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Encyclopedia > Waking the Dead (TV series)
Waking the Dead

The Waking the Dead logo, as seen in the opening title sequence.
Genre Police Procedural
Created by Barbara Machin
Starring Trevor Eve
Sue Johnston
Tara Fitzgerald
Wil Johnson
Félicité Du Jeu
Country of origin Flag of United Kingdom United Kingdom
No. of episodes 31 (as of 19 February 2007)
Production
Running time approx. 1 hour (per part)
Broadcast
Original channel BBC One
Original run September 4, 2000 – present
External links
Official website
IMDb profile

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The pilot episode was transmitted in September 2000 and there have been a total of six series, with the latest concluding in February 2007. Each story is split into two hour-long episodes, normally shown in the evening of consecutive days on BBC One. A third series episode won an International Emmy Award in 2004. The programme is also shown on BBC America in the United States as well as the Nine Network in Australia, though the BBC America showings are edited to allow for more commercials. A television pilot is the first episode of an intended television series. ... BBC One is the primary television channel of the BBC, and the first in the United Kingdom. ... Emmy Award The Emmy Awards are United States television production awards, similar to the Peabody Awards but more focused on entertainment, and are considered the TV equivalent of the Oscars. ... BBC America is an American television network, owned and operated by BBC Worldwide, which was launched on March 29, 1998, available on both cable and satellite. ... The Nine Network, or Channel Nine, is an Australian television network, available in major markets across Australia. ...


The first four series have been released on region 2 DVD and the first also on region 1. The programme's official website states a seventh series is currently being filmed, but no transmission dates have been set.

Contents

Plot

The programme follows the work of a special police team who investigate "cold cases", usually murders that took place a number of years ago and were never solved. The team uses evidence which has just come to light, as well as modern technology to examine previous evidence. Trevor Eve portrays the workaholic and often eccentric Peter Boyd around whom plotlines are often centered. As the series has progressed, storylines have focused on the personal lives of the characters as well as the criminal investigations (for example, Boyd's temper control in "Anger Management"). Trevor Eve (b. ...


Characters

Main characters

  • Detective Superintendent Peter Boyd (Trevor Eve) — The head of the Cold Case Unit, Boyd has a unique style of policing (not least shouting at and physically assaulting suspects in the interview room). His involvement in the CCU stems from the unexplained disappearance of his young son in the 1990s.[1] Though sometimes appearing detached, Boyd is close to his team, particularly Mel Silver, whose death still haunts him two years later. He mentioned in series 1 he was married but no explanation to what happened. Another aspect of Boyd's character which has occasionally compromised his impartiality is his weakness for attractive women, at least one of whom turned out to be implicated in a murder investigated by the team.
  • Psychological profiler Dr. Grace Foley (Sue Johnston) — Grace has nearly 30 years experience in her field, originally entering the force as forensic profiler. Her presence on the Unit provides a rational counter to Boyd's dogmatic and somewhat unorthodox methods but she enjoys a close working relationship with him, often engaging in witty banter with him. In series 1 she says that "she has kids to go home to...."
  • Detective Inspector Spencer Jordan (Wil Johnson) — Spencer works closely alongside Boyd in many cases, often joining him in "good-cop-bad-cop" routines in the interview room. Before joining the CCU, Spencer worked for the Atomic Energy Constabulary. His partner from that job shot him in "Cold Fusion". After he had returned to work and his wound had healed, he got a tattoo around the scar, which Grace suggested was a way of coping with the ordeal.
  • Detective Sergeant Stella Goodman (Félicité du Jeu, 2005 – present) — Stella joined the CCU as the permanent replacement for Mel in "Black Run" and became good friends with Spencer. Boyd was initially hostile towards her but eventually came to accept her. This trust was betrayed in "Cold Fusion" when it was revealed she had been (unwittingly) sending information on the Unit to her godfather. By the beginning of "Wren Boys", the team's confidence in her seemed to be fully restored.
  • Forensic Pathologist Eve Lockhart (Tara Fitzgerald, 2007) — Eve took over the lab from Felix and was already firmly entrenched in her work at the beginning of "Wren Boys", her first episode. Eve's career has allowed her to accumulate a body farm bringing a unique approach to her work.

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Former characters

  • Detective Sergeant Amelia "Mel" Silver[2] (Claire Goose, 2000 – 2004) — Much like Grace, Mel freely questions Boyd if she believes he is looking in the wrong direction in a case. She was close to everyone on the team, especially Frankie. She was killed in "Shadowplay" and appeared in archive footage in "Towers of Silence". In the sixth series, her death came back to haunt the Cold Case Unit with a mysterious pendant being sent to the office, with the sender claiming it belonged to Mel. It subsequently emerged that she was secretly working on a case with an American 'war' expert, this is explained in 'Yahrzeit'.
  • Forensic pathologist and scientist Frankie Wharton (Holly Aird, 2000 – 2004) — Frankie took a conscientious approach to her job and was good friends with Mel. After Mel's death, Frankie left the CCU to return to research. Actress Holly Aird left the programme due to her pregnancy.
  • Forensic pathologist and scientist Felix Gibson (Esther Hall, 2005) — Felix took over the lab after Frankie's departure and, like her predecessor, would leave the office to join her colleagues in the field. She was an employee of the Home Office, and would not hesitate to stand-up to Boyd. Esther Hall played the role for one series before leaving. It is currently unknown why the character left.
  • Detective Sergeant Andrea Stephenson (Georgia Mackenzie, 2005) — Appeared in "Towers of Silence". She was drafted into the unit from Kent CID because she had previously investigated a case linked to the one the team reopened in that story.

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Episodes

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Series One (broadcast 2001)

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Production

  • Director of Photography series III -VII : Mike Spragg
  • Producer series III - V : Richard Burrell
  • Producer series VI-VII  : Colin Wratten

Ratings

The first series secured strong ratings, with "Burn Out, part 1" receiving 8.4m viewers and a 38% share.[3] Persistently high ratings meant the programme was recommissioned each year for either the summer or winter schedule.


The 2007 series began with strong ratings, with "Wren Boys, part 1" achieving 9.2m viewers and a 35.2% share.[4] The second part dropped to 8.6m but still gained a 33% share.[5]


Awards and nominations

Following the successful transmission of the third series and an International Emmy Award nomination, a further two series were commissioned with the episode numbers expanded from four to six.[6] Waking the Dead won an International Emmy Award the following year for "Multistorey" written by Ed Whitmore and directed by Bob Bierman.[7] Emmy Award The Emmy Awards are United States television production awards, similar to the Peabody Awards but more focused on entertainment, and are considered the TV equivalent of the Oscars. ...


DVD releases

The first series was released on region 2 by BBC DVD and from series 2 onwards under the 2 Entertain brand. Region 1 is distributed by BBC Video and region 4 by Roadshow.

DVD name Release dates
Region 2 Region 1 Region 4
The Complete Series One & Pilot September 12, 2005 October 24, 2006 March 2, 2006
The Complete Series Two June 26, 2006 TBA TBA
The Complete Series Three September 25, 2006 TBA TBA
The Complete Series Four January 29, 2007 TBA TBA
The Complete Series Five September 10, 2007 TBA TBA

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International Broadcasters

Country TV Network(s)
Flag of Singapore Singapore BBC Entertainment
Flag of Thailand Thailand BBC Entertainment
Flag of Croatia Croatia Croatian Radiotelevision (HRT)
Template:Country data Holland Holland KRO Television
Flag of Israel Israel BBC Prime

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Notes and references

  1. ^ Boyd's family was retconned. In the pilot he was married, with a young baby. In the series he is a single man with a missing adolescent son.
  2. ^ Mel Silverman in the pilot.
  3. ^ Digital Spy author (2001-06-22) Feltz return grabs 4m, Digital Spy, retrieved 2007-01-06
  4. ^ Waking the Dead returns to BBC1 with 9.2m, Broadcast Now (subscription required), retrieved 2007-01-10
  5. ^ Waking the Dead rouses 8.6m, Broadcast Now (subscription required), retrieved 2007-01-10
  6. ^ Wilkes, Neil (2003-11-04) 'Waking the Dead' gets two new series, Digital Spy, retrieved 2007-01-06
  7. ^ BBC News (2004-11-23) UK sweep up at global Emmy Awards, bbc.co.uk, retrieved 2007-01-06

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External links

Official websites

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