Waking the Dead (2000–2011)
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Blind Beggar: Part 1 

A skeleton is discovered during building work at a church.


Robert Knights


Barbara Machin (creator), John Milne

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Episode complete credited cast:
Trevor Eve ... Detective Superintendent Peter Boyd
Sue Johnston ... Dr. Grace Foley
Holly Aird ... Dr. Frankie Wharton
Claire Goose ... DC Amelia 'Mel' Silver
Wil Johnson ... DS Spencer Jordan
Annette Crosbie ... Moira Bowen
James Hayes James Hayes ... James Bowen
Con O'Neill ... Colm Hare
Peter Warnock Peter Warnock ... Father Kevin Ryan
Barry Morse ... Father Sebastian Stuart
Caroline O'Neill ... Linsey Carr
Alan Leith Alan Leith ... Tom Carr
Heather Bleasdale Heather Bleasdale ... Bridget Sullivan
Justin Pickett Justin Pickett ... Trevor Wright


When a skeleton is discovered in a Church crypt, Boyd and his team suspect it was never meant to be found. The team interview the local community and awaken deeply hidden family secrets. Frankie learns that the skeleton and a priest may be related as both show symptoms of Huntington's Chorea. She discovers the remains are those of a young man who had been buried for 20 years with various ritual items. The hunt is on for the killer and the victim's mother. Meanwhile, the investigation opens old wounds for Boyd, still in despair over the disappearance of his own son. Written by Anonymous

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

25 June 2001 (UK) See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK

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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR


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Did You Know?


Trevor Eve (Det Supt Peter Boyd) & Caroline O'Neill (Linsey Carr) also worked together on episode 1.4 Unforgotten: Episode #1.4 (2015) of Unforgotten (2015) as Sir Phillip Cross & Joanna Bridges respectively. See more »


Detective Superintendent Peter Boyd: Aren't we just dealing with archaeology here?
Dr. Frankie Wharton: Whattaya mean?
Detective Superintendent Peter Boyd: Somebody found a lot of old bones and poured concrete over them because they couldn't be bothered to deal with it.
Dr. Frankie Wharton: No, because there's liquefaction, and that sickly smell. Now, that body was flesh and blood when it was put in there, concrete pored on the top. You will see that the flesh has turned into a sort of syrup. I mean, one sniff and you'll never want to eat another mince pie!
Detective Superintendent Peter Boyd: Was it a male mince pie or a female mince pie?
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Traditional Irish folk ballad
Sung by James Hayes in pub
Also used as an instrumental theme throughout the episode
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I only wish the British would outgrow their anti-Catholic bigotry.
12 June 2018 | by skyking-14See all my reviews

Typically excellent British mystery series hampered by their centuries old anti-Catholic bigotry. They simply cannot seem to do a series that does not spend an inordinate amount of time bashing religion in general, and Catholicism in particular. A sad legacy of a nation who based their break from Catholicism on the serial adultery of Henry VIII and the violent persecutions of Oliver Cromwell. This should be a reminder to all Americans of the reality that the 1st Amendment protections of religion in America were intended to protect religion from government, rather than the other way around! Our founding fathers rejected the concept by which the Church of England was the official church of the state, with the monarch as its head.

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