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Silent Witness : Complete BBC Series 1 [1996] [DVD]

Amanda Burton , Richard Signy , Mike Barker    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Amanda Burton
  • Directors: Richard Signy, Mike Barker, Ben Bolt (II), David Thacker, Coky Giedroyc
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: 2 Entertain Video
  • DVD Release Date: 24 July 2006
  • Run Time: 400 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000F3T8YQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,266 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

A compelling contemporary series which uses a unique blend of crime mystery, science and detection. Forensic pathologist Dr Sam Ryan has an all-embracing, passionate notion of justice which quite often does not accord with the police’s objective of getting a conviction. This can lead to trouble, both in her personal and professional lives, but to Sam, each dead body deserves nothing but the truth. This series tackles child murder, ritual killing, a murder in the police cells and an arranged marriage which leads Sam to confront her own demons.

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2.4 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital Stereo ), English ( Subtitles ), SPECIAL FEATURES: 2-DVD Set, Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: Silent Witness is an acclaimed BBC thriller series, focusing on a team of forensic experts and their investigations into various crimes. First broadcast in 1996, the twelfth series was broadcast from 1 October - 6 November 2008. The series was created by Nigel McCrery, a former murder squad detective in Nottingham. He later went on to create the hit series New Tricks with Roy Mitchell. The series was based on Prof. Helen Witwell, a forensic pathologist based in Sheffield, whom McCrery had known while serving as a police officer. Season 1 Season 1, Episode 1: Buried Lies: Part 1 Season 1, Episode 2: Buried Lies: Part 2 Season 1, Episode 3: Long Days, Short Nights: Part 1 Season 1, Episode 4: Long Days, Short Nights: Part 2 Season 1, Episode 5: Darkness Visible: Part 1 Season 1, Episode 6: Darkness Visible: Part 2 Season 1, Episode 7: Sins of the Fathers: Part 1 Season 1, Episode 8: Sins of the Fathers: Part 2 SCREENED/AWARDED AT: Edgar Allan Poe Awards, ...Silent Witness - Series 1 - 2-DVD Set ( Silent Witness - Series One )


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44 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent start to an excellent series 13 Sep 2007
By David VINE VOICE
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
What a great series Silent Witness is and it is still going strong. In fact I watched an episode of the new series last night. This 2 disk dvd contains the first series.
The first story Buried Lies is a strong start and introduces us to Dr Sam Ryan played by Amanda Burton. The plot concerns the death of a young girl who is thought to have fallen from a swing and drowned, Sam has other ideas.
Next up is Long Days, Short Night. This was the first episode I ever watched and features Colin Salmon (Tomorrow Never Dies)as a man suspected of a ritual killing.
Ken Stott stars in the next episode Darkness Visible. Sam investigates a custody death in a police cell. Could there be a cover up ?
The final story Sins Of The Fathers is about a charred body found in a Vietnamese restaurant.
All in all an excellent start to a great series. The supporting cast in this series John McGlynn and Clare Higgins give very good performances. Let us hope that the rest of the series is released soon.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great to see again 17 Feb 2011
By talmy
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Here in the USA Silent Witness was shown on the "Arts and Entertainment" cable network. However A&E has changed their focus and no longer has British imports. Likewise BBC America is a sham. I had a couple episodes taped way back when, but had no way of watching this again, or later seasons, until I got the bright idea of importing them myself!

These episodes hold up well with the years, and are better than I remembered. I'll certainly be buying later series as I get through what I've already bought.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a classic - easy to see why 18 Feb 2007
By Amelrode TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
Silent Witness is a long-running British television thriller series made by the BBC's in-house Drama Serials production department. Each new case is original, well constructed and thoughtfully presented, addressing specific and often controversial issues. Unlike some American drama, the focus is on the storyline and character development. The stories are told with care, in detail, with real empathy, unlike the quick, crude, flashy effects in many series. They are challenging - plots and subplots intertwine cleverly, meaning it's not a "background" show, but one which is completely consuming for the viewer.

The theme music for Silent Witness is a song called "Silencium" by John Harle sticks in one's ears.

I enjoyed the understated, but powerful performance of the "hero" Amada Burton, complemented by the other member of the casts.

All in all, I really did immensely enjoy the first series.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Series 26 Sep 2011
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Nice series, gets better as its gets further in though so if this is your first sight of Silent Witness then expect it to get better.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great British TV 4 Feb 2011
By Rhumpus
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Its old - mobile phones were not everywhere - but human nature hasn't altered - great characters and great stories but not too closely related to the latest (13th?) series - will be buying them all!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
I purchased this for my husband but I really enjoy this series also. We both love the detail that goes into finding out the cause of death and of course the fact that Sam (Amanda Burton)Always manages to handle the cops who always are more often than not quick to draw a conclusion about a death forgetting she is the expert in her field yet they still question her judgement at times. But she stands up to them and proves she is right and solves cases everytime for them. Great series to have. I like the earlier series with Amanda Burton best.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Silent Witness Series 1 11 Oct 2009
By Doc
Format:DVD
As one who loves almost all of the British crime dramas that I am able to find, I found this one to be well written and well acted. I highly recommend this to anyone who loves such characters as Patricia Cornwell's "Scarpetta". This is along the same lines and, in my opinion, a well done series. I look forward to adding more of them to my collection.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still Good 30 Sep 2009
By alnval
Format:DVD
The quality of this dramatic series, like fine wine, only improves with age. What's essential for me is that is has closed captions. I'm sorry the BBC doesn't reissue the remaining years of Silent Witness in this format.
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