Waking the Dead
is a British television police procedural
crime drama series produced by the BBC
featuring a fictional Cold Case
Unit comprising CID
police officers, a psychological profiler and a forensic scientist
. A pilot episode
aired in September 2000 and there have been a total of nine series since. Each story is split into two hour-long episodes, shown on consecutive nights on BBC One
. A third series episode won an International Emmy Award
in 2004. The programme was also shown on BBC America
in the United States
- though these screenings are edited to allow for advertising breaks - as well as UKTV
and New Zealand
) and ABC1
(Australia). The show aired its final episode on 11 April 2011.
A spin-off show, titled The Body Farm
, revolving around forensic scientist Eve Lockhart (Tara FitzGerald
) was announced by the BBC in January 2011.
The programme followed the work of a special police team who investigate "cold cases", usually murders that took place a number of years ago and were never solved. The team uses evidence which has just come to light, as well as contemporary technology to examine previous evidence. Trevor Eve
portrays the workaholic and often eccentric Peter Boyd on whom plotlines are often centred. As the series has progressed, storylines have focused on the personal lives of the characters as well as the criminal investigations (for example, Boyd's temper control in "Anger......