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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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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:

Caso cerrado 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

The first series secured strong ratings, with episodes 1.3 Waking the Dead: Burn Out: Part 1 (2001) & 1.4 Waking the Dead: Burn Out: Part 2 (2001), receiving 8.4 million viewers and a 38% audience share. Persistently high ratings meant the programme was recommissioned each year for either the summer or winter schedule. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Det. Supt. Peter Boyd: You can make the right decision or the wrong decision. The right decision is to put down the weapon and give yourself up. The wrong decision is to shoot me and I sincerely hope you don't do that.
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Alternate Versions

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

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

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British Crime, Not Zombies
22 June 2014 | by VickiHopkinsSee all my reviews

Let's clarify this title early on - it's not about Zombies. Waking the Dead is a BBC series that focuses on a cold case murder squad. They probably could have chosen a better title, because I passed over this show multiple times after seeing the word "dead" and thinking "waking" was "walking." (That was before I got my new glasses.)

Anyway, I just finished five seasons, but apparently there are many more. If you like British detective programs and love hearing, "I'm DCI..." whoever, you'll probably get into this one too. The British titles are so much cooler...Detective Chief Inspector.

It focuses around Detective Boyd, who runs the show, played by Trevor Eve (not bad looking for a man his age). Dr. Grace Foley, played by Sue Johnston, is always analyzing everyone as the profiler of killers and her coworkers. Like so many other shows, this one reminds me not to get emotionally involved with the actors and certain characters.

Claire Goose, who plays one of the detectives, leaves the show (via a horrific on-screen death), which totally changes the flavor of the team after her departure. Coupled with a change in the forensic team at the same time, it's a shocker. When that happens, I grieve the loss and often find myself loosing a tad bit of interest trying to get into the replacements who I often don't like as well. It was no different in this case either, but it's like work -- people come and go all the time.

After watching so many British detective police shows, this one carries the usual underlying themes in the series that I am finding occur over and over.

  • The main detective is a bit wonky with either work or personal problems. They are either emotionally detached from others, unable to make close relationships, have some fault like yelling, drinking, or whatever.


  • The top guy always is a little rebellious refusing to obey orders, and there is usually someone on the force that is out to get them in the upper echelons.


  • Though the team works well together, there is always some undermining strife and rivalry in the ranks.


  • Some of the crime stories can be downright sick, especially upon the discovery of a dead body and how gruesomely the poor victim had been killed. The newer shows go for the shock factor more than the mystery, and I wish they would spare me the gory details.


Of course, these stories always leave me with unanswered questions:

  • Is forensic science that advance it figures out everything?


  • Do DCI's ever carry guns?


  • How much tea do they drink on the job and what kind?


  • When they are in the pub sloshing down the ale, are they on duty or off?


I may never know the answer to these perplexing questions, however, it doesn't stop me from searching for the next BBC crime show. As you can see, I've watched a few. Do I have favorites? I am a bit partial to the older shows with less gore and murders of only stabbings, strangulation, and poison, which occur at night while the peacocks are screeching in the background. The more complicated the lead detective, the better. These are some of my favorites:

  • Midsommer Murders


  • Detective Lewis


  • Prime Suspect


  • Wallender


  • Murder in Suburbia


So that about sums it up. BBC or ITV better keep cranking these series out, or I'm going to be disappointed.

It's time for an Earl Grey.


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