History Series / SilentWitness

9th Jun '18 1:32:28 AM Stevebob
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British [[ForensicDrama crime/forensic series]], running from 1996 onwards, [[LongRunner now in its twenty-first series]], making it the fourth oldest currently airing crime drama in the world and the longest that isn't German (''Series/{{Tatort}}'' is the winner, the German show having run since 1970).

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British [[ForensicDrama crime/forensic series]], running from 1996 onwards, [[LongRunner now in its twenty-first series]], onwards]], making it the fourth oldest currently airing crime drama in the world and the longest that isn't German (''Series/{{Tatort}}'' is the winner, the German show having run since 1970).
23rd May '18 3:11:24 PM Stevebob
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** [[spoiler: Harry Cunningham]], who is revealed to have left to accept a new job in New York at the beginning of [[spoiler: Season 16]].
** [[spoiler: Sam Ryan]], who returns to her home country to be with her [[spoiler: long lost son at the beginning of Season 8]].
** [[spoiler: Janet Mander]], who apparently moved away after [[spoiler: Leo breaks up with her in Season 15]].

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** [[spoiler: Harry Cunningham]], Cunningham, who is revealed to have left to accept a new job in New York at the beginning of [[spoiler: Season 16]].
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** [[spoiler: Sam Ryan]], Ryan, who returns to her home country to be with her [[spoiler: long lost son son]] at the beginning of Season 8]].
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** [[spoiler: Janet Mander]], Mander, who apparently moved away after [[spoiler: Leo breaks up with her in Season 15]].15.



*** Considering how long its been since most of these characters have been seen or even mentioned (in [[spoiler: Sam's]] case, over ten years), it could be considered a LongBusTrip.

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*** Considering how long its been since most of these characters have been seen or even mentioned (in [[spoiler: Sam's]] Sam's case, over ten years), it could be considered a LongBusTrip.
23rd May '18 3:06:41 PM Stevebob
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** ''Two'' families in "Protection". The family of the missing girl, Lizzie, consist of a very dysfunctional estranged couple who are borderline abusive to each other and let their kid witness it all. [[spoiler: It gets worse when it turns out that the parents have been keeping poor Lizzie hidden this whole time after finding out she'd been sexually abused and accidentally killed her attacker' their reasoning being [[ItsAllAboutMe they didn't want her to be taken off them]]]]. The other family has three kids that have been taken into care against the will, with the eldest child Kevin [[DontSplitUsUp trying desperately to keep them altogether]]. His grandfather reveals the reason they're in care is because [[spoiler: his younger sister got pregnant after being raped and they believe his stepfather, whom his mother refused to leave, is responsible]]. And then, it turns out [[spoiler: the real rapist is the grandfather ''himself''. And as if that weren't bad enough, he raped his daughter too...and is Kevin's father ''as well'' as his grandfather]].

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** ''Two'' families in "Protection". The family of the missing girl, Lizzie, consist of a very dysfunctional estranged couple who are borderline abusive to each other and let their kid witness it all. [[spoiler: It gets worse when it turns out that the parents have been keeping poor Lizzie hidden this whole time after finding out she'd been sexually abused and accidentally killed her attacker' attacker, their reasoning being [[ItsAllAboutMe they didn't want her to be taken off them]]]]. The other family has three kids that have been taken into care against the will, with the eldest child Kevin [[DontSplitUsUp trying desperately to keep them altogether]]. His grandfather reveals the reason they're in care is because [[spoiler: his younger sister got pregnant after being raped and they believe his stepfather, whom his mother refused to leave, is responsible]]. And then, it turns out [[spoiler: the real rapist is the grandfather ''himself''. And as if that weren't bad enough, he raped his daughter too...and is Kevin's father ''as well'' as his grandfather]].



* BritishBrevity: Averted with the show running for ''two decades and counting''; however, with only around 10 episodes per season, each season is much shorter than an equivalent show in the US.

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* BritishBrevity: Averted with the show running for ''two two decades and counting''; counting; however, with only around 10 episodes per season, each season is much shorter than an equivalent show in the US.
23rd May '18 3:05:54 PM Stevebob
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* BritishBrevity: Averted with the show being renewed for a 20th season to air in 2017; however, with only around 10 episodes per season, each season is much shorter than an equivalent show in the US.

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* BritishBrevity: Averted with the show being renewed running for a 20th season to air in 2017; ''two decades and counting''; however, with only around 10 episodes per season, each season is much shorter than an equivalent show in the US.
28th Feb '18 3:54:08 PM StarSword
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* PowerfulPeopleAreSubs: In "Change", the BodyOfTheWeek is a wealthy CEO whose secretary tries to cover up that he liked being tied up, gagged and whipped in the bedroom to avoid tarnishing his reputation.
10th Jan '18 3:20:34 PM Stevebob
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British [[ForensicDrama crime/forensic series]], running from 1996 onwards, [[LongRunner now in its twentieth series]], making it the fourth oldest currently airing crime drama in the world and the longest that isn't German (''Series/{{Tatort}}'' is the winner, the German show having run since 1970).

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British [[ForensicDrama crime/forensic series]], running from 1996 onwards, [[LongRunner now in its twentieth twenty-first series]], making it the fourth oldest currently airing crime drama in the world and the longest that isn't German (''Series/{{Tatort}}'' is the winner, the German show having run since 1970).



* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler: Kerry and Leo]]

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* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler: Kerry Kerry]] and [[spoiler: Leo]]



* LongRunner: Recently aired it's 20th season.

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* LongRunner: Recently aired it's 20th season.It's run for over twenty seasons since 1996.
31st Oct '17 3:12:39 AM Stevebob
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* {{Fanservice}}: Jack gets to take his shirt off on several occasions (often justified in that cage fighters often fight shirtless, but still).



* {{Fanservice}}: Jack gets to take his shirt off on several occasions (often justified in that cage fighters often fight shirtless, but still).



* {{Foil}}: Sam Ryan and Nikki Alexander, who replaced the former as the main female character on the show. Sam starts out as an[[SeenItAll experienced]], [[IceQueen somewhat cynical pathologist]] who [[SugarAndIcePersonality doesn't always play nicely with others but has a softer side]], whilst Nikki starts out a newly qualified pathologist, is somewhat idealistic and [[TheHeart wears her heart on her sleeve]], who gradually [[OlderAndWiser becomes thicker-skinned]].

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* {{Foil}}: Sam Ryan and Nikki Alexander, who replaced the former as the main female character on the show. Sam starts out as an[[SeenItAll an [[SeenItAll experienced]], [[IceQueen somewhat cynical pathologist]] cynical]] pathologist who [[SugarAndIcePersonality doesn't always play nicely with others but has a softer side]], whilst Nikki starts out as a [[NaiveNewcomer newly qualified qualified]] pathologist, is somewhat idealistic [[WideEyedIdealist idealistic]] and [[TheHeart wears her heart on her sleeve]], who gradually [[OlderAndWiser becomes thicker-skinned]].



* HugeGuyTinyGirl: A platonic example with Clarissa and Jack. Clarissa (Liz Carr) is under 5ft and looks even shorter at times due to using a wheelchair, whilst Jack (David Caves) is over 6ft and quite muscular.

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* HugeGuyTinyGirl: A platonic example with Clarissa and Jack. Clarissa (Liz Carr) is under 5ft and looks even shorter at times due to using a wheelchair, whilst Jack (David Caves) is over 6ft and quite muscular. A more downplayed example is Jack and Nikki; she's almost a foot shorter, though because she often wears heels she doesn't look it. Jack makes a point of calling her "shorty" when she takes her heels off in one episode to carry out a height experiment relating to the current case.



* InfantImmortality: Averted, big time. If a kid goes missing on this show, there's no guarantee they'll turn up alive and well, and they don't shy away from depicting autopsies of children, either. Not even the main characters are safe: [[spoiler: Leo's daughter Cassie is killed in a car accident alongside her mother in Season 9]]. One notable case where it's played straight is [[spoiler: Season 18's "Protection"]], where the missing child is found alive after two episodes of searching, even though half the characters had given her up for dead.



* SerialKiller: Usually features at least one per season.



* WhamEpisode: "Greater Love Part 2", the final episode of Series 16. The mystery's been solved, people are setting up to celebrate the completion of the well, the protagonists are preparing to head back home and Fawzia, Leo's new LoveInterest, is considering coming back with them, giving Leo another shot at happiness. Then [[spoiler:[[TeamDad Leo]]]] spots [[spoiler:the brainwashed soldier]] lurking in the crowds and discovers he's [[spoiler: wearing an explosive vest, set to go off at any minute.]] Knowing there's no time to do anything else, he begins dragging him as far away as possible. And then, [[spoiler: the bomb goes off ''[[KilledOffForReal killing Leo]]'']]. And just in case you weren't certain [[spoiler:he was dead, the next shot is Nikki sitting alone in a plane, [[HeroicBSOD staring into space]], with a coffin in front of her]]. [[spoiler: Whilst the main characters had had several near-misses, they were usually saved in the nick of time and the other regularly killed off characters were guest characters. Not since the first series, when Kerry was killed in a freak accident, had a ''major'' [[NothingIsTheSameAnymore character been killed]]]].

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* WhamEpisode: "Greater Love Part 2", the final episode of Series 16. The mystery's been solved, people are setting up to celebrate the completion of the well, the protagonists are preparing to head back home and Fawzia, Leo's new LoveInterest, is considering coming back with them, giving Leo another shot at happiness. Then [[spoiler:[[TeamDad Leo]]]] [[spoiler:Leo]] spots [[spoiler:the brainwashed soldier]] lurking in the crowds and discovers he's [[spoiler: wearing an explosive vest, set to go off at any minute.]] Knowing there's no time to do anything else, he begins dragging him as far away as possible. And then, [[spoiler: the bomb goes off ''[[KilledOffForReal killing Leo]]'']]. And just in case you weren't certain [[spoiler:he was dead, the next shot is Nikki sitting alone in a plane, [[HeroicBSOD staring into space]], with a coffin in front of her]]. [[spoiler: Whilst the main characters had had several near-misses, they were usually saved in the nick of time and the other regularly killed off characters were guest characters. Not since the first series, when Kerry was killed in a freak accident, had a ''major'' [[NothingIsTheSameAnymore character been killed]]]].killed]]]].
* WillTheyOrWontThey: Nikki and Harry, almost from the moment Nikki joined the show. They kept it up right up until Series 16 [[note]]that's around eight years of UnresolvedSexualTension, in all[[/note]], which actually saw Harry ''moving in with her'' (though it was only temporary after [[ItMakesSenseInContext his flat got blown up]]). Sadly for Nikki/Harry shippers, they never do get together on-screen and seeing as [[spoiler: Harry moved to America]], it's extremely unlikely they ever will. Nikki and Jack seem to headed towards this trope now, as well.
31st Oct '17 2:38:08 AM Stevebob
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* UnnaturallyBlueLighting is used regularly, particularly in pathology scenes. Partially this is an exercise in fashion and style: many contemporary British dramas were also using the technique. In the pathology scenes, the lighting increases the cold, clinical and confronting atmosphere.

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4th Oct '17 4:26:20 PM Stevebob
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*** The family is a ‘blended’ one, consisting of a married couple, the husband's son from his previous marriage which ended in [[TheLostLenore his wife’s death]], the wife's daughter from a previous marriage that ended in divorce (though [[AmicableExes she, the ex and her new husbands are all still friends, having known each other for years]]), and the new couple’s baby daughter. Everything seems hunky dory…until one day the wife reveals to the husband that [[spoiler: [[MamasBabyPapasMaybe his son isn’t biologically his]] but ''her ex’s'' due to him [[YourCheatingHeart having an affair with his dead wife]]. Why did she tell him this? Because she recently found out that [[SurpriseIncest her daughter and stepson were sleeping together]], being under the impression they were [[FlirtyStepsiblings just stepsiblings]]. The husband [[UnderStatement doesn’t take this well]] and proceeds to ''murder'' his wife and stepdaughter and tries to murder his son (he barely survives and winds up in a coma), leading to the events of the episode. When it comes out that the husband is the killer, he reveals he even considered murdering his [[WouldHurtAChild baby daughter]], but decided not to because she was actually biologically his and “his future”…even though because he got caught, [[AllForNothing he’s going to prison for the rest of his life and will probably never see his daughter again]]. The teen son wakes up from his coma: hurray! Only, now the ex (his real father) has the [[SarcasmMode delightful]] job of telling him just why he’s been in a coma and the rest of his family have been brutally killed]]. And even before the murders [[spoiler: and the accidental incest]], the family wasn’t exactly stable, what with [[spoiler: the affairs]], the fact that the wife is implied to [[AlwaysSomeoneBetter be jealous of her husband’s dead first wife and feels he constantly compares them]] and the 'little' incident at a party a few years before the murders, where she briefly planted a kiss on [[HotScientist Harry]] whilst her husband was in the next room.
** ''Two'' families in "Protection". The family of the missing girl, Lizzie, consist of a very dysfunctional estranged couple who are borderline abusive to each other and let their kid witness it all. [[spoiler: It gets worse when it turns out that the parents have been keeping poor Lizzie hidden this whole time after finding out she'd been sexually abused and accidentally killed her attacker' their reasoning being [[ItsAllAboutMe they didn't want her to be taken off them]]]]. The other family has three kids that have been taken into care against the will, with the eldest boy Kevin [[DontSplitUsUp trying desperately to keep them altogether]]. His grandfather reveals the reason they're in care is because [[spoiler: his younger sister got pregnant after being raped and they believe his stepfather, whom his mother refused to leave, is responsible]]. And then, it turns out [[spoiler: the real rapist is the grandfather ''himself''. And as if that weren't bad enough, he raped his daughter too...and is Kevin's father ''as well'' as his grandfather]].

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*** The family is a ‘blended’ one, consisting of a married couple, the husband's son from his previous marriage which ended in [[TheLostLenore his wife’s death]], the wife's daughter from a previous marriage that ended in divorce (though [[AmicableExes she, the ex and her new husbands are all still friends, having known each other for years]]), and the new couple’s baby daughter. Everything seems hunky dory…until one day the wife reveals to the husband that [[spoiler: [[MamasBabyPapasMaybe his son isn’t biologically his]] but ''her ex’s'' due to him [[YourCheatingHeart having an affair with his dead wife]]. Why did she tell him this? Because she recently found out that [[SurpriseIncest her daughter and stepson were sleeping together]], being under the impression they were [[FlirtyStepsiblings just stepsiblings]]. The husband [[UnderStatement doesn’t take this well]] and proceeds to ''murder'' his wife and stepdaughter and tries to murder his son (he barely survives and winds up in a coma), coma)]], leading to the events of the episode. When [[spoiler:When it comes out that the husband is the killer, he reveals he even considered murdering his [[WouldHurtAChild baby daughter]], but decided not to because she was actually biologically his and “his future”…even though because he got caught, [[AllForNothing he’s going to prison for the rest of his life and will probably never see his daughter again]]. The teen son wakes up from his coma: hurray! Only, now the ex (his real father) has the [[SarcasmMode delightful]] job of telling him just why he’s been in a coma and the rest of his family have been brutally killed]]. And even before the murders [[spoiler: and the accidental incest]], the family wasn’t exactly stable, what with [[spoiler: the affairs]], the fact that the wife is implied to [[AlwaysSomeoneBetter be jealous of her husband’s dead first wife and feels he constantly compares them]] and the 'little' incident at a party a few years before the murders, where she briefly planted a kiss on [[HotScientist Harry]] whilst her husband was in the next room.
** ''Two'' families in "Protection". The family of the missing girl, Lizzie, consist of a very dysfunctional estranged couple who are borderline abusive to each other and let their kid witness it all. [[spoiler: It gets worse when it turns out that the parents have been keeping poor Lizzie hidden this whole time after finding out she'd been sexually abused and accidentally killed her attacker' their reasoning being [[ItsAllAboutMe they didn't want her to be taken off them]]]]. The other family has three kids that have been taken into care against the will, with the eldest boy child Kevin [[DontSplitUsUp trying desperately to keep them altogether]]. His grandfather reveals the reason they're in care is because [[spoiler: his younger sister got pregnant after being raped and they believe his stepfather, whom his mother refused to leave, is responsible]]. And then, it turns out [[spoiler: the real rapist is the grandfather ''himself''. And as if that weren't bad enough, he raped his daughter too...and is Kevin's father ''as well'' as his grandfather]].
4th Oct '17 4:24:15 PM Stevebob
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*** The family is a ‘blended’ one, consisting of the married couple, his son from his previous marriage which ended in [[TheLostLenore his wife’s death]], her daughter from a previous marriage that ended in divorce (though [[AmicableExes she, the ex and her new husbands are all still friends, having known each other for years]]), and the new couple’s baby daughter. Everything seems hunky dory…until one day the wife reveals to the husband that [[spoiler: [[MamasBabyPapasMaybe his son isn’t biologically his]] but ''her ex’s'' due to him [[YourCheatingHeart having an affair with his dead wife]]. Why did she tell him this? Because she recently found out that [[SurpriseIncest her daughter and stepson were sleeping together]], being under the impression they were [[FlirtyStepsiblings just stepsiblings]]. The husband [[UnderStatement doesn’t take this well]] and proceeds to ''murder'' his wife and stepdaughter and tries to murder his son (he barely survives and winds up in a coma), leading to the events of the episode. When it comes out that the husband is the killer, he reveals he even considered murdering his [[WouldHurtAChild baby daughter]], but decided not to because she was actually biologically his and “his future”…even though because he got caught, [[AllForNothing he’s going to prison for the rest of his life and will probably never see his daughter again]]. The teen son wakes up from his coma: hurray! Only, now the ex (his real father) has the [[SarcasmMode delightful]] job of telling him just why he’s been in a coma and the rest of his family have been brutally killed]]. And even before the murders [[spoiler: and the accidental incest]], the family wasn’t exactly stable, what with [[spoiler: the affairs]], the fact that the wife is implied to [[AlwaysSomeoneBetter be jealous of her husband’s dead first wife and feels he constantly compares them]] and the 'little' incident at a party a few years before the murders, where she briefly planted a kiss on [[HotScientist Harry]] whilst her husband was in the next room.

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*** The family is a ‘blended’ one, consisting of the a married couple, his the husband's son from his previous marriage which ended in [[TheLostLenore his wife’s death]], her the wife's daughter from a previous marriage that ended in divorce (though [[AmicableExes she, the ex and her new husbands are all still friends, having known each other for years]]), and the new couple’s baby daughter. Everything seems hunky dory…until one day the wife reveals to the husband that [[spoiler: [[MamasBabyPapasMaybe his son isn’t biologically his]] but ''her ex’s'' due to him [[YourCheatingHeart having an affair with his dead wife]]. Why did she tell him this? Because she recently found out that [[SurpriseIncest her daughter and stepson were sleeping together]], being under the impression they were [[FlirtyStepsiblings just stepsiblings]]. The husband [[UnderStatement doesn’t take this well]] and proceeds to ''murder'' his wife and stepdaughter and tries to murder his son (he barely survives and winds up in a coma), leading to the events of the episode. When it comes out that the husband is the killer, he reveals he even considered murdering his [[WouldHurtAChild baby daughter]], but decided not to because she was actually biologically his and “his future”…even though because he got caught, [[AllForNothing he’s going to prison for the rest of his life and will probably never see his daughter again]]. The teen son wakes up from his coma: hurray! Only, now the ex (his real father) has the [[SarcasmMode delightful]] job of telling him just why he’s been in a coma and the rest of his family have been brutally killed]]. And even before the murders [[spoiler: and the accidental incest]], the family wasn’t exactly stable, what with [[spoiler: the affairs]], the fact that the wife is implied to [[AlwaysSomeoneBetter be jealous of her husband’s dead first wife and feels he constantly compares them]] and the 'little' incident at a party a few years before the murders, where she briefly planted a kiss on [[HotScientist Harry]] whilst her husband was in the next room.
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