This series is an outgrowth of "Waking the Dead", set in an eponymous "body farm", where Tara Fitzgerald and her assistants forensically study the effects of decay on human corpses (Fitzgerald would be depicted in the same environment, on occasion, in "Waking the Dead"). "Waking the Dead" had cleverly written, if wildly improbable, stories, held up by excellent acting from Trevor Eve and Tara Fitzgerald, among others. Trevor Eve is too old, now that he's north of sixty, plausibly to pretend to be a police officer, most of whom retire long before that. As the other major acting draw in the original series, Tara Fitzgerald was the obvious focus for any attempt to keep the storyline going. She is an outstanding actress (as Monica Jones, with Hugh Bonneville as Philip Larkin, she was astonishing; typically, the BBC has seen no reason to release THAT performance on DVD), but she has to work with the material she has - and whoever wrote this series certainly wasn't Shakespeare. The problems with "The Body Farm" are incredibly bad writing and feeble characterization. Fitzgerald is meant to carry over her character from "Waking the Dead", which isn't much use, if you've never seen "Waking the Dead"; at any rate, she is the one character who seems to be written in two and a half dimensions. Keith Allen is an identikit Plod: sardonic, always at least one clue short of a pair, entirely dependent on the out-of-the-box thinkers. Then there is a female character, who works with Fitzgerald and seems sane, and a male character, who works for Fitzgerald and is self-evidently bonkers. I can understand that working in a place which studies putrefying bodies could send a man mad, but this character seems to be written as The Eccentric Genius (cliche alert!!), except that he's not much of a genius, more of a village idiot.
I am sure that all of the actors involved here deserve better material than this rubbish. Tara Fitzgerald certainly does.