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Waking the Dead - Series 4 [DVD] [2004] [2001]

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  • Actors: Trevor Eve, Sue Johnston, Holly Aird, Claire Goose, Wil Johnson
  • Directors: Andy Hay, Ben Bolt, Philippa Langdale, Suri Krishnamma
  • Writers: Andy Hay, Barbara Machin, Doug Milburn, Ed Whitmore
  • Format: PAL, Widescreen, Colour, HiFi Sound
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 6
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: 2entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 29 Jan 2007
  • Run Time: 236 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,626 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


More cases for the ‘Cold Case Unit’ - detectives aided by forensic and psychology experts - as they unearth the files of unsolved crimes that have threatening present day implications. But now Grace, Frankie, Mel and Spencer have bonded into an effective team, could the maverick leadership of DCI Boyd have put the unit in jeopardy?

Disc One
In Sight of the Lord
A media campaign from a murdered soldier’s grandson has led to the nearly 50-year old case being re-opened. When the killer strikes again and other linked murders from the 1960s become apparent, the team must try to fit the pieces of the case together and find the next intended victim.

False Flag
Demolition work on a garage is halted at the discovery of a skeleton sitting in the driver’s seat. An unexploded bomb found under the car is soon linked to an Irish terrorist cell from the late 1970s. But why was the would-be bomber killed and why did the bomb fail to detonate?

Disc Two
What gives the ‘Cold Case Unit’ its cutting edge? It’s dynamic leadership, scientific insight or back-to-basic detective work? Or could it be the team’s special relationships, like Boyd’s respect and admiration for Frankie, his sparring with Grace or his off-hand treatment of Mel and Spencer?

Fugue States
Notting Hill Carnival, 1988: Five-year-old twins are taken from their home. A nationwide search is launched, but they are not found. Fifteen years later, one of the twins, Jason, is admitted to hospital after a traffic accident; the hunt now begins to establish where his sister might be and whether she is still alive.

Anger Management
When a killer strikes at a hostel, Sam, a newly released prisoner, becomes a major suspect. As the team investigates further, it emerges that Sam has a complex hidden past. On the surface he appears to be a devoted family man, so why does he have influential connections in the criminal world?

Disc Three
The Cold Case Unit was always aware that their cases were not really dead - just sleeping. That anyone willing to kill five, ten, even twenty years ago might well be ready to do so again. But did they ever think that the team itself could be putting their lives on the line?

The Hardest Word
A sadomasochistic serial killer is at large. The killings are brutal and the victims are found with the word 'Sorry' carved in their backs. When the killer strikes at the heart of the team, the investigation takes a new track and the motive for the murders takes on a very different meaning.

A young woman has killed her family through an arson attack on her family home. After she claims she was incited to do this by a mysterious figure known only as 'The Shepherd', it transpires that two more women have claimed they were incited to commit murder by the same person.

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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Konstanze Allsopp on 9 Mar 2007
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Once again, the cold case team around Peter Boyd (Trevor Eve) and Grace Foley (Sue Johnson) crack cases that have been forgotten or could not be solved earlier due to lack of modern forensics. We have come to expect extremely chilling story lines, ingenuity by forensic pathologist Frankie Wharton (Holly Aird), stress and tensions within the team which do not always see eye to eye (Mel Silver - Claire Goose questions Boyd's motives, just when the team is threatened with being taken over), and these keep this police drama taught and full of suspense. Be prepared for a shock ending.

Series 5 and 6 have since been filmed and aired so could the BBC please release these series a bit faster than the first 4. They make for compelling, repetitive watching, and are the best series the BBC has done in years. Longmay it continue. Congratulations!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 11 July 2008
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Waking The Dead - Series 4 [2001]

Contemporary television drama at its best, although I have not seen all the seasons I feel certain this must be the best, if they come any better than this, WOW.

There is a wonderful atmosphere maintained throughout the season, every complex plot is a well acted and a stunning success, even if there are occasional unlikely coincidences, etc

Detective Superintendent Peter Boyd (Trevor Eve) and psychologist and profiler Grace Foley (Sue Johnson) both well into middle age lead the very much younger team of DI Jordan (Wil Johnson), DS Mel Silver (Claire Goose) and pathologist /forensic scientist Frankie Wharton (Holly Aird).
What makes it stand out against other series (i.e. the American "Cold Case") is this age differential between the two leaders and their team, superimposing a family ambience to their interactions. Saying that we never learn anything about their private lives except for snippets in flash backs relating to the crimes.

The series is all the stronger for the fact it is not intended as a slice of real police life, the resources allocated to this small department is unreal, and the treatment of witnesses is hardly politically acceptable.

A thoroughly gripping and intriguing MUST SEE.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amelrode VINE VOICE on 3 Mar 2008
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"Waking the Dead" is one of the most gripping mysteires series ever turned. Each of the crimes and the amazing ways how they are is solved is extraodinary. The cast - most of all Trevor Eve and particuarly Sue Johnston - is equally amazing. Those who enjoy crime stories will have a wonderful time. I enjoyed every story of the 5 series I bought. Do not miss this!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie De Pue TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 13 Oct 2012
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"Waking the Dead Season 4"is a superb entry in the acclaimed British mystery television series that ran from 2000-2007, when, sadly, it was axed by the BBC in favor of `newer, more innovative crime dramas.' It played for some time on BBCAmerica on my side of the pond, where I made its acquaintance. It is strongly -cast and -written ---by Barbara Machin, a woman, yay! It's a police procedural/crime drama that follows Detective Superintendent Peter Boyd and his cold-case unit, consisting of scientists and a psychologist, as well as detectives, at the London Metropolitan Police. The squad utilizes the latest advances in forensic science, psychological profiling of the unknown criminal perpetrators and other modern investigative techniques to crack unsolved murders.

Upon even initial viewing, its differences from similar-sounding American TV series are great. The cop shop is anything but new and shiny, and poorly lit compared to American series that all seem to have been filmed on a sunny Southern California set. The actors aren't new and shiny, either. Trevor Eve, ( Heat of the Sun) who plays Boyd, began his career as beefcake. But he's older now, and showing how thoughtfully he's aged. Still very watchable. He's backed, in the cop shop, by Sue Johnston as Dr. Grace Foley; Wil Johnson, as DI Spencer Jordan; Holly Aird as Dr. Frankie Wharton; and Claire Goose, as DS Amelia (Mel) Silver. All of them very good actors, and not one of them a beautiful young blond. The production also uses a number of excellent older British actors; in this series, notably older Celtic actors. It is violent, intense and suspenseful; plots are intricate and complex: there's always something going on.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John Picard on 30 Mar 2013
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For me, series four of "Waking the dead" is where the quality of the writing and the consistently good storylines shift up a level. You are well into the series by this point and know the characters on screen and you really have chained an attachment with them. In this series the cases are quite dark and gripping, Boyd also visits a councillor to deal with his anger. It is also the end of a generation in my opinion as this is the last series to feature popular characters Doctor Frankie Wharton and DS Mel Silver. The plots are very deep in depth in this series and it contains many powerful and memorable episodes, scoring very high ratings. The number of stories have now been extended from four to six, I'm glad they did that (this goes for series 4-7.) The episodes are as follows:

In Sight Of The Lord: This episode was a very good episode of the show. It got better as it went along and it was quite interesting and gripping. The cast in this was great also (as is all the cast in all the Waking the dead episodes), the plot was brilliant. You were really intrigued as to find out who the killer actually was and why he was killing. It scored "Very Good"

False Flag: This was the weakest in series four, the only episode having score a low rating. I gave it "Above Average", it wasn't bad. Basically, a bomb was found under a car that had only been recently found after being left there for years. It was slightly more implausible but you were interested to see how it unfolded (really how it is with every episode), not the worst ever but I've seen better.

Fugue States: This is an absolutely outstanding episode of Waking the dead. The plot is about two kids that went missing years earlier and the boy turns up, reopening the case.
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