Silent Witness (1996– )
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Darkness Visible: Part 1 

Sam investigates the death of a gay man while in police custody. He had been arrested while drunk and was sharing a cell with another drunk, in for the night. The victim died from a blow to... See full summary »

Director:

Noella Smith

Writers:

Brendan Cleary (poem), Nigel McCrery (deviser) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Amanda Burton ... Sam Ryan
Brendan Coyle ... Liam Slattery
William Armstrong William Armstrong ... Dr. Trevor Stewart
Rebecca Craig Rebecca Craig ... Jenny Stewart
Michael Troughton ... Allen Symonds
Kate Fenwick Kate Fenwick ... Tracy Tennant
Ken Stott ... Sergeant Bob Claire
Lee Whitlock ... Stevo
Milo Twomey Milo Twomey ... PC North
Ian Keith Ian Keith ... P.C. Jarvis
David Peart David Peart ... College Fellow
Dorian Lough ... Michael Pearce
Ian Tolmie Ian Tolmie ... Jeff
Philip Glenister ... PC Denning
Ian Shaw ... PC Johns
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Sam investigates the death of a gay man while in police custody. He had been arrested while drunk and was sharing a cell with another drunk, in for the night. The victim died from a blow to the head and was badly beaten post-mortem. DS Farmer is concerned that the assault may have been the work of some of her officers. Sam also meets up with Liam Slattery an old friend she has not seen for 20 years. Sam's sister however is convinced Liam was responsible for the death of their father years before. Written by garykmcd

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Genres:

Crime | Drama | Mystery

Certificate:

TV-14
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Get it Down You Zulu Warrior
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Traditional
Performed by Philip Glenister and othe Police Officers
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Police corruption?
8 December 2019 | by Sleepin_DragonSee all my reviews

What starts off as an almost jolly, light hearted story, soon becomes a complex mystery. The death of a gay man in a cell causes Sam to question whether he was killed by his drunken Cell mate, or a copper. Was it a homophobic attack?

Lots of insight into Sam's personal life, and the events surrounding the death of her father. They made her such an interesting character, it never felt too heavy, it was always just right. Shows in the nineties often had a gay themed story, it's funny how times have changed.

What a cast! Philip Glenister, Ken Stott, Brendan Scott and Dorian Lough, many shows would have rightly been delighted to have such a cast assembled.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 March 1996 (UK) See more »

Filming Locations:

Ealing, London, England, UK

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Runtime:

(2 parts) | (DVD)

Color:

Color
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