Silent Witness: Season 3

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  • In the long-running, hit BBC crime thriller, forensic pathologist Dr. Samantha Ryan (Amanda Burton) risks her career and her life in four murder cases that hinge on grisly but confusing evidence. Did a Cambridge college professor die of head injuries or suffocation? Did a teenager perish at the hands of her lover or her stalker? Was a farmer’s gruesome death an accident or retribution? And how to stop a drugs war if police are selling the drugs? Adultery, addiction, corruption and revenge cloud the facts, while Sam’s personal life threatens her objectivity. Prepare yourself for a twisting, nerve-jangling ride through the powerful third season.. In the long-running, hit BBC crime thriller, forensic pathologist Dr. Samantha Ryan (Amanda Burton) risks her career and her life in four murder cases that hinge on grisly but confusing evidence. Did a Cambridge college professor die of head injuries or suffocation? Did a teenager perish at the hands of her lover or her stalker? Was a farmer’s gruesome death an accident or retribution? And how to stop a drugs war if police are selling the drugs? Adultery, addiction, corruption and revenge cloud the facts, while Sam’s personal life threatens her objectivity. Prepare yourself for a twisting, nerve-jangling ride through the powerful third season.

  • 1. An Academic Exercise (Part 1)
    A murder at a Cambridge college leads pathologist Sam Ryan into professional, emotional and physical danger. Dr Annabelle Evans – a personal friend of Sam Ryan and a senior lecturer in genetics at a Cambridge college – is found murdered. New detectives DI Connor and DS Bradley suspect Annabelle’s husband, Martin. But when DI Connor realises that Ryan knows the victim, he is understandably concerned: “Isn’t it possible that you could jeopardise any case we might bring?”
    “The head injury wasn’t the cause of death. I believe she was suffocated after being hit,” Sam’s partner,Trevor Stewart tells her.
    Sam’s certainties about her job are tested as she discovers that the forensic evidence on the corpse is confusing. Her grief and anger destroy her usual clinical detachment. Even DS Bradley is surprised by Sam’s persistence.

    2. An Academic Exercise (Part 2)
    A student is murdered and the police suspect it is the same person who killed lecturer Annabelle Evans. Sam is too close to the case and her emotion is clouding her judgement. She seeks the advice of her former mentor, Professor Leon Forman. He advises,“Go back to the body. Go back to what is certain.”
    Ryan believes that the killer is waiter and sometime student Marco Rossi, and that Annabelle’s husband Martin is innocent. DI Connor learns that his suspicions are wrong about Martin killing his wife because she discovered he was having an affair. It was Annabelle herself who was adulterous.
    Sam and her partner,Trevor Stewart, deduce that Annabelle’s body was likely to have been frozen, dressed, moved and smeared with animal blood. But why? It is as if the killer is playing a game with Sam, testing her skills. As Leon Forman concludes,“The purpose of freezing the body was to confuse you – and they’ve succeeded.” But is he telling Sam everything he knows?
    A clever and extremely dangerous killer may well be setting his sights on Sam herself…

    3. Fallen Idol (Part 1)
    Hidden secrets in a suburban, middle-class family come to light when a 17-year-old girl is found murdered. Gemma Boyd, a glamorous trainee estate agent, is found dead at the bottom of a staircase in an empty house. Mysterious phone calls are logged to her office and home. Are the police looking for a stalker – or a lover?
    As the police and Sam Ryan investigate, dark truths about the family are brought to light. Sam learns that Gemma’s mother, Suzy, threw her daughter out for having an illegitimate child at the age of 13, and the police unearth the fact that Gemma had already had another child by a boyfriend, a yob named Lee Bennett.
    Suzy, now remarried to Paul Franklin, is understandably upset about the death, much to the bemusement of Paul’s other daughter, Kate.“What’s she so upset for, anyway? She was horrible to Gemma half the time.” Did she know that her own second husband, Paul, was having an affair with Gemma before her death? And who is making the phone calls, asking for Gemma after she has died?
    On the domestic front, Sam is delighted to hear that her sister,Wyn, is to be married. But her pathologist partner, Dr Trevor Stewart, is more concerned about her close relationship with surgeon James Reynolds. “He’s rich, successful, handsome, tall. I think you could do better,” he observes.“He’s everything I can’t stand about surgeons. An ego the size of Jupiter, he’s cocky – and I worry about you.

    4. Fallen Idol (Part 2)
    When Suzy Franklin’s first husband turns up on her doorstep after being released from prison, she greets him with a knife.“I was with Mick Boyd for the best part of 10 years,” she tells DI Connor, after Mick dies from the knife wounds.“And every minute of every hour of that time, I was afraid. He killed our daughter, because she told him that she was pregnant by her stepfather.” As the relationship between Suzy and Paul disintegrates into accusation and deceit, Gemma’s 13-year- old stepsister, Kate, remains isolated and desperate for her father’s love. The police are also convinced that Boyd killed his daughter, Gemma – until DS Bradley discovers that Boyd was with his probation officer when the murder was committed. Their attention swiftly turns to another lover of Gemma’s: wild boy Lee Bennett, after Sam learns that he was the last person to have sex with her. Sam has her own theory about what really happened, but it seems that the police are no nearer finding Gemma’s killer. Who killed Gemma? A man from her past, an unknown stalker or someone closer to home? On the domestic front, Sam is no longer convinced that smug surgeon James Reynolds is the man for her, especially after he invites her to America for six months while he works there.

    5. Divided Loyalties (Part 1)
    A drugs war leads Sam into the murky world of dealers, undercover detectives and police corruption. Sam Ryan is called to a squalid flat where Maggie Collins and her baby daughter are found dead, the mother from a drug overdose, the baby from dehydration.
    Two weeks later, an explosion kills a local drug dealer. Sam’s post-mortem reveals that the dealer had ingested the same drug as the dead mother.
    Sam thinks the cases are linked, but her theories are dismissed by DCI Hoskins, Head of the Drug Squad. Undeterred and unable to forget Maggie Collins’ dead child, Sam continues her investigation, which leads her to the enigmatic Andy Fox who, on the surface, is a small-time drug dealer. But Sam discovers Fox’s secret; he is an undercover policeman with his own suspicions about Maggie’s death...

    6. Divided Loyalties (Part 2)
    After Fox is beaten up, he believes his attackers are themselves police-officers. Does Sam realise her investigation could point to police corruption?
    When a second drug dealer is murdered, the police consider it the work of vigilantes. But Sam proves a link back to Maggie Collins. It’s a link which leads her to a doctor with a secret past, a corrupt drugs rehabilitation worker and finally DCI Hoskins herself.
    As the death toll mounts, is the murderer someone who knew Maggie and seeks revenge for her death, or someone seeking to cover up their own involvement in her terrible demise?

    7. Brothers in Arms (Part 1)
    A farming accident in present- day Cambridge leads Sam to investigate the army cover-up of a murder in Northern Ireland in 1985. When local farmer Phil Nelson dies after a fall under a combine harvester, Sam Ryan thinks the death is accidental. But an anonymous tip-off later points her to evidence that Phil was murdered. DI Connor quickly suspects Owen Johnson, a farm worker and former soldier, and Phil’s wife, Jane.
    Then Ian Neal, a soldier who served in the army with Owen, is murdered. Forensic tests prove it was Neal who sent Sam information about Phil’s death. But was Neal also trying to tell Sam about a crime in the past? A crime in an Irish village called Ballycoola?

    8. Brothers in Arms (Part 2)
    Sam, now emotionally entangled with DI Michael Connor, continues her investigations into two suspicious deaths. The arrival in Cambridge of Connor’s wife, Helen, could prove embarrassing.“You’d be wrong to think I’m keeping him here,” says Sam acidly. She is more worried about her work and the prospect of a job offer in London.
    But will Sam solve the mirroring crimes of the past and the present before a deadly personal revenge is enacted? What is the connection between the dead soldier, Ian Neal, and an Army killing in Northern Ireland in 1985? Sam’s investigations take her to Marie Kavanagh, an Irish woman who as a child witnessed the death of a young poacher.
    Is is a death which links one of the prime suspects, former soldier Owen Johnson, and the recently murdered Ian Neal to another soldier, Alastair Rogers, who has some useful friends and a determination that the past will remain buried.
    DI Connor is concerned that Sam is making the case a crusade:“I know you’re upset that you misread the Nelson death. But not every case is a cover-up.”
    Sam’s response is tart:“You want easy answers, Michael.Well, you won’t get them from me.”.

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    1. An Academic Exercise (Part 1)
    A murder at a Cambridge college leads pathologist Sam Ryan into professional, emotional and physical danger. Dr Annabelle Evans – a personal friend of Sam Ryan and a senior lecturer in genetics at a Cambridge college – is found murdered. New detectives DI Connor and DS Bradley suspect Annabelle’s husband, Martin. But when DI Connor realises that Ryan knows the victim, he is understandably concerned: “Isn’t it possible that you could jeopardise any case we might bring?”
    “The head injury wasn’t the cause of death. I believe she was suffocated after being hit,” Sam’s partner,Trevor Stewart tells her.
    Sam’s certainties about her job are tested as she discovers that the forensic evidence on the corpse is confusing. Her grief and anger destroy her usual clinical detachment. Even DS Bradley is surprised by Sam’s persistence.

    2. An Academic Exercise (Part 2)
    A student is murdered and the police suspect it is the same person who killed lecturer Annabelle Evans. Sam is too close to the case and her emotion is clouding her judgement. She seeks the advice of her former mentor, Professor Leon Forman. He advises,“Go back to the body. Go back to what is certain.”
    Ryan believes that the killer is waiter and sometime student Marco Rossi, and that Annabelle’s husband Martin is innocent. DI Connor learns that his suspicions are wrong about Martin killing his wife because she discovered he was having an affair. It was Annabelle herself who was adulterous.
    Sam and her partner,Trevor Stewart, deduce that Annabelle’s body was likely to have been frozen, dressed, moved and smeared with animal blood. But why? It is as if the killer is playing a game with Sam, testing her skills. As Leon Forman concludes,“The purpose of freezing the body was to confuse you – and they’ve succeeded.” But is he telling Sam everything he knows?
    A clever and extremely dangerous killer may well be setting his sights on Sam herself…

    3. Fallen Idol (Part 1)
    Hidden secrets in a suburban, middle-class family come to light when a 17-year-old girl is found murdered. Gemma Boyd, a glamorous trainee estate agent, is found dead at the bottom of a staircase in an empty house. Mysterious phone calls are logged to her office and home. Are the police looking for a stalker – or a lover?
    As the police and Sam Ryan investigate, dark truths about the family are brought to light. Sam learns that Gemma’s mother, Suzy, threw her daughter out for having an illegitimate child at the age of 13, and the police unearth the fact that Gemma had already had another child by a boyfriend, a yob named Lee Bennett.
    Suzy, now remarried to Paul Franklin, is understandably upset about the death, much to the bemusement of Paul’s other daughter, Kate.“What’s she so upset for, anyway? She was horrible to Gemma half the time.” Did she know that her own second husband, Paul, was having an affair with Gemma before her death? And who is making the phone calls, asking for Gemma after she has died?
    On the domestic front, Sam is delighted to hear that her sister,Wyn, is to be married. But her pathologist partner, Dr Trevor Stewart, is more concerned about her close relationship with surgeon James Reynolds. “He’s rich, successful, handsome, tall. I think you could do better,” he observes.“He’s everything I can’t stand about surgeons. An ego the size of Jupiter, he’s cocky – and I worry about you.

    4. Fallen Idol (Part 2)
    When Suzy Franklin’s first husband turns up on her doorstep after being released from prison, she greets him with a knife.“I was with Mick Boyd for the best part of 10 years,” she tells DI Connor, after Mick dies from the knife wounds.“And every minute of every hour of that time, I was afraid. He killed our daughter, because she told him that she was pregnant by her stepfather.” As the relationship between Suzy and Paul disintegrates into accusation and deceit, Gemma’s 13-year- old stepsister, Kate, remains isolated and desperate for her father’s love. The police are also convinced that Boyd killed his daughter, Gemma – until DS Bradley discovers that Boyd was with his probation officer when the murder was committed. Their attention swiftly turns to another lover of Gemma’s: wild boy Lee Bennett, after Sam learns that he was the last person to have sex with her. Sam has her own theory about what really happened, but it seems that the police are no nearer finding Gemma’s killer. Who killed Gemma? A man from her past, an unknown stalker or someone closer to home? On the domestic front, Sam is no longer convinced that smug surgeon James Reynolds is the man for her, especially after he invites her to America for six months while he works there.

    5. Divided Loyalties (Part 1)
    A drugs war leads Sam into the murky world of dealers, undercover detectives and police corruption. Sam Ryan is called to a squalid flat where Maggie Collins and her baby daughter are found dead, the mother from a drug overdose, the baby from dehydration.
    Two weeks later, an explosion kills a local drug dealer. Sam’s post-mortem reveals that the dealer had ingested the same drug as the dead mother.
    Sam thinks the cases are linked, but her theories are dismissed by DCI Hoskins, Head of the Drug Squad. Undeterred and unable to forget Maggie Collins’ dead child, Sam continues her investigation, which leads her to the enigmatic Andy Fox who, on the surface, is a small-time drug dealer. But Sam discovers Fox’s secret; he is an undercover policeman with his own suspicions about Maggie’s death...

    6. Divided Loyalties (Part 2)
    After Fox is beaten up, he believes his attackers are themselves police-officers. Does Sam realise her investigation could point to police corruption?
    When a second drug dealer is murdered, the police consider it the work of vigilantes. But Sam proves a link back to Maggie Collins. It’s a link which leads her to a doctor with a secret past, a corrupt drugs rehabilitation worker and finally DCI Hoskins herself.
    As the death toll mounts, is the murderer someone who knew Maggie and seeks revenge for her death, or someone seeking to cover up their own involvement in her terrible demise?

    7. Brothers in Arms (Part 1)
    A farming accident in present- day Cambridge leads Sam to investigate the army cover-up of a murder in Northern Ireland in 1985. When local farmer Phil Nelson dies after a fall under a combine harvester, Sam Ryan thinks the death is accidental. But an anonymous tip-off later points her to evidence that Phil was murdered. DI Connor quickly suspects Owen Johnson, a farm worker and former soldier, and Phil’s wife, Jane.
    Then Ian Neal, a soldier who served in the army with Owen, is murdered. Forensic tests prove it was Neal who sent Sam information about Phil’s death. But was Neal also trying to tell Sam about a crime in the past? A crime in an Irish village called Ballycoola?

    8. Brothers in Arms (Part 2)
    Sam, now emotionally entangled with DI Michael Connor, continues her investigations into two suspicious deaths. The arrival in Cambridge of Connor’s wife, Helen, could prove embarrassing.“You’d be wrong to think I’m keeping him here,” says Sam acidly. She is more worried about her work and the prospect of a job offer in London.
    But will Sam solve the mirroring crimes of the past and the present before a deadly personal revenge is enacted? What is the connection between the dead soldier, Ian Neal, and an Army killing in Northern Ireland in 1985? Sam’s investigations take her to Marie Kavanagh, an Irish woman who as a child witnessed the death of a young poacher.
    Is is a death which links one of the prime suspects, former soldier Owen Johnson, and the recently murdered Ian Neal to another soldier, Alastair Rogers, who has some useful friends and a determination that the past will remain buried.
    DI Connor is concerned that Sam is making the case a crusade:“I know you’re upset that you misread the Nelson death. But not every case is a cover-up.”
    Sam’s response is tart:“You want easy answers, Michael.Well, you won’t get them from me.”.