Waking the Dead (TV series)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - View original article

Waking the Dead
Waking the Dead.jpg
Waking the Dead intertitle
FormatPolice procedural
Created byBarbara Machin
StarringTrevor Eve
Sue Johnston
Wil Johnson
Tara Fitzgerald
Holly Aird
Claire Goose
Félicité Du Jeu
Esther Hall
Eva Birthistle
Stacey Roca
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of series9
No. of episodes92 (List of episodes)
Production
Running time60 minutes
Broadcast
Original channelBBC One
Original run4 September 2000 – 11 April 2011
Chronology
Related showsThe Body Farm
External links
Website
 
Jump to: navigation, search
Waking the Dead
Waking the Dead.jpg
Waking the Dead intertitle
FormatPolice procedural
Created byBarbara Machin
StarringTrevor Eve
Sue Johnston
Wil Johnson
Tara Fitzgerald
Holly Aird
Claire Goose
Félicité Du Jeu
Esther Hall
Eva Birthistle
Stacey Roca
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of series9
No. of episodes92 (List of episodes)
Production
Running time60 minutes
Broadcast
Original channelBBC One
Original run4 September 2000 – 11 April 2011
Chronology
Related showsThe Body Farm
External links
Website

Waking the Dead is a British television police procedural crime drama series produced by the BBC featuring a fictional Cold Case unit composed of CID police officers, a psychological profiler and a forensic scientist. A pilot episode aired in September 2000, and there have been a total of nine series since. Each story is split into two hour-long episodes, shown on consecutive nights on BBC One. A third series episode won an International Emmy Award in 2004. The programme was also shown on BBC America in the United States, though these screenings are edited to allow for advertising breaks, as well as UKTV in Australia and New Zealand and ABC1 in Australia. The show aired its final episode on 11 April 2011. A spin-off from the series, titled The Body Farm, revolving around forensic scientist Eve Lockhart (Tara Fitzgerald), was announced by the BBC in January 2011 and ran for just one series.

Plot[edit]

Overview[edit]

The programme follows the work of a special police team who investigate "cold cases", which usually concern murders that took place a number of years ago, and were never solved. The team, composed of head officer Detective Superintendent Peter Boyd (Trevor Eve), psychological profiler Dr Grace Foley (Sue Johnston), Detective Inspector Spencer Jordan (Wil Johnson), as well as a number of other supporting characters, use evidence which has recently come to light, as well as contemporary technology to examine former evidence.

Initially, Boyd, Grace and Spence were accompanied by junior DC Mel Silver (Claire Goose), and stern forensic scientist Frankie Wharton (Holly Aird), however both left after the end of the fourth series. Felix Gibson (Esther Hall) and Stella Goodman (Felicite Du Jeu) replaced them in the fifth series, before Eve Lockhart (Tara Fitzgerald) replaced Felix from the sixth season onwards. Katarina Howard (Stacey Roca) replaced Stella in series eight, while Sarah Cavendish (Eva Birthistle) replaced Katarina in series nine. Although the plotlines generally centre around the case, other storylines have been incorporated across the years, including Boyd's anger management issues and being re-united with son, Grace suffering from cancer, Spencer being shot at the hands of one of his former colleagues, and Mel's death, which creates a chain of events lasting across two series.

Trevor Eve stated that the ninth series would be his last, and as such, the series was wrapped up instead of being continued without Eve as the star. As such, The Body Farm, a spin-off revolving around forensic scientist Eve Lockhart (Tara Fitzgerald), was commissioned by the BBC. However, after poor ratings and panned reviews by critics, it was wrapped up after just one series. A total of forty-six stories aired across the nine series.

Characters[edit]

Police[edit]

Doctors[edit]

Episodes[edit]

Reception[edit]

The first series secured strong ratings, with "Burn Out" receiving 8.4m viewers and a 38% share.[3] Persistently high ratings meant the programme was recommissioned each year for either the summer or winter schedule. The sixth series began with strong ratings, with "Wren Boys" achieving 9.2m viewers and a 35.2% share.[4] The second part dropped to 8.6m, but still gained a 33% share.[5] Following the successful transmission of the third series and an International Emmy Award nomination for "Special Relationship" written by Stephen Davis and directed by David Thacker, a further two series were commissioned with the number of stories expanded from four to six.[6] Waking the Dead won an International Emmy Award the following year for "Breaking Glass", written by Stephen Davis and directed by Maurice Phillips, and "Multistorey", written by Ed Whitmore and directed by Bob Bierman.[7]

Home media releases[edit]

All nine series have been released on DVD in the United Kingdom via 2 Entertain Ltd, under the BBC DVD banner. All nine series are also available in a complete boxset. Series one to seven have been released by BBC Video in the United States, while all nine series have been released in Australia via Roadshow.

DVD nameRelease dates
Region 1Region 2Region 4
Series One24 October 200612 September 20052 March 2006
Series Two16 October 200726 June 20061 April 2010
Series Three20 January 200925 September 20061 June 2010
Series Four19 January 201029 January 20074 August 2010
Series Five18 January 2011[8]10 September 20075 October 2010
Series Six17 January 2012[9]19 May 20082 December 2010
Series Seven15 January 2013[10]3 May 20103 February 2011
Series Eight17 September 201312 July 20103 May 2011
Series NineN/A2 May 20113 June 2012
Series One-NineN/A2 May 2011N/A

Notes and references[edit]

External links[edit]