Silent Witness is a long-running British television thriller series made by the BBC's in-house Drama Serials production department. As it is created by Nigel McCrery,a former murder squad detective, and based on real forensic pathologist from Sheffield one gets an impressive ring of reality.
The series is often criticised for showing the pathologist actively investigating the crime which is not a pathologist duty. I feel that is an unfair criticism as this is not a documentary on the work of pathologists but a "crime novel". Who would critise Agatha Christie for having Miss Marple investigating crimes when usually old spinster do not do that?
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 cast. I believe she got even better in the second series. It is more rounded, the character evolved and does not remain static, like Amanda's relationship.
All in all, I immensely enjoyed the second series.