Silent Witness

Thu Jan 10, 9-10pm, BBC1

Steve Neaves
Series 16, episode one
The long-running crime thriller returns for a new series, with new actors and new blood. We’re introduced to quick-witted and eager forensic scientist Jack Hodgson (David Caves) in the opening scene – a sweaty cage fight that serves as little more than a chance to glimpse Hodgson with his top off. Meanwhile, in a swanky Canary Wharf hotel room, a confectionery magnate, John Briggs, is dying from a heart attack – or so it seems. Briggs’s daughter Geraldine (Sharon Small) is called in despite having been estranged from her father for 19 years, and it’s here that the story gets a little predictable. Briggs leaves the company to Geraldine, his brother Philip is outraged and Emilia Fox’s pathologist Nikki Alexander is called in to unravel the case with Hodgson. But as textbook as that sounds, stick it out: as so often with ‘Silent Witness, there’s a delectably dark twist at the climax. You may feel sick. You may even cry. But you’re most likely to want to return tomorrow night for the conclusion.

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