Silent Witness: Darkness Visible (1996)

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  • A British crime thriller series, produced for the BBC, focusing on a team of forensic pathology experts and their investigations into various crimes.


  • Sam investigates the death of a gay man while in police custody. He had been arrested while drunk and was sharing a cell with another drunk for the night. The victim died from a blow to the head and was badly beaten post-mortem. DS Farmer is concerned that the assault may have been the work of some of her officers.
  • Sam also meets up with Liam Slattery an old friend she has not seen for 20 years. Sam’s sister however is convinced Liam was responsible for the death of their father years before.  Liam and Sam renew their relationship but she is faced with a difficult choice.
  • When a police constable, whose wife reported that he was cracking up, is found dead, the investigating officers themselves believe something is amiss. Sam continues to be harassed by someone unknown, having to call in the bomb squad when she receives a mysterious parcel and subsequently someone tries to run her off the road.
Liam Slattery
Series 1, Episode 5, Darkness Visible: Part 1 (13 March 1996)
Series 1, Episode 6, Darkness Visible: Part 2 (14 March 1996)
Nigel McCrery
Ashley Pharoah
Noella Smith
Tony Dennis
Production Companies:
British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC),  A&E Television Networks, Cipango Productions Audiovisuelles
Additional Cast:
Amanda Burton, Tom Ward, Emilia Fox
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