BBC film 'major crime scene' for Silent Witness on Pier Head

By Alan Weston

A sunny Pier Head was transformed into a major crime scene today as part of filming for a long-running BBC serial.

The realistic crime scene, being filmed as part of Silent Witness, included a massive blue-and-white forensics tent which was set up near the Museum of Liverpool.

The star of the show, Emilia Fox - who plays forensic pathologist Dr Nikki Alexander - could be seen on the set in a white forensics suit.

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Film crews could also be seen with white boards and camera equipment as work continued on the new series.

The crime drama is now in its 24th series and concerns the personal and professional challenges of a team of forensic pathology experts who investigate heinous crimes and use their skills to catch the people responsible.

One of the most distinctive features of Silent Witness is its focus on the post mortem process. The pathologists spend much of their time in the Lyell Centre's laboratory, so a huge amount of effort is spent ensuring this aspect of the series is as intriguing and authentic as possible

For this reason, however, it's not for the squeamish.

The series is now in its 25th year and previously starred former Brookside actor Amanda Burton as the primary character. This is believed to be the first time the series has been filmed in Liverpool.

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