Waking the Dead (2000–2011)
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Magdalene 26: Part 1 

When a rich, well-to-do woman is found nude and amnesiac on a country rode, the team ties her to a car accident, her husband's bizarre murder, the looting of his company, and a 40+ year old cold case.


Andy Hay


Barbara Machin (creator), Declan Croghan


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Trevor Eve ... Detective Superintendent Peter Boyd
Sue Johnston ... Dr. Grace Foley
Tara Fitzgerald ... Dr. Eve Lockhart
Wil Johnson ... DI Spencer Jordan
Félicité Du Jeu Félicité Du Jeu ... DC Stella Goodman
Stacey Roca ... DC Katrina Howard
Sharon Maughan ... Elizabeth
Lisa Dwyer Hogg ... Teenage Elizabeth (as Lisa Hogg)
Elizabeth Barrett Elizabeth Barrett ... Young Elizabeth
Denise Gough ... Kathleen
Bosco Hogan ... Father Quinn
Adam Best Adam Best ... Young Father Quinn
Cian Barry ... Mick O'Hare
Lynda Rooke Lynda Rooke ... Sister Margaret
Alki David ... Coban


Boyd's team investigate after P.C. Katrina Howard discovers a middle-aged woman nude and wandering in woods after an apparent car crash and takes her to hospital. The woman is apparently amnesiac though she has flashes back to her teenage when she escaped from a brutal Magdalene Convent in Ireland helped by Mick O'Hare and Father Quinn. She is Elizabeth Andrews, a successful business woman but her DNA is oddly linked to a double murder in a Soho club forty years earlier, when one of the victims was a Turkish sex trafficker and the other man a John Doe. Elizabeth's abductors are Turks and a visit to her house reveals a man believed to be her husband Tony Muller tortured and murdered. Elizabeth has two visitors, one is Samuel Knight, a shifty young business associate, the other is a gunman,seemingly out to finish the job, and Stella, who is guarding Elizabeth, takes a bullet. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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English | Turkish

Release Date:

6 September 2009 (UK) See more »

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16 : 9
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Did You Know?


Trevor Eve (Det Supt Peter Boyd) & Sharon Maughan (Michelle / Elizabeth) also worked together on Kidnap and Ransom (2011) as Dominic King & Jane Wickham respectively. See more »


Katrina Howard is a uniformed police constable in this episode - she says she was demoted from sergeant for insubordination - yet the credits say DS (Detective Sergeant). See more »


Teenage Elizabeth: [in the church] Father...
Young Father Quinn: My name is Brendan.
Teenage Elizabeth: The man that was following me...
Young Father Quinn: What of him?
Teenage Elizabeth: Is he still out there?
Young Father Quinn: He's always out there.
Teenage Elizabeth: Do you know him?
Young Father Quinn: I know of him. So do you.
Teenage Elizabeth: I don't understand.
Young Father Quinn: He's the Devil. You don't belong to him.
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Written by Pino Donaggio, Simon Napier-Bell, Vito Pallavicini, Vicki Wickham
Performed by Dusty Springfield
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terribly disappointing episode in what is otherwise a wonderful series
24 November 2014 | by markfranhSee all my reviews

My wife and I have been slowly working out way though all the old Waking the Dead episodes since discovering the DVDs at the library a few years ago. Many are excellent. Most are very good or at least good. Some have been disappointing but this is the first episode where we concluded the plot was so full of nonsensical holes that it was just rubbish from start to finish.

Where to begin without giving away any spoilers?

Well, a few minutes into the plot, we are told that a recovered kidnapped victim's case has been turned over to Boyd's unit because her DNA matched DNA found on two murder victims in a 1967 club in Soho. WHAT? Really. Absolutely amazing considering DNA testing didn't even exist until three decades or so later.

Yes, it is possible to go back and retest old evidence from old crimes but this is only done when the evidence has been preserved AND there is reason to have done so. This is not the case here. In this case, the 1967 DNA was supposed to have been found on the bodies of the two victims (i.e. as we later discover, on the faces, not on a piece of physical evidence) and in any case the case was closed and resolved so nobody 30+ years later is going to go back and test this DNA that they wouldn't have been collected in the first place on the offchance that DNA testing was invented 30 years later!! The premise was an insult to our intelligence.

It was ridiculous. And as it was so critical to the whole plot, it really made the whole writing a total travesty.

We were tempted to give up at the point. We didn't and it only got worse.

We've all seen shows or read novels where the detective says something like "I don't believe in coincidences." Well, there are coincidences galore here and we were supposed to believe they were simply coincidences throughout.

The dead in 1967 were Turks and the DNA from 2009 also Turks. Coincidence apparently, though it had us wondering what was going on for a while..

The priest from Ireland arrives at the club in Soho to track down the girl moments after the girl flees the club after the murders running straight into the arms of the priest. Worse, we learn towards the end that another character who was connected to the girl but had absolutely no connection whatsoever to London let alone the club in Soho, just happens to be walking past at the same time and sees the girl run into the priest. A double coincidence? You bettya!

Then we have the photos of both the second kidnapping victim and the kidnappers taken moments before the kidnapping presented to a key character for confirmation of identities. Both photos were closeups. Neither could have been taken by CCTV given the angles of the photographs and the detail. So who took the photos? Nobody! It was nonsense.

Then we have the cafe in Ireland serving a "full English breakfast" based on the menu. Sorry, in Ireland then serve a "full Irish breakfast" and I can say that with some authority as I've just returned from Ireland where I was served the full Irish in every place we stayed. Ask for a "full English" and you'd likely soon be put in your place.

The knight in shining armour at the convent in Ireland who drives a laundry truck during the day apparently simultaneously worked at the club in Soho in the evenings. I've heard of holding down two jobs to make ends meet but having a day job in Ireland and a night job in London is pushing things a bit far.

And how about the character who speaks with an English accent who we only realize and learn towards the end was raised by an American couple in California. And yet not a trace of an American accent. Again, it wouldn't have mattered except it was so important to the plot that we think she is British and not realize she is American raised. Sloppy, sloppy writing.

Worst of all ... and I have to be careful here as this verges on spoiler ... we learn towards the end of episode 2 that not is all as it appeared with the body found in the first few minutes of Boyd's involvement. But given the revelation, then ask yourself what the point of the murder was then? It made exactly zero sense in the context of the motivation for the kidnapping in episode 1. None.

I could go on but I'm reluctant to waste and more of your time or mine on writing more about some of what was presented in these two episodes.

The series is wonderful, but skip this episode and focus on some of the earlier ones. This isn't worth anyone's time.

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