in sight. Just be forewarned.

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Release Date:

4 September 2000 (UK) See more »

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London, England, UK

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

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1.78 : 1
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