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Silent Voices 

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | Episode aired 29 April 2012
A well-respected social worker has been drowned, and in her most famous case a child was drowned by his mother. What exactly is the connection?


Paul Whittington


Gaby Chiappe (screenplay), Ann Cleeves (novel)


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Brenda Blethyn ... DCI Vera Stanhope
David Leon ... DS Joe Ashworth
Paul Ritter ... Billy Cartwright
Jon Morrison Jon Morrison ... DC Kenny Lockhart
Cush Jumbo ... DC Bethany Whelan
Hannah Britland ... Hannah Lister
Daymon Britton ... Danny Shaw
Antony Byrne Antony Byrne ... Craig
Stephanie Carey ... Jenny Lister
Penny Downie ... Veronica Eliot
Pat Dunn Pat Dunn ... Irene
Sandra James-Young Sandra James-Young ... Mel
Abigail Johnston Abigail Johnston ... Alice Masters
Daniel Lapaine ... Michael Morgan
Adelle Leonce Adelle Leonce ... Yasmin


Social worker Jenny Lister is murdered whilst out swimming. Two years earlier she had been exonerated following the case of Mattie Jones, who drowned her baby son whilst her colleague Connie Masters was blamed and her life ruined. Everybody speaks of Jenny as if she was perfect, arousing Vera's suspicions, especially when she learns that Jenny was writing a book about some of her cases, including Mattie, and her laptop, containing the draft, is stolen. Chief suspect is Mattie's ex-boyfriend, osteopath Michael Morgan, but then Vera learns that Jenny was having a mysterious affair. Then the thief is murdered in the same way as Jenny, and the laptop gives Vera the key to solving the case but also the task of preventing another death in a race against time. Written by don @ minifie-1

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In the opening scenes at 1min 43sec the blonde seated in the spa is Anna Kournikova. See more »


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18 March 2014 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

When a social worker connected to a high-profile case is found drowned by being held under water, Vera and Joe (Brenda Blethyn and Joe (David Leon) embark on an investigation, in "Silent Voices." Social worker Jenny Lister was part of the Mattie Jones case two years earlier. Mattie had drowned her son Elias while she was the client of Connie Masters, whom Jenny supervised. Jenny was found innocent of any wrongdoing, but Connie Masters, overloaded with cases, was blamed. Masters now lives quietly under another name.

Jenny, on the other hand, was well regarded and adored by her daughter Hannah (Hannah Britland). She is devastated over her mother's death and leans heavily on a neighbor, Simon (James Rastall), whose mother Veronica (Penny Downe) disapproves of the relationship.

It's learned that Jenny was writing a book of case studies -- could that be the reason she was murdered? She had reported her bag stolen, and in it was her laptop. Could Mattie's old boyfriend, the strange and manipulative Michael Morgan (Daniel Lapaine) be responsible because she would have negative things to say about him? Vera and Joe have their hands full with this one. It's a depressing, dark story with the backdrop of loss -- Vera reminiscing about the loss of her own mother, Hannah facing the death of hers, and Veronica reliving the death of her other son as a child. It's also the anniversary of Elias' death.

By the time Vera has this one figured out, it's nearly too late.

Excellent mystery with wonderful performances by Blethyn, Britland, and everyone involved, as well as a story with a nail-biter of an ending.

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