Silent Witness review — murder, dead crows and a charming psychopath

Also reviewed: Brits Down Under

The Times

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Narrated by Carol Midgley

Silent Witness

Brits Down Under
Channel 4

I do sometimes worry for the mental health of the Silent Witness writers. It’s basically a gig in which you must dream up the most twisted, macabre way for someone to die, then double it. However, I will say this. The twist at the end of last night’s episode (this is no less than its 27th series) was a belter. Spoilers ahead.

That the grieving retired forensic pathologist Dr Charles Beck (John Hannah), whose wife was the suspected victim of a serial killer 20 years earlier, might actually have committed the murder himself and used his knowledge of Calvin Dunn’s crimes to pass it off as Dunn’s doing was a well-executed