Waking the Dead (2000–2011)
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A Simple Sacrifice: Part 1 

After serving half her sentence for the murder of her husband and neighbor's son, new evidence suggests that Annie Keel could be innocent.


Robert Del Maestro


Barbara Machin (creator), Simon Mirren


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Trevor Eve ... Detective Superintendent Peter Boyd
Sue Johnston ... Dr. Grace Foley
Holly Aird ... Dr. Frankie Wharton
Claire Goose ... DC Amelia 'Mel' Silver
Wil Johnson ... DS Spencer Jordan
Simon Kunz ... DAC Ralph Cristie
Harriet Walter ... Annie Keel
Cal MacAninch ... Alex Bryson / Sam Keel
Lynda Bellingham ... Mary Mantel
Anthony Valentine ... Patrick Mantel
Nicholas Woodeson ... Reese Dickson, Solicitor
Robert Blythe Robert Blythe ... John Fontain
Janet Dale Janet Dale ... Joanne Riley
Valerie Gogan Valerie Gogan ... Janet Bryson
Rakie Ayola ... Pauline


The team reopens the 25-year-old case of a woman who was convicted of double murder on the basis of her own confession. Boyd now doubts that Annie Keel really is the murderer. But why did she confess, and what happened to her son who was present when the crimes took place? Written by Anonymous

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

2 July 2001 (UK) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR


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Detective Superintendent Peter Boyd: Do you ever surf the Net?
Dr. Grace Foley: No. It doesn't appeal to me.
Detective Superintendent Peter Boyd: Unrestricted access to some of the strangest people on the planet.
Dr. Grace Foley: Hmmm?
Detective Superintendent Peter Boyd: [Tongue in cheek] It's perfect for you.
Dr. Grace Foley: What do you mean it's perfect for me?
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References The Magnificent Seven (1960) See more »

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Natural reactions to a horrific killer.
3 March 2018 | by Sleepin_DragonSee all my reviews

The team receive new evidence in the Annie Keel case, a woman serving a life sentence for murdering her husband and son's best friend. The team are split, Spencer is reluctant, Grace believes that her motives psychologically didn't make sense. Fortunately Boyd is open minded to begin the investigation.

A superb script from the nephew of non other then Helen Mirren, Simon Mirren delivers the goods. Many of these early episodes had a real level of quality, comprehensible and straightforward, sometimes the writing in the future could be a little too complex. These early episodes were also the only ones to feature humour, laughs and jokes, mainly from Spencer and Boyd, it wouldn't be long before that humour was taken out.

The main cast are excellent, but it's the presence of Harriet Walter that elevates the episode, she is perfect in the role, I totally bought into the character of Annie Keel, she looked and acted the part.

A Simple Sacrifice will forever be one of the best episodes from an outstanding TV series. 10/10

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