Silent Witness has become an incredibly rare beast, a continuing crime drama on the BBC that has now lasted into its third decade, with seemingly no sign of it slowing down (it has been renewed for two more seasons, which will include its 25th anniversary season).
This is a show I watched from my early teenage years, but in the last couple of years I had stopped watching due to my frustration at how involved the pathologists were getting in police matters and therefore making the show unrealistic, but I decided to give this season a chance, and I am very glad I did. The show is now much more realistic again and this season was packed full of important, inventive, and gripping stories.
This season tackled many different subjects, including domestic abuse, police corruption, chemical warfare, and much more, and found a compelling take on each subject.
The guest cast was notably strong this season, with many recognisable and talented character actors popping up in each episode to really help add a sense of prestige to this BBC drama.
Emilia Fox has now been leading the cast of this show for over a decade, and she continues to be an incredibly likeable and talented actress to carry the show. However, this season especially, was very much an ensemble with all four leads getting their chance to shine. David Caves offers much of the comedic relief with his sarcastic and wise-cracking performance that fits perfectly to the tone.
However, the two stand outs this season are the two cats members who departed at the end of the season, Richard Lintern and Liz Carr. Carr often provides strong comedic moments but in this season she tackled many emotional scenes and knocked them out of the park. She is a shining light and inspiration for disbaled actors everywhere, and her presence will be missed in this show.
As for Lintern, he has often had to play the ‘straight man’ throughout the show and be the non-emotional, brain of the team. However, in the finale where he sacrifices his life to save his colleague, it is absolutely heartbreaking and his acting is a big part of that.
This show keeps finding ways to stay fresh, and this is why I believe it is one of Britain’s most loved and longest running shows.
Rating = 4/5