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The Unforgiven

The BBC Radio 4 Prequel to Waking the Dead
Narrated by: full cast, Sue Johnston
Length: 3 hrs and 39 mins
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Summary

A gripping five-part crime thriller set 15 years before Waking the Dead.

Set in 1984 – a world without DNA, CCTV, mobiles, or the internet – The Unforgiven, reveals how the iconic Waking the Dead team got together, before they became an official cold case unit. 

Trouble erupts as a serial killer launches a huge legal appeal against his conviction, claiming police corruption, and pointing the finger directly at young DC Peter Boyd – and implicating forensic scientist, Frankie Wharton. With Boyd forced to disappear, criminal profiler, Grace Foley, and cops, Spencer Jordan, and Mel Silver, join Frankie to clear their names and save Boyd from disgrace and possible prison. Told over five days, with each character taking turns to tell their story, this heart-stopping case sees them racing to beat the clock as the unthinkable unfolds. 

Written by Barbara Machin, who created Waking the Dead for BBC1, this electrifying drama stars the original cast of the Emmy-winning hit TV series – Sue Johnston, Holly Aird, Claire Goose and Wil Johnson.

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  • Abbie Hopping
  • 06-01-20

Nice to hear from old friends

Enjoyed hearing new story from a old favorite. Story had holes and changed timeline from show, some very noticeable! Missed Trevor Eve, nice hearing from original cast, wondered if Eve had been available if story would have been written different! Over all very enjoyable to long time fan of series. Hope they do another one, or reboot show!