Waking the Dead (2000–2011)

Special Relationship: Part 1 

After the police cannot get a conviction, the cold case team takes on the murder of a feminist who worked for the Home Office.


David Thacker


Stephen Davis, Barbara Machin (creator)


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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
Corin Redgrave ... Sir James Beatty
Patricia Hodge ... Lady Alice Beatty
Ruth Gemmell ... DI Jess Worrall
Anton Lesser ... Professor Ray Levin
Amanda Root ... Lorna Gyles
Francesca Ryan Francesca Ryan ... Katherine Reed
Kika Markham ... Ann Hardingham
Billie-Claire Wright Billie-Claire Wright ... Mary Holmes
Del Synnott Del Synnott ... Ricky Taft
T.J. Ramini ... Majid Kahn (as Tarek Ramini)


Detective Superintendent Boyd and his team investigate the murder of Katherine Reed, a senior Home Office official who was found asphyxiated in her bed. Ricky Taft, a burglar arrested in her apartment, has been found not guilty of the murder and Boyd's team start a new investigation from scratch. They are surprised to learn that 11 months after her death, her remains are still available foe examination as her husband refused to accept them until her killer was convicted. As they look into Reed's private life, the find an indifferent husband with a dodgy alibi, a former colleague who may have own reasons to dislike the woman and the fact that she may have had a lover. They also find that the Home Office is less than cooperative, wrapping several events under a shroud of secrecy. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

17 September 2002 (UK) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR


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Did You Know?


Episodes 2.5 Waking the Dead: Special Relationship: Part 1 (2002) & 2.6 Waking the Dead: Special Relationship: Part 2 (2002), written by Stephen Davis and directed by David Thacker, received an International Emmy Award. See more »


In one scene Grace tells an American CIA agent that Britain does not accept the validity of polygraph tests. The American suggests that it should. However, in the US courts and investigators also do not accept the polygraph tests for the same reasons that Grace gives. See more »


DS Spencer Jordan: What was that about?
Detective Superintendent Peter Boyd: I couldn't tell or I'd have to kill you.
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