Long before CSI, Bones, or NCIS, there was BBC’s ground-breaking crime drama, Silent Witness. Featuring a team of forensic pathologists, using their scientific skills and knowledge to solve mysterious and/or suspicious deaths, the long-running BBC forensics series is finally being released in North America by BBC Worldwide.
To give the North American audience a look at how the show began – and look at where it is now, BBC Worldwide is releasing both the first and seventeenth (yes, seventeenth!) seasons of Silent Witness on October 21st. Details follow the jump.
FROM THE FIRST SEASON TO THE SEVENTEENTH, THIS LONG-RUNNING BBC CRIME DRAMA BRINGS FRESH MYSTERIES FROM THE MORGUE
SILENT WITNESS: SEASON ONE
SILENT WITNESS: SEASON SEVENTEEN
Street Date: October 21, 2014
Suggested Retail Price: DVD $34.98 ($43.98 in Canada)
Length (Season One): Approx. 360 mins / 2-disc set
Length (Season Seventeen): Approx. 512 mins / 3-disc set
New York – September 25, 2014 – Before CSI: Crime Scene Investigation… before Bones… before NCIS… Silent Witness brought viewers from the crime scenes to the laboratories where forensic evidence speaks louder than words. BBC Home Entertainment is bringing the popular long-running procedural drama to DVD for the first time in North America on October 21, 2014 – releasing not only the first season but also the most recent seventeenth season (with more seasons to be released in the coming months).
Created by Nigel McCrery, a former murder squad detective in Nottingham, England, Silent Witness mixes a unique blend of crime mystery, science and detection. The plot centers on a dedicated and driven team of forensic pathologists as they use their scientific expertise and unquenchable thirst for the truth to unravel clues in mysterious and suspicious deaths. Every body tells a story: who they were, how they lived, and most importantly, how they died. With consistently engaging and imaginative writing, Silent Witness is one of the BBC’s most successful and longest-running dramas. From the first season into the eighth, the team is led by the intelligent and challenging Dr. Samantha Ryan (Amanda Burton, Bronson). During the eighth season (and continuing into the seventeenth), a new female lead character is introduced: Dr. Nikki Alexander (Emilia Fox, Merlin). Surrounding them are a rotating cast of characters, but the team always continues on an unwavering and hugely satisfying quest for the truth.
About BBC Worldwide Americas:
BBC Worldwide is the main commercial arm and a wholly-owned subsidiary of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). BBC Worldwide Americas brings together all of BBC Worldwide businesses across North and South America. The company exists to maximize the value of the BBC’s assets for the benefit of the UK license payer, and invests in public service programming in return for rights. The company has five core businesses: Channels, Content & Production, Sales & Distribution, Consumer Products and Digital. Under these businesses fall two key brands in the U.S. – digital cable channel BBC AMERICA and BBC Worldwide Productions, the production arm responsible for the smash hit Dancing with the Stars.