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Silent Witness
Season 1
Every body tells a story: who they were, how they lived, and most importantly, how they died. In Silent Witness, one of the BBC's most successful and longest-running crime dramas, forensic pathologist Dr. Sam Ryan speaks on behalf of the voiceless. Sam has an all-embracing, passionate notion of justice that quite often does not accord with the police objectives of getting a conviction. This can lead to trouble, both in her personal and professional lives, but to Sam, each dead body deserves nothing but the truth. Gripping and tense, the stories tackle child murder, ritual killing, a murder in the police cells and an arranged marriage that leads Sam to confront her own demons.
Episodes
Ep 1
Buried Lies
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Ep 2
Long Days, Short Nights
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Ep 3
Darkness Visible
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Ep 4
Sins Of The Fathers
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Buried Lies
Forensic pathologist Dr. Sam Ryan returns to Cambridge to take up a teaching assignment and to work for the police as required. In her first case, she has to deal with the death of a six - year - old girl found floating in a nearby river. (1 of 4)
Long Days, Short Nights
When Mark James' decomposing body is found, there is every indication that he was part of some occult ritual. All evidence points to his friend Sebastian Bird. (2 of 4)
Darkness Visible
Sam investigates the death of a man while in police custody. (3 of 4)
Sins Of The Fathers
Sam is called to the scene of a restaurant fire where DI Adams needs her help to identify a badly burnt body and to establish whether it is murder or a tragedy. (4 of 4)
Interview

Actor Amanda Burton on How to Be, Play and Raise Strong Women

Amanda Burton’s made a habit of playing smart, serious leads. She’s been a crown prosecutor, a police commander, and from 1996 – 2004, she played forensic pathologist Sam Ryan on Silent Witness. Refreshingly, her character’s looks and sex life didn’t own the storyline: instead, the focus was on the skilled and compassionate work she did to solve murders. In 2002, a writer for The Telegraph described the Irish actor as “the most envied woman in Britain… the person that most women in the country would like to resemble.”

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