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The Best Silent Witness Episodes 

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Updated February 16, 2019 478 votes 232 voters 26.6k views 87 items

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List of the best Silent Witness episodes, as determined by voters like you. You can find Silent Witness ranked on best detective shows and best crime fiction TV series. With all the amazing episodes of the show that exist, it's hard to trust just one person's opinion of what the top Silent Witness episodes of all time are. Fans of Silent Witness are very passionate about the show, and there are often debates over which episodes are the greatest. That's why this list exists- so you can vote for your favorites and we can find out once and for all what everyone thinks the best episode is.

Episodes here include everything from "Two Below Zero" to "Fallen Idol." What is the best Silent Witness episode of all time? Look below and find out.

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Shadows (2) is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Silent Witness Episodes
Shadows (2) Episode: 8, Season: Silent Witness - Series 13

Original Airing: Jan 29 2010

Nikki and Harry try to help wounded victims of a campus shooting while trapped in the building with the rampaging shoote
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Shadows (1) is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Silent Witness Episodes
Shadows (1) Episode: 7, Season: Silent Witness - Series 13

Original Airing: Jan 28 2010

Nikki and Harry try to help wounded victims of a campus shooting while trapped in the building with the rampaging shoote
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Faith is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Silent Witness Episodes
Faith Episode: 3, Season: Silent Witness - Series 5

Original Airing: Mar 16 2001

When two snow-boarders cause an avalanche on a ski slope in Norway, the rescue team also discover the naked body of a woman. John Taylor informs the Townsends that the police think it could be ...more
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Sniper's Nest, Pt. 2 is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Silent Witness Episodes
Season 18 Episode 2: The sniper plays a macabre game of cat and mouse with police. Thomas tries to ensure the safety of his daughter and estranged wife amidst growing public fear, while fighting his urge to interfere in their lives. Nikki and Jack look closer at the targets to reveal the motive. The investigation is scaled up by De Freitas, but it's Jack's shocking discovery that leads the team to the perpetrator.
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A Time To Heal (1) is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Silent Witness Episodes
A Time To Heal (1) Episode: 1, Season: Silent Witness - Season 8

Original Airing: Sep 05 2004

Sam, Leo and Harry travel back to Sam's old home in Northern Ireland when two bodies are discovered there. As events unfold, Sam realises her father may have been involved and sets out to ...more
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Bloodlines: Part 1 is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Silent Witness Episodes
Bloodlines: Part 1 Episode: 7, Season: Silent Witness - Series 14

Original Airing: Jan 24 2011

Harry is reunited with Anna Sandor when she calls him to Budapest to perform a second post-mortem on the body of a drowned prostitute, Sofi Mustafova. As they get reacquainted, Anna tells him ...more
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A Time To Heal (2) is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Silent Witness Episodes
A Time To Heal (2) Episode: 2, Season: Silent Witness - Season 8

Original Airing: Sep 06 2004

Sam, Leo and Harry travel back to Sam's old home in Northern Ireland when two bodies are discovered there. As events unfold, Sam realises her father may have been involved and sets out to ...more
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A Guilty Mind: Part 2 is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Silent Witness Episodes
A Guilty Mind: Part 2 Episode: 2, Season: Silent Witness - Series 14

Original Airing: Jan 04 2011

Nikki's mental instability worsens, and Harry and Leo are forced to get her psychiatric help. But then when the true identity of the murderer is discovered, it becomes a race against time to ...more
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A Guilty Mind: Part 1 is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Silent Witness Episodes
A Guilty Mind: Part 1 Episode: 1, Season: Silent Witness - Series 14

Original Airing: Jan 03 2011

When the pathologists investigate three suspicious deaths in one night on the same ward, it looks like hospital staff may be behind their murders. Nikki becomes increasingly disturbed by a rape ...more
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Hippocratic Oath (1) is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Silent Witness Episodes
Hippocratic Oath (1) Episode: 5, Season: Silent Witness - Season 11

Original Airing: Sep 10 2007

When a hearse was involved in a crash and not one, but two bodies were found in the coffin, Harry was tasked with identifying the murdered John Doe. His search took him to a hospital, where ...more
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Awakening, Part 2 is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Silent Witness Episodes
Season 20 Episode 10: With Nikki locked in a struggle for survival, Jack is must use all of his abilities to track her down. When a mysterious person calls to make demands in return for Nikki’s release, Jack’s moral principles are put to the test. And with life and death in the balance, every decision counts…
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The World Cruise is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Silent Witness Episodes
The World Cruise Episode: 1, Season: Silent Witness - Series 5

Original Airing: Dec 11 2000

Two elderly brothers are found dead in their home, with no apparent injuries. When conducting the postmortem, Sam discovers puncture marks on their chests, as if something had been injected into ...more
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Falling Angels, Pt. 1 is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Silent Witness Episodes
Season 18 Episode 3: Nikki and Jack investigate a man killed by a train. When a woman is murdered after being followed on the underground, the team faces the prospect of building a case against her husband. Nikki forms a bond with DI Nelson. He asks her to evaluate the details of his father's murder. When a roofer is stalked and killed, Nelson and the team identify a suspect on the tube cameras who links the murders.
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Falling Angels, Pt. 2 is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Silent Witness Episodes
Season 18 Episode 4: Tension on the tube network threatens to boil over. The verdict in the first death is questioned and witnesses are brought in. Amongst them is Lana Sutherland, a young worker who has taken in a homeless man. DI Nelson lets her go before he realizes she may be harboring a killer. Nikki helps Nelson unearth the mystery of his father's death. He refocuses and discovers what links the victims.
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River's Edge, Part 1 is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Silent Witness Episodes
Season 19 Episode 9: A family murdered at a picnic leads the team to the female victim's estranged husband. But all is not what it seems, and Nikki and Jack are thrown into mortal danger.
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Buried Lies (1) is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Silent Witness Episodes
Buried Lies (1) Episode: 1, Season: Silent Witness - Series 1

Original Airing: Feb 21 1996

Dr. Sam Ryan is called to the scene of the tragic death of a six-year-old girl, Sarah Crew, who is thought to have fallen from a rope-swing over a river and drowned and the police surgeon has ...more
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Lost: Part 1 is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Silent Witness Episodes
Lost: Part 1 Episode: 3, Season: Silent Witness - Series 14

Original Airing: Jan 10 2011

Leo finds himself haunted by past memories when he returns to Sheffield after an ancient body is unearthed on Bleaklow Moor.
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Sniper's Nest, Pt. 1 is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Silent Witness Episodes
Season 18 Episode 1: DCI De Freitas's personal fallout with boss and partner chief superintendent Robert Drake is the least of her worries when 3 people are shot dead in a gas station. Nikki and Jack conclude that it's the work of a shooter from long range. De Freitas contains her animosity towards Drake, as the team works to find a killer striking at random.
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One of Our Own, Pt. 1 is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Silent Witness Episodes
Season 18 Episode 9: Rising star Sergeant Sam Honeywell is found beaten and shot in his car. The police are up in arms and DCI Sullivan is determined to nail the killer. When a local drug dealer has an alibi, suspicion shifts closer to home. Honeywell is found to have been in an affair with Kate Parry, wife of his friend, Sergeant Carl Parry. Jack reveals details of Honeywell's final moments, which hit Sullivan hard.
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River's Edge, Part 2 is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Silent Witness Episodes
Season 19 Episode 10: Nikki and Jack are thrown into mortal danger as they uncover a high-powered world of sex and depravity. Meanwhile, Amy confronts her past.
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Death's Door (2) is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Silent Witness Episodes
Death's Door (2) Episode: 4, Season: Silent Witness - Season 12

Original Airing: Oct 09 2008

Harry tangles with a Russian oligarch over the murder of a journalist.
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Gone Tomorrow is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Silent Witness Episodes
Gone Tomorrow Episode: 1, Season: Silent Witness - Series 4

Original Airing: May 31 1999

A helicopter on its way to an oil rig goes down with twenty workers on board. Called in to supervise the post-mortems, Professor Sam Ryan begins to piece together how the crash happened.
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Two Below Zero is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Silent Witness Episodes
Two Below Zero Episode: 2, Season: Silent Witness - Series 5

Original Airing: Feb 12 2001

Two elderly brothers are found dead in their home, with no apparent injuries. When conducting the postmortem, Sam discovers puncture marks on their chests, as if something had been injected into ...more
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A Kind of Justice (2) is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Silent Witness Episodes
A Kind of Justice (2) Episode: 6, Season: Silent Witness - Series 4

Original Airing: Jul 06 1999

When a fire breaks out in an art centre in Cambridge, Michael Connor turns to Sam to help, who goes back to Cambridge to investigate the deaths. Twelve bodies are found, but they have trouble ...more
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An Academic Exercise, Pt... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Silent Witness Episodes
Season 3 Episode 1: A murder at a Cambridge college leads Sam into professional, emotional and physical danger. Dr Annabelle Evans, a close friend of Sam and a lecturer, is found murdered. New detectives Connor and Bradley suspect Annabelle's husband. But when Connor realizes that Sam knows the victim, he is understandably concerned. Sam's certainties are tested as she discovers confusing forensic evidence.