Waking the Dead (2000–2011)

Towers of Silence: Part 1 

A mummified body discovered in a derelict airplane in an Arizona scrapyard after seven years has mutilations that match those from another body found in a water tower.


Philippa Langdale


Joe Cozens, Barbara Machin (creator)


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Trevor Eve ... Detective Superintendent Peter Boyd
Sue Johnston ... Dr. Grace Foley
Wil Johnson ... DI Spencer Jordan
Esther Hall Esther Hall ... Dr. Felix Gibson
Georgia Mackenzie ... DS Andrea 'Andy' Stephenson
Claire Goose ... DS Amelia 'Mel' Silver (archive footage)
Nina Wadia ... Roshni Mehta
Gerard Murphy ... James Alcock
David Walliams ... Bell
Sara Stewart ... Claire Yardley
Andrew Havill ... Noel Simmons
Inder Manocha Inder Manocha ... Lakhtal
Emil Marwa Emil Marwa ... Sarosh Mehta
Neran Persaud Neran Persaud ... Nadir Mehta
Paul Bhattacharjee ... Mr. Irani / DCI Chowdray


Following the tragic death of DS Mel Silver, Frankie Wharton has left the Cold Case Unit to return to research. Felix Gibson, a bright, strong and somewhat altruistic pathologist, has stepped into her shoes. But Detective Superintendent Peter Boyd is finding it hard to find a replacement for Mel. In the meantime, DS Andrea Stephenson, who likes to be known as Andy, has been drafted in, on attachment from Kent C.I.D. Six years ago, Andy found a body on top of a water tower in Kent. The case bears similarities to a mummified body discovered on a derelict airplane. Meanwhile, Spencer Jordan goes undercover in prison. His mission is to discover the reasons behind these deaths from the convicted killer, who is too scared to say anything. But the man commits suicide in prison before Spencer can get him to reveal the identity of the true killer. The plane victim's uncle arrives from India to tell the team that his nephew was investigating a corrupt businessman who had been peddling fake ... Written by Anonymous

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Crime | Drama | Mystery








Release Date:

18 September 2005 (UK) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR



Aspect Ratio:

16: 9 Enhanced
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Did You Know?


Sara Stewart (Claire Yardley) & Georgia Mackenzie (DS Andy Stephenson) also appeared in episode 3.1 Unforgotten: Episode #3.1 (2018) of Unforgotten (2015) as Mel Hollis & Dr. Balcombe respectively. See more »


Detective Superintendent Peter Boyd: [to Andy] You know... I know people can find me... a little bit irritating and... on occasion I've been known to be just the teensiest, weensiest bit difficult...
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