Big changes await BBC One’s long running drama series Silent Witness. Tom Ward, who has played forensic pathologist Dr Harry Cunningham on Silent Witness since 2002, is leaving the series, with his final two episodes slated to air on BBC One later this month. Those final two episodes (titled And Then I Fell in Love, Parts I & II) will see Ward’s character move in with close friend and colleague Dr Nikki Alexander (Emilia Fox) when a gas explosion in his flat leaves him temporarily homeless.
In addition to Wards departure, both David Caves and Liz Carr will be joining the series for its upcoming sixteenth season, which is currently in production and due to air in early 2013. Caves plays the straight-talking and disarmingly quick-witted Jack Hodgson, one of the youngest forensic scientists in the country. While Carr has been cast as as forensic lab scientist Clarissa Mullery.
“Silent Witness owes a great debt to the talented Tom Ward, who has given us our beloved Harry with wit, style and passion to Silent Witness for ten seasons. We will miss him so much and wish him all the best for his future,” said Kate Harwood, BBC Controller of Drama Series and Serials, “but of course every change is an opportunity and we’re thrilled to welcome David Caves and Liz Carr into the team. As a forensic scientist Jack is a change of direction for Silent Witness. He will take us into stories in different and exciting ways. He will be a fantastic, physical and lively presence on the team and we are so enjoying the change of pace and energy. Liz, his clever, subtle, slightly sly assistant, will also be taking the show into a new and more modern era. We welcome them both aboard.”