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The Silence 

An eighteen-year-old struggling to integrate into a hearing world following cochlear implantation witnesses the murder of a police officer. The subsequent investigation unravels a net of police corruption.
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Series cast summary:
Genevieve Barr ...  Amelia 4 episodes, 2010
Douglas Henshall ...  Jim 4 episodes, 2010
Dervla Kirwan ...  Maggie 4 episodes, 2010
Harry Ferrier Harry Ferrier ...  Tom 4 episodes, 2010
Gina McKee ...  Anne 4 episodes, 2010
Hugh Bonneville ...  Chris 4 episodes, 2010
Richie Campbell ...  Rocky 4 episodes, 2010
Rebecca Oldfield Rebecca Oldfield ...  Sophie 4 episodes, 2010
Del Synnott Del Synnott ...  Terry 4 episodes, 2010
Nick Nevern ...  Ely 4 episodes, 2010
Tom Kane ...  Joel 4 episodes, 2010
Rod Hallett ...  Mac 4 episodes, 2010
David Westhead ...  Frank 4 episodes, 2010
Mark Stobbart ...  Lee 4 episodes, 2010
Stefan Booth ...  Richard Gray 4 episodes, 2010
Jody Latham Jody Latham ...  Roach 3 episodes, 2010
Shazad Latif ...  Yousef 3 episodes, 2010
Laura Way ...  Robyn 2 episodes, 2010
Emmet Colgan Emmet Colgan ...  Rocky's Trainer 2 episodes, 2010
Josette Simon ...  Therapist 2 episodes, 2010
Rebecca Dunne Rebecca Dunne ...  Issy 2 episodes, 2010
Alison Lintott Alison Lintott ...  Receptionist 2 episodes, 2010
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An eighteen-year-old struggling to integrate into a hearing world following cochlear implantation witnesses the murder of a police officer. The subsequent investigation unravels a net of police corruption.

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12 July 2010 (UK) See more »

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The Silence See more »

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Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland

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Genevieve Barr was born deaf and normally uses hearing aids. For her role as Amelia, who has just had a cochlear implant fitted, she was required to remove her hearing aids. She also had to learn sign language which she had never done before because she had always relied on her hearing aids supplemented by lip reading. See more »

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Featured in Breakfast: Episode dated 12 July 2010 (2010) See more »

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Outstanding... until the end
15 August 2010 | by mattbgSee all my reviews

For three out of four episodes, this is outstanding TV that packs so much into one episode without feeling rushed that you've thoroughly enjoyed something in a short amount of time while perceiving it to have been much longer. To me, this is a feature of great writing.

But all the way through the fourth episode, it falls apart. The tight storytelling is gone from the very beginning of the final part. It meanders along without seeming to know where it's going and, to be honest, gets rather boring. It really does come across as if they ran out of money or the writer quit and walked off the project after part 3 and they decided to give the ending a go anyway and eventually just gave up.

I am tired of reading pretentious comments about the ending. It is not a misunderstood ending or an anti-Hollywood ending -- there simply is no ending and the story is terminated prematurely. This isn't a clever but unsettling ending that in the end makes you smile like the one in Sean Penn's "The Pledge". It simply stops before it finishes, which is why so many people are wondering about a fifth part or a 2nd series (which the BBC have said will not occur).

Even with all of that said, I still want to give it a high rating because the first three parts are so good. If I get the chance, I may go back and rewatch the final part to see if it gets better with age. But I don't think it will -- as I said, the problem isn't that the ending is unconventional or ambiguous but that the ending simply isn't there.

With a better ending, I would have given this a 10.


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