BBC forensic drama Silent Witness finally returns for a brand-new series tonight, but many viewers will want a reminder as to what happened at the end of series 23.
Tonight, fans will see Dr Nikki Alexander (played by Emilia Fox) back alongside partner in crime Jack Hodgson (David Caves) for the first instalment of series 24.
The duo will have to enter a high-security prison in order to investigate the suspicious death of one of the institution’s inmates.
However, there’s more than there first appears as it brings up some very difficult memories for Nikki, which viewers will gain further insight into this evening.
It was confirmed last year there would be at least two more series to come of the programme, taking the show up to its 25th anniversary – but what happened at the end of the last chapter?
What happened at the end of series 23?
Long-term viewers of the show will remember it was quite the tearjerker after seeing not one – but two – unexpected exits.
Dr Thomas Chamberlain (Richard Lintern) died after he was exposed to a nerve agent during an investigation whilst trying to save his colleague Jack, who had himself become infected with a mysterious substance.
Dr Thomas took a huge risk as he carried out an autopsy on a contaminated body and found the vial containing the poison, but it ultimately was too late after he too was attacked by the same nerve agent.
Forensic examiner Clarissa Mullery (Liz Carr) made a big decision about her future after her colleague’s untimely death.
She decided to hand in her notice in order to spend more time with her family.
The pair had both been on Silent Witness for quite some time, with Lintern having joined the cast in 2013 and Carr the year before.
After announcing her exit, Carr told fans: ‘After eight years of getting to play the fabulous character Clarissa Mullery, I’ve decided it’s time to leave Silent Witness,” she said.
‘To quote Clarissa, “I just know, deep down – that it’s time for me to move on, to focus less on the dead and more on the living. On life.”
Director of drama at the BBC, Piers Wenger previously said he ‘can’t wait for viewers to see what is in store for its 25th anniversary in 2022.’
Silent Witness returns tonight at 9pm on BBC One.
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