EXCLUSIVE: The upcoming sixteenth season of BBC One’s long-running drama series Silent Witness is already poised to be one of change, so, perhaps unsurprisingly, the BBC is bringing in a number of experienced directors to helm the 10 episodes of the season. I’ve learned that Anthony Byrne, Richard Clark, Thaddeus O’Sullivan, David Richards and Douglas Mackinnon have all been signed to direct various episodes of season 16. My sources tell me that all 5 directors will helm 2 episodes, which will be two part stories. Production on season 16 is currently underway, with BBC One eyeing a 2013 premiere.
For Anthony Byrne, Douglas Mackinnon and Thaddeus O’Sullivan this is something of a return to the series. All three directors have previously helmed episodes of Silent Witness, with Anthony Byrne having directed as recently as season 15, Douglas Mackinnon having previously directed in season 8 and Thaddeus O’Sullivan having directed as recently as season 13. While new to Silent Witness Richard Clark and David Richards are both experienced directors. David Richards’ previous credits include Foyles War and The Runaway. While Richard Clark, repped by Casarotto Ramsay & Associates, has previously worked on Life On Mars, Whitechapel and Doctor Who.
The show’s sixteenth season will see the addition of two series regulars: David Caves & Liz Carr. 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. Both actors are joining the series following the departure of Tom Ward, who had been on the series since 2002 playing forensic pathologist Dr Harry Cunningham.