History Series / SilentWitness

4th Feb '16 4:22:06 AM talltalltree
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* BritishBrevity: Averted with the show being renewed for a 20th season to air in 2017; however, with only 10 episodes per season, each season is much shorter than an equivalent show in the US.



* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: There is no explanation ever given for Fred Dale's departure after the third season.



* HonourBasedAbuse: One plot strand of "Sins of the Fathers" involved the team investigating a body found inside the wreckage of a Vietnamese restaurant, which was burned down after the man that the owner's daughter was betrothed to found out she wasn't a virgin.

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* HonourBasedAbuse: HonorRelatedAbuse: One plot strand of "Sins of the Fathers" involved the team investigating a body found inside the wreckage of a Vietnamese restaurant, which was burned down after the man that the owner's daughter was betrothed to found out she wasn't a virgin.
4th Feb '16 4:17:54 AM talltalltree
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* HonorBasedAbuse: One plot strand of "Sins of the Fathers" involved the team investigating a body found inside the wreckage of a Vietnamese restaurant, which was burned down after the man that the owner's daughter was betrothed to found out she wasn't a virgin.

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* HonorBasedAbuse: HonourBasedAbuse: One plot strand of "Sins of the Fathers" involved the team investigating a body found inside the wreckage of a Vietnamese restaurant, which was burned down after the man that the owner's daughter was betrothed to found out she wasn't a virgin.


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* {{Retirony}}: In "River's Edge", DCI Malcolm Guillam is murdered a week before he was due to retire.


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* SiblingYinYang: Sam Ryan and her sister Wyn, who lived together in early seasons.
4th Feb '16 4:05:54 AM talltalltree
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* HonorBasedAbuse: One plot strand of "Sins of the Fathers" involved the team investigating a body found inside the wreckage of a Vietnamese restaurant, which was burned down after the man that the owner's daughter was betrothed to found out she wasn't a virgin.
23rd Jan '16 8:08:55 AM talltalltree
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* BetterManhandleTheMurderWeapon: Justified. In "Bloodlines", Harry wakes up in Budapest to notice his girlfriend has been stabbed to death in bed next to him. As he finds the murder weapon , a knife, the murderer comes walking in, causing Harry to take the knife to fend him off. The murderer, in a fit of [[GenreSavvy genre-Savviness]], simply disarms Harry and leaves him behind to be found by the Hungarian cops.

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* BetterManhandleTheMurderWeapon: Justified. In "Bloodlines", Harry wakes up in Budapest to notice his girlfriend has been stabbed to death in bed next to him. As he finds the murder weapon , a knife, the murderer comes walking in, causing Harry to take the knife to fend him off. The murderer, in a fit of [[GenreSavvy genre-Savviness]], genre-savviness]], simply disarms Harry and leaves him behind to be found by the Hungarian cops.


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** In "True Love Waits", a woman has faked her death for over a decade (with the help of her friend, a detective) in order to frame her violent husband for her murder. The detective managed to have him jailed [[NeverFoundTheBody despite there being no body]]. It turns out to be just as well, since the guy is a serial killer, and immediately starts up again once he gets out of jail.
11th Jan '16 8:04:03 AM SilentHunterUK
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Could be considered a UK version of the ''Series/{{CSI}}'' franchise, but lacks its flashiness (although it has elements of the wider investigating role); it also predates it. Like ''WakingTheDead'' (which predates ''Series/{{CSI}}'' as well), it is done in two-parters, with each story shown over two days.

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Could be considered a UK version of the ''Series/{{CSI}}'' franchise, but lacks its flashiness (although it has elements of the wider investigating role); it also predates it. Like ''WakingTheDead'' (which predates ''Series/{{CSI}}'' as well), it is done in two-parters, with each story shown over two days.
days in the same week.


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* IdiotBall: Frequently taken by the scientists, doing things like confronting suspects on their own... and just as frequently taken by the cops of the week.
17th Apr '15 8:59:26 PM nombretomado
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Could be considered a UK version of the ''{{CSI}}'' franchise, but lacks its flashiness (although it has elements of the wider investigating role); it also predates it. Like ''WakingTheDead'' (which predates ''{{CSI}}'' as well), it is done in two-parters, with each story shown over two days.

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Could be considered a UK version of the ''{{CSI}}'' ''Series/{{CSI}}'' franchise, but lacks its flashiness (although it has elements of the wider investigating role); it also predates it. Like ''WakingTheDead'' (which predates ''{{CSI}}'' ''Series/{{CSI}}'' as well), it is done in two-parters, with each story shown over two days.



* PoliceAreUseless: The forensics team ends up straying from their brief into other law enforcement roles. Typically the police get it wrong and impede the team until the last minute. When either the crim or the pathologist is cornered: here comes TheCavalry! Unlike [[{{CSI}} CSI]], these guys are really not cops period, but that doesn't stop anything.

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* PoliceAreUseless: The forensics team ends up straying from their brief into other law enforcement roles. Typically the police get it wrong and impede the team until the last minute. When either the crim or the pathologist is cornered: here comes TheCavalry! Unlike [[{{CSI}} CSI]], ''Series/{{CSI}}'', these guys are really not cops period, but that doesn't stop anything.
24th Jan '15 8:17:26 AM talltalltree
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** Also averted by Jack, as Harry's SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute.
24th Jan '15 8:13:08 AM talltalltree
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* DontSplitUsUp: A major plot thread of the episode "Protection" is a teenage boy trying to reunite his siblings who were separated by social services, and prevent the youngest from being adopted.



* PleaseDontSplitUsUp: A major plot thread of the episode "Protection" is a teenage boy trying to reunite his siblings who were separated by social services, and prevent the youngest from being adopted.
24th Jan '15 8:09:50 AM talltalltree
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* PleaseDontSplitUsUp: A major plot thread of the episode "Protection" is a teenage boy trying to reunite his siblings who were separated by social services, and prevent the youngest from being adopted.
6th Nov '14 8:14:26 AM JediVulcan
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* BuffySpeak: With regards to their chosen profession, Harry, Nikki and Leo are usually very eloquent and specific. However, explaining things to the detectives they work with (and, by extension, the viewer) sometimes necessitates simpler language. That, and they don't know everything.
--> '''Harry:''' It's a data thing.
--> '''DC Salch:''' Yeah. It's a micro SD card; from a phone.



* DrivenToSuicide: Harry's dad suffered from severe, chronic depression and killed himself when Harry was 11. [[spoiler: In "Run", a family friend (who had an affair with Harry's mum) also committed suicide in the same way, although in his case it was because he had been diagnosed with incurable pancreatic cancer.]] Also one of the many possible reasons for the body-of-the-week.



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