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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful
on 25 March 2010
At last Waking the Dead Series 7 is here!

For me, Series 7 is perhaps one of the best series so far. We see Boyd and the team tackle terrorists, the army and war criminals amongst other cold cases. The first episode "Missing Persons" is in particular a highlight. The second episode revives the Boyd and his son story arc and introduces Boyd's nemesis; if you saw series 8 then you will know who I mean.

As always Waking the Dead's fine cast led by the sublime Trevor Eve combined with engaging and vastly interesting stories mean that the show is without question the best British police drama we have. There can be no doubt that it is one of the best serial drama's that the BBC has produced. Whilst the show is compared to others it is massively superior, and none of its police drama stable mates really can compare to it. Its like Fitz and Jane Tennyson have got together to make a cross between Cracker and Prime Suspect set in a cold case unit! Only, its better. Above all else, Waking the Dead is top notch entertainment.

If you are looking for an intriguing, engaging and most importantly, entertaining two hours then buy Waking the Dead!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 28 September 2010
This series takes Waking the Dead even further away from the Cold case/CSI stereotype and focuses far more than ever on the people behind the characters. This is done very successfully while at the same time choosing exceptionally controversial subject matter, from neo-Nazism to genocide to frustrated terrorism. There's a general theme running through the series of the impact of the murders on children and young people - running parallel to Boyd's own experiences with his troubled child.

I can't recommend this too highly - but be prepared for some gut-wrenching story lines!
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on 8 May 2013
Waking the dead series 7 is not quite as good as series 6, but it receives the same four star rating due to the one awful episode in that series. Having said that the series is still delivering, with solid plots and interesting characters. The acting, production value and plots are as good as ever as we've come to expect from the WTD team. Even though this series is slightly more implausible, the stories do entertain and grip you.

Missing Persons: This is a good start with and interesting plot and great character development. This episode received "Good." Throughout this series there is a sub-plot about Boyd's son, this episode is when we learn his son has re-appeared, setting the stage for the next five episodes.

Sins: This is the best episode in this series, the only one to attain a high rating. "Excellent" demonstrates how good it is, it has a really strong plot and the revilement is really memorable.

Duty And Honour: This episode has taken us from hero to zero, being the worst I this set. The plot was bland, and was very slow and un-engaging. It still got "Average" though, being watchable. It was a bit silly.

Skin: This was a "Good" episode but there are many better WTD's out there. It was intriguing to find out what took place, but nothing spectacular, it was also predictable in parts.

Wounds: Another "Good" one, but still did not give us anything outstanding. It is entertaining, worth a watch, but nothing new. It was implausible again.

Piet'a: All of these last four episodes in series 7 have been hard to follow and attach yourself to, which is why the ratings are not massively high. Piet'a again doesn't deliver to WTD's full, before recognised potential, but it has a great ending that ties up all of the loose ends. The ending was a highlight of this series. WTD makes you believe two different cast people are the same person! It got "Good."

Series 7 is not the best, but it was "Good" overall, with no episodes below "Average." Series 8 is next up and I'm hoping "Waking The Dead" shows us what they are made of and kick some ass with spectacular episodes as we know they are capable of that. BRING IT ON!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 7 March 2011
This series is always good entainment, but season 7 was amazing. Having 27 years in law enforcement in New York City, it's refreshing to see that team members are not immune to the personal issues we normally associate with the civilians we serve. I won't go into detail so as not to spoil it for others. As you may have deduced, this series is not available here, so I must purchase it from you Brits, which is fine with me. The extra effort and cost, although I have to save up to buy it, is well worth this series.

Dee Robles
New York
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 9 March 2014
Loved the series up to now, but it's beginning to creak at the seams. At least three daft episodes in this batch, particularly SKINS with the ageing 'white power' skinheads, and WOUNDS featuring a bunch of middle-aged businessmen on a 'self-empowerment' weekend. Both stretching credibility too far and actually boring.
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on 15 August 2012
Surely no one starts watching "Waking the Dead" at series 7! So, to make it this far you must have enjoyed series 1 to 6.
There have been some minor cast changes through the years but the series still provides gripping story lines and good, believable characters. Trevor Eve is superbly cast as Peter Boyd and Sue Johnson makes a fine transition from Barbara Royale of "The Royal Family" to Grace Foley in this series.
Ok, so there are some episodes that I favour more than others, but overall seies 7 is another 'good value for money' set of dvd's.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 26 June 2011
Still excellent, I don't know what I'll do when this show ends. Sue Johnston rules! Love the rest of the cast as well.
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on 28 April 2014
Brilliantly produced series but Felicite de Jeu is the weakest link. After Claire Goose, Felicite has no acting presence... and is always waiting 'in the wings' for her cue...with no gravitas or identity.
Trevor Eve and Sue Johnston are perfectly juxtaposed and make a fantastic team.
Tara Fitzgerald delights in her fastidious and quirky role and is a delight to watch as she delicately tweezes and picks her way through the dead.
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on 25 June 2012
Absolutely GRIPPING and it is so well acted, directed and designed. The script-writing has you following every word and we have wagers at the beginning of each episode to try and out wit the outcome! One of the BEST detective crime thrillers ever and Sue Jonston and Trevor Eve are fantastic - the whole family are addicted. Rock on and please don't end!

THANK YOU, BBC!
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on 3 February 2013
I am a huge fan of this series and it never fails to impress me how gripping the action is! Superbly written, briiliant acting and you have the perfect crime viewing! I am the proud owner of almost the whole series now, just need to get my hands on Series 9, the final one - can't wait for it to arrive on my doorstep! Enjoy!
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