The Best Episodes of Waking the Dead

Last Updated: Jan 31, 2019

Led by Detective Superintendent Peter Boyd (Trevor Eve) the Cold Case Squad investigates serious crimes which have gone unsolved. Armed with the latest technological advances and old fashioned hard work, Psychological Profiler Grace Foley (Sue Johnston), Forensic Pathologist Frankie Wharton (Holly Aird), Detective Constable Mel Silver (Claire Goose) and Detective Sergeant Spencer Jordan (Wil Johnson) wake the dead for clues and answers.

Waterloo (2)

#1 - Waterloo (2)

Season 9 - Episode 10

Time is running out for Boyd as he fights for justice against a powerful adversary. (Final 'Waking the Dead' Episode)

star 8.17
29 votes
Yahrzeit (2)

#2 - Yahrzeit (2)

Season 6 - Episode 12

As Ben goes missing, Boyd and his team try to force the truth out of a confused David. Boyd grows increasingly close to Sarah, and Stella travels to Poland to investigate the true story.

star 7.91
32 votes
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Waterloo (1)

#3 - Waterloo (1)

Season 9 - Episode 9

Boyd investigates the disappearance of 16 homeless boys from Waterloo Bridge in the 1980s.

star 7.88
34 votes
Conviction (2)

#4 - Conviction (2)

Season 9 - Episode 8

Boyd needs Sarah's expertise to help expose the state's involvement in Barclay's death.

star 7.80
30 votes
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Care (2)

#5 - Care (2)

Season 9 - Episode 4

The investigation into Claire Somers' death has seemingly unleashed a predator straight from the darkest childhood nightmare. But are they looking for a monstrous child-stealer, or misguided saviours?

star 7.79
29 votes
Directors: Edward Bennett
Writers: Richard Warlow
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Thin Air (2)

#6 - Thin Air (2)

Season 2 - Episode 8

While under pressure to discover the truth behind the murder of young Joanna, DCI Boyd (Trevor Eve) slips up and makes possibly some irreversible mistakes. Joanna's killer begins stalking her sister.

star 7.78
23 votes
Directors: Edward Bennett
Writers: Ed Whitmore
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Walking on Water (2)

#7 - Walking on Water (2)

Season 3 - Episode 4

Following the murder of Mark Lovell's cousin, the team establish that Mark has a watertight alibi, and the search for the real murderer narrows down to the remaining family members. Their investigation into the two remaining family members is further complicated by the discovery of drug dealing and involvement in the witness protection scheme.

star 7.78
23 votes
Directors: David Thacker
Writers: Stephen Davis
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Missing Persons (2)

#8 - Missing Persons (2)

Season 7 - Episode 2

Boyd and the team investigate Lore's true identity and the reasons why she is in danger.

star 7.76
25 votes
Directors: Tim Fywell
Writers: Declan Croghan
Duty and Honour(2)

#9 - Duty and Honour(2)

Season 7 - Episode 6

An Iraqi woman proves the key to the unlocking of the case.

star 7.75
28 votes
Directors: Robert Bierman
Writers: Adrian Mead
Mask of Sanity (2)

#10 - Mask of Sanity (2)

Season 6 - Episode 8

The plot thickens as Rivelli and then Harris confess to the three cold case murders. Boyd remains suspicious though - who was the real murderer and what has Jensen got to do with it all?

star 7.73
26 votes
Directors: David Thacker
Writers: Laurence Davey, Declan Croghan
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Harbinger (2)

#11 - Harbinger (2)

Season 9 - Episode 2

Boyd is convinced that the missing Donald is not a murderer, and pushes his team to try to make sense of all the vague connections in the case and eventually confront the unfathomable evil lurking within the heart of this sad, unfortunate family.

star 7.72
32 votes
Directors: Mark Jobst
Writers: Ed Whitmore
Solidarity (1)

#12 - Solidarity (1)

Season 9 - Episode 5

When the squad look in to the case of an army activist discovered in London's sewer system they discover that the case may have more police connections than they originaly thought.

star 7.70
29 votes
Yahrzeit (1)

#13 - Yahrzeit (1)

Season 6 - Episode 11

Boyd receives an anonymous package in the post – a Nazi ceremonial dagger. Attached to it is a Cold Case number, linking it to the unsolved murder of a young girl in May 1945. It seems that Mel had been working on the case before her death, what does this mean for the Cold Case Team?

star 7.69
32 votes
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Deathwatch (1)

#14 - Deathwatch (1)

Season 2 - Episode 3

Boyd and the team take on the task of infiltrating the dark underworld of London's gangland crime families when Harry Newman makes a deathbed confession to 12 "unauthorised killings". Dr Grace Foley is intrigued by this strange expression but Boyd and the rest of the team are tempted to dismiss it as the meanderings of a dying man. Until, that is, forensic psychologist Frankie Wharton discovers that Newman did not die of natural causes, but has been murdered. They soon realise there's a lot more to Newman than they imagined. Added to all that, there's a link to a famous fifties trial in which a gangster was hanged for killing two policemen.

star 7.68
28 votes
Writers: Stephen Davis
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End of the Night (1)

#15 - End of the Night (1)

Season 8 - Episode 3

The failed suicide of a women called Gemma who has been raped 12 years ago, when she was just a girl by two men, causes Boyd and his team to re-open the investigation. But as the previous investigation went nowhere there aren't any leads left to start from.

star 7.68
31 votes
Pieta (2)

#16 - Pieta (2)

Season 7 - Episode 12

Boyd vows to track down the ring of war criminals, all of whom are now living and working in the UK

star 7.65
23 votes
Writers: Declan Croghan
Solidarity (2)

#17 - Solidarity (2)

Season 9 - Episode 6

As the case continues, the squad investigate Murray using Grace as bait. However, when one member is shot and one member is arrested, the case could go in to turmoil, only for a connection to be revealed.

star 7.64
28 votes
Subterraneans (1)

#18 - Subterraneans (1)

Season 5 - Episode 5

A millionaire businessman is found dead, a year after he dissapeared. It appears that during the time he was missing he was being held prisoner. But why...

star 7.62
24 votes
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Missing Persons (1)

#19 - Missing Persons (1)

Season 7 - Episode 1

When a woman defends her daughter from a mugger, it sets into motion a chain of events that places herself and her children in mortal danger.

star 7.62
34 votes
Directors: Tim Fywell
Writers: Declan Croghan
Skin (1)

#20 - Skin (1)

Season 7 - Episode 7

After they get a tip off in an anonymous e-mail,the team head to a waste ground in east London, where they find the remains of a right-wing fascist activist.

star 7.62
34 votes
Directors: Edward Bennett
Writers: Clive Bradley, Declan Croghan
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Sins (1)

#21 - Sins (1)

Season 7 - Episode 3

The Cold Case team investigate the mystery surrounding human remains found in an urban canal with links to the murder of a prison governor.

star 7.61
28 votes
Writers: Declan Croghan
Life Sentence (2)

#22 - Life Sentence (2)

Season 2 - Episode 2

Boyd and the team continue to begrudgingly rely on serial killer, Thomas Rice's assistance on the case, while also trying to protect Dr. Delaney from experiencing her terrifying ordeal once more at the hands of the copycat assailant. It becomes apparent that he might have help on the outside, so it's crucial that Boyd confronts one of Rice's intended victims, Dr Delaney, to find out what went on during her captivity. Why did he spare her life?

star 7.61
33 votes
Directors: Edward Bennett
Writers: John Milne
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Special Relationship (1)

#23 - Special Relationship (1)

Season 2 - Episode 5

Boyd and his team struggle to find the truth behind the murder of a prominent Home Office adviser, when a petty criminal is acquitted of the crime. Once a prominent feminist activist, victim Katherine Reed had attacked the establishment at every opportunity, only to later switch sides. Boyd's progress on the case is hampered not only by a Home Office audit, which means the team will be shadowed throughout, but also by the fact that the original investigation was conducted by one of his old flames.

star 7.60
25 votes
Directors: David Thacker
Writers: Stephen Davis
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Cold Fusion (1)

#24 - Cold Fusion (1)

Season 5 - Episode 11

As DNA evidence from an old case of Spencer's (while he was working for the Atomic Energy Constabulary) is re-examined it appears that the wrong man was sent to jail. Someone tries to coverup the new evidence, causing all eyes to turn to Spencer.

star 7.60
30 votes
Writers: Ed Whitmore
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Fugue States (1)

#25 - Fugue States (1)

Season 4 - Episode 5

In 1990 - Jason and Cindy, two 5 year-old twins disappear from their home, and even after a nationwide search is launched, they are still not found. Thirteen years later, Jason is found in a hospital suffering from injuries he sustained in a car accident. But where's Cindy? Boyd and the team set out to find her. Mel Silver is trying to find her biological mother

star 7.59
34 votes
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