Waking the Dead (2000–2011)
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Every Breath You Take: Part 1 

The body of missing Police Sergeant Debbie Briton turns up in a golf bag. Suspicion falls on a stalker, but Grace is not convinced that he is the killer.


Gary Love


Barbara Machin (creator), Barbara Machin


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Trevor Eve ... Detective Superintendent Peter Boyd
Sue Johnston ... Dr. Grace Foley
Holly Aird ... Dr. Frankie Wharton
Claire Goose ... DC Amelia 'Mel' Silver
Wil Johnson ... DS Spencer Jordan
Simon Kunz ... DAC Ralph Christie
Thomas Lockyer Thomas Lockyer ... DI Steven Maitland
Tessa Peake-Jones ... Fiona Maitland (as Tessa Peake Jones)
Paloma Baeza ... Anna Maitland
Lee Ross ... Christopher Redford
Andrew Buckley ... Michael Skinner
Terence Maynard ... James Britten
Dinah Stabb Dinah Stabb ... Norma Jones
Robert Demeger Robert Demeger ... Pathologist
Joanne Farrell ... Sgt. Debbie Britten


The body of a police officer, who was being stalked, is pulled from the Thames. Boyd and the team track down murdered police officer Debbie's married lover, but he denies killing her. Stalker Christopher Redford is ready to confess to the murder, but Grace is not convinced he's the guilty man. Written by Anonymous

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

9 July 2001 (UK) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR


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Did You Know?


Trevor Eve (Det Supt Peter Boyd) & Tessa Peake-Jones (Fiona Maitland) also worked together on Unforgotten (2015) as Sir Phillip Cross & Sheila respectively. See more »


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Happy Birthday to You
Written by Mildred J. Hill and Patty S. Hill
Performed by Holly Aird and Claire Goose
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Another superb episode from Series one.
3 March 2018 | by Sleepin_DragonSee all my reviews

Boyd's birthday celebrations are cut short, when the missing body of Sergeant Debbie Britton is pulled out of the Thames. The heroic, beautiful and capable Debbie had fallen victim to one of a number of suspects, including a grief stricken husband, and an obsessive stalker, who'd created a fantasy world for himself with Debbie.

Waking the Dead had certainly gathered momentum as the series went on, Every Breath you take reached audience viewing figures that wouldn't come again until Series Six. Part one was an exceptional episode, very strong characters, and a strong narrative. We also get to see a shift in Boyd's nature, characteristics relatively unseen that would continue through to the show's conclusion.


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