The BEST Episodes of Waking the Dead

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Jul 24, 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 8.23
31 votes
Waterloo (1)

#2 - Waterloo (1)

Season 9 - Episode 9

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

star 7.89
35 votes
Yahrzeit (2)

#3 - 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 7.88
33 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 7.88
32 votes
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 7.81
32 votes
Directors: Edward Bennett
Writers: Richard Warlow
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 7.79
24 votes
Directors: Edward Bennett
Writers: Ed Whitmore
Missing Persons (2)

#7 - 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 7.77
26 votes
Directors: Tim Fywell
Writers: Declan Croghan
Walking on Water (2)

#8 - 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 7.73
26 votes
Directors: David Thacker
Writers: Stephen Davis
Harbinger (2)

#9 - 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 7.73
33 votes
Directors: Mark Jobst
Writers: Ed Whitmore
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 7.70
30 votes
Directors: David Thacker
Writers: Laurence Davey, Declan Croghan
Solidarity (1)

#11 - 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
Duty and Honour(2)

#12 - Duty and Honour(2)

Season 7 - Episode 6

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

star 7.69
29 votes
Directors: Robert Bierman
Writers: Adrian Mead
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 7.67
33 votes
End of the Night (1)

#14 - 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 7.66
32 votes
Pieta (2)

#15 - 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)

#16 - 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
Missing Persons (1)

#17 - 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 7.61
36 votes
Directors: Tim Fywell
Writers: Declan Croghan
Skin (1)

#18 - 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 7.60
35 votes
Directors: Edward Bennett
Writers: Clive Bradley, Declan Croghan
Deathwatch (1)

#19 - 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 7.60
30 votes
Writers: Stephen Davis
Sins (1)

#20 - 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 7.59
29 votes
Directors: Daniel Percival
Writers: Declan Croghan
Special Relationship (1)

#21 - 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 7.58
26 votes
Directors: David Thacker
Writers: Stephen Davis
Harbinger (1)

#22 - Harbinger (1)

Season 9 - Episode 1

Boyd has to break in a new team member of equal rank, Detective Superintendent Sarah Cavendish, a high-flyer recently grounded by a hushed-up failed operation.After the empty and abandoned car of banker Donald Rees is discovered threee years after he went missing, Boyd decides to take on the case in an effort help the man's family find some closure with their lives.

star 7.56
39 votes
Directors: Marc Jobst
Writers: Ed Whitmore
Subterraneans (1)

#23 - 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 7.56
25 votes
Skin (2)

#24 - Skin (2)

Season 7 - Episode 8

When they do some digging into the man's past, they discover the deceased was not who he claimed to be, but in fact he had a hidden agenda of his own.

star 7.55
29 votes
Directors: Edward Bennett
Writers: Clive Bradley, Declan Croghan
Walking on Water (1)

#25 - Walking on Water (1)

Season 3 - Episode 3

When a convicted killer is cleared at appeal for the murder of his adoptive father ten years previously, Boyd is not convinced that the man is innocent. But the only way to find out is to track down the rest of the family - and with a big inheritance at stake, both parties appear to have a lot to hide..

star 7.55
29 votes
Directors: David Thacker
Writers: Stephen Davis