Silent Witness (1996– )
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Long Days, Short Nights: Part 1 

When Mark James' decomposing body is found in an abandoned building, there is every indication that he was part of some occult ritual. An upside down cross was carved on his chest, his ... See full summary »

Director:

Mike Barker

Writers:

Nigel McCrery (deviser), Ashley Pharoah
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Emily Mortimer ... Fran
Dominic Mafham ... Mark James
Hannah Cresswell Hannah Cresswell ... Candida
Bill Armstrong Bill Armstrong ... Trevor Stewart (as William Armstrong)
Rebecca Craig Rebecca Craig ... Jenny Stewart
Ruth Gemmell ... Kerry Cox
John McGlynn ... D.I. Tom Adams
Clare Higgins ... Det. Supt. Harriet Farmer
Ronald Pickup ... Dr. Richard Owen
Philip Anthony Philip Anthony ... Vicar
Colin Salmon ... Sebastian Bird
James D'Arcy ... Student
Amanda Burton ... Sam Ryan
Matthew Steer ... Ricky Ryan
Ruth McCabe ... Wyn Ryan
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When Mark James' decomposing body is found in an abandoned building, there is every indication that he was part of some occult ritual. An upside down cross was carved on his chest, his wrists were bound with ivy and he was strangled. All evidence points to his friend Sebastian Bird, a rich idler who allowed James to live in his house but who had also developed a expert knowledge of the occult before being sent down from Cambridge for having had an affair with a professor's wife. Sam Ryan's testy relationship with the police continues as she is having difficulty establishing a forensic link in the case and also for publicly criticizing the well-liked Police Surgeon, Dr. Richard Owen, for attending the crime scene without the proper protective clothing. Sam also has to deal with her rebellious nephew Ricky, who is constantly fighting with his mother and announces that he has left home to move in with her. Written by garykmcd

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Genres:

Crime | Drama | Mystery

Certificate:

TV-14

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 February 1996 (UK) See more »

Filming Locations:

Ealing, London, England, UK See more »

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Runtime:

(2 parts) | (DVD)

Color:

Color
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Graphic Violence
24 January 2019 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

The first half of this episode involves the death of a rather sleazy young man. He has been part of a strange group, led by a rich young man who strikes out at the establishment. He believes that the world is a sellout and he embraces pleasure as the be all and end all. He is a prime suspect because he was involved in an intense encounter with the young man and he was the last to see him alive.


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