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Silent Witness: Season 16

Silent Witness: Season 16

If London University’s team of forensic pathologists didn’t investigate human remains, you might bemoan the unfortunate allergic reaction that killed a wealthy businessman. The abused baby who was smothered to death. The woman whose husband cut off her fingertips after he killed her. But when Nikki, Leo and forensic scientist Jack Hodgson examine the deadly evidence, you may change your mind about natural and unnatural causes. Is Nikki’s new lover a construction guru or a crook? What murderous secrets will a soldier’s remains unlock in Afghanistan? Find out in five two-part episodes of this thrilling, long-running British crime drama.
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Every body tells a story: who they were, how they lived, and most importantly, how they died. Silent Witness follows a team of expert pathologists, including Dr Nikki Alexander and Professor Leo Dalton, as they investigate suspicious deaths. In this series the irrepressible Jack Hodgson, a talented forensic scientist, joins the team as head of a new forensics department. Jack joins Nikki as she investigates the murder of a pub landlady. Her husband Roly is the prime suspect, but as Nikki and Jack piece together evidence, inconsistencies lead Nikki to believe Roly is innocent. Elsewhere, Leo, Nikki and Jack find themselves in war-torn Afghanistan to identify a body thought to be that of a British soldier who went missing five years earlier.

Episode 1 – Change Part 1
When John Briggs, a wealthy business owner, is found dead, Nikki works with forensic scientist Jack Hodgson to convince DI Gold it's murder. Leo, warned by the Home Office to rethink the Lyell Centre's operations, helps Nikki prove Briggs died from a mysterious allergic reaction. However, as suited sharks circle to buy Briggs' ailing company, Jack believes someone exploited this allergy to kill.

Episode 2 – Change Part 2
Whilst Nikki, Leo and Jack struggle to ascertain how Deanna was killed and ended up in the Thames, DI Gold focuses on two main suspects in John Briggs' inner circle. However, when Geraldine makes a sinister confession about why she gave her daughter up for adoption and disowned her wealthy family, it dramatically changes the course of the investigation. With the family's skeletons in the closet now exposed for all to see, the future of the ailing company hangs precariously in the balance. But when a third murder victim is found, it gives the team the forensic evidence to unravel the mysterious motives and smoke out the killer.

Episode 3 – Trust Part 1
The case of two young women shot dead in a house basement forces Jack to lock horns with an old flame, the ambitious DI Chrissy Reed. As the pair's animosity rapidly escalates due to their conflicting motive theories and failure to ID the victims, Nikki's probing unearths the potentially career-damaging truth behind it.

Episode 4 – Trust Part 2
As the basement women case highlights two cooperating killers, Nikki, Jack and DI Reed realise one victim was killed by a controlled sedative, stolen from a high-tech vaccine research lab. And suspicion falls on Lucas Ballinger, a scientist who works there. Meanwhile, Leo draws a blank with his theory that Shona's baby died of natural causes, but when he discovers Mark's violent past, Leo fears Shona may have taken the rap for her partner's child abuse.

Episode 5 – True Love Waits Part 1
When a pub landlady is stabbed to death and her little finger cut off, her husband, Roly, is the prime suspect. However, as Nikki, Jack, and emotionally fragile detective, DI Kate Warren, piece together mounting evidence, inconsistences lead Nikki to believe Roly's innocent. And she's desperate to reunite him with his traumatised daughter, Emma, who faces a life in foster care if her father is imprisoned.

Episode 6 – True Love Waits Part 2
When arrested and interrogated by DI Kate Warren, Alan Lane vehemently protests his innocent and insists he never killed his wife Imogen, but when Jack and Nikki fail to get concrete evidence in time to charge him, Lane walks free. However, when the team finally unearth the shocking truth about Imogen's murder, it exposes a web of lies and deceit which puts those connected to the case in imminent danger from the sinister Alan Lane.

Episode 7 – Legacy Part 1
Nikki and Jack are under pressure when a teenager's remains halt an eco-housing project, whilst Leo's trapped in a dangerous hospital siege as distraught Tom Hancock holds a ward at gunpoint to turn off his terminally ill son's life support. Leo agrees to do his son's post-mortem to diffuse the situation, and becomes embroiled in Tom's quest for the truth behind his son's cancerous tumours.

Episode 8 – Legacy Part 2
Whilst Nikki and Jack close the net on Brian Blackburn's troubled son for murdering his co-worker at the eco-housing project, Leo finally finds someone willing to confirm his fear about the mysterious local health hazard. But when his would-be-informant is found murdered, Leo's convinced he was the victim of a government conspiracy to conceal the truth. And during his dogged efforts to expose the cause of the health hazard, Leo begins to suspect that Nikki's new man, Science Minister James Embleton, and his belligerent father, may be linked to a ruthless plot to silence him, which leaves Leo battling alone to seek justice and save future lives.

Episode 9 – Greater Love Part 1
British Army Corporal Scott Lambert requests Leo's expertise in identifying human remains unearthed in Afghanistan, believed to be those of his brother Daniel, who went missing in action five years ago, suspected of being captured by the Taliban. Anxious Leo, Nikki and Jack head for the war-torn country in search of the truth about the soldier's mysterious disappearance.

Episode 10 – Greater Love Part 2
Nikki, Jack and Leo struggle to identify the human remains with only sections of skeleton found and basic forensic facilities, but believe Dan Lambert must have been captured by the Taliban, executed and buried. Whilst Leo grows closer to charity worker Fawzia, Nikki and Jack find and assemble the skull fragments and make an unnerving discovery that challenges their theory of what happened to Dan Lambert.

Additional Information
Format: DVD
Show: Silent Witness
Genre: Mystery
Run Time: 8 1/2 hours
Number of Discs: 3
Region: Region 1
UPC Code : 883929672851
Cast: Starring
William Gaminara as Professor Leo Dalton
Emilia Fox as Dr Nikki Alexander
David Caves as Dr Jack Hodgson
Guest Starring
Sharon Small
Tim Pigott-Smith
Amanda Drew
Ed Stoppard
Christine Bottomley
Christopher Fulford
Penny Downie
Tim Prager, Ed Whitmore and Tracey Malone,
Richard Davidson, Stephen Gallagher,
Jim Keeble and Dudi Appleton
Sharon Bloom
Executive Producer
Phillippa Giles
Editorial Reviews: “Silent Witness has been
going from strength to
strength” Guardian
Episodes: 10
Number of Discs: 3 Discs