Silent Witness Season 24 will see Emilia Fox return as Dr Nikki Alexander, who’s been in the BBC1 crime hit since 2004.
Also back is David Caves as Jack Hodgson, but there are big changes following the departure of two fan favourites at the end of the last series.
Clarissa Mullery (played by Liz Carr) and Dr Thomas Chamberlain (Richard Lintern) both left the hugely popular long-running series.
Here’s everything we know about the new series which has now started! And episode three will see Jason Wong join the team as Adam…
Silent Witness Season 24 release date
Silent Witness Season 24 began on Monday September 6 at 9pm, with the second episode following on Tuesday September 7 at 9pm. New episodes will air every Monday and Tuesday on BBC1 until the finale, and you can catch up on demand via BBC iPlayer.
Episode 3 goes out on Monday September 13 at 9pm, with the second part of the story following on Tuesday 14 September at 9pm.
Silent Witness cast
Emilia Fox and David Caves are both back as Nikki and Jack. In big Silent Witness news it’s been revealed that Jason Wong (The Gentleman, Chimerica, Strangers) is playing pathologist Adam Yuen. He’s billed as a “a confident, bright and keen pathologist who’s constantly striving to be the best, he immediately rubs Nikki and Jack up the wrong way”.
Jason joins the series in episode three. Talking about his character, Jason tells us: “Because of his over-eagerness, wanting to please and to do well, I do rub them up the wrong way!”
What’s the plot for the new series?
We know that Adam’s arrival is going to cause issues for Nikki and Jack. Now, there appears to be a hint of a possible romance between Nikki and Jack. The BBC teases that “when ghosts from the past emerge, the two are forced increasingly close to one another”. Does this imply they might become an item?
The opening episode of the new series sees Nikki and Jack visiting a high-security prison. As the pair look into the suspicious death of an inmate, Nikki finds herself dealing with disturbing memories. It’s revealed that the victim’s cellmate is a student who was responsible for the mass shooting she witnessed a decade before. Nikki is convinced the same student is the killer this time as well. But is she right?
Talking about the opening episode, Emilia tells us: “Nikki and Jack look into a suspicious death in a prison, which reacquaints Nikki with a character called Scott Weston, who was in a memorable Silent Witness episode called Shadows, quite a few years ago. It all becomes a bit too personal, and Jack has to get her back on track, and help her see the bigger picture.”
Is there a Silent Witness Season 24 trailer?
Yes. “Our work is vitally important, someone needs to speak to the dead,” declares Nikki in a talk she’s giving. We also see Adam for the first time and it’s clear he’s not getting on well with Nikki! Plus we see Nikki and Jack getting rather close!!
What happened in Episode 1?
The first episode of Silent Witness Season 24 saw Dr Nikki Alexander (Emilia Fox) facing an old threat, as she was led to believe that school shooter Scott Weston (Elliott Tittensor) was behind the death of an inmate called Jay at a local prison. This is a difficult case for Dr Alexander, as Scott was the gunman responsible for a horrific shooting spree at a university that took place in Season 13. The first in a two-part story, Nikki is determined to get to the bottom of this case while also navigating complications posed by Scott’s girlfriend Paisley (played by Harry Potter‘s Evanna Lynch), who’s determined to get his case reviewed while Scott’s own mother believes that her son should serve his full prison sentence.
There’s also tension between Dr Alexander and her partner Jack Hodgson (David Caves), who’s worried that she’s not following the evidence and she’s simply looking to blame Scott following a turbulent past case that put him behind bars. But is Scott really the perpetrator in this crime, or is there another reason for the inmate’s suspicious death? We’ll have to wait until episode 2 to find out!
What happened in Episode 2?
Episode 2 was the conclusion to the inmate case, where it was revealed that Scott actually had nothing to do with Jay’s death at all. After presenting a few theories, Nikki and Jack concluded that he’d actually had an allergic reaction to something, resulting in his death and clearing Scott’s name.
The exact allergic turned out to be bee venom, which was an active ingredient in his cream which was given to him by his mother Dionne (Cecilia Noble). She had intentionally caused this allergic reaction, hoping he would leave prison and go to hospital for treatment so she could visit him. But it backfired and caused his death instead, something she hadn’t intended to happen. So with that story concluded, it’s time to see what’s in store for Episode 3…
What happens in episode 3?
The BBC says: “When a swimming instructor is found murdered in her flat, trace evidence from the scene identifies two suspects, including the victim’s ex-boyfriend, a former policeman.
“It’s the first case for new-recruit Dr Adam Yuen (Jason Wong) and his eagerness to impress causes friction in the team.
“As the investigation uncovers a tragic story about the need for love and family, Jack (David Caves) is confronted with secrets from his own hidden past.”