Silent Witness Nikki to face old foe 10 years after gun terror ordeal

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Silent Witness fans have been anxious for the drama to make a comeback, as its latest series’ release date was pushed back. Typically, the BBC show airs new episodes in January, but with filming delays caused by the pandemic, season 24 hasn’t even started yet. But there is no need to wait much longer, as Silent Witness returns this evening, Monday, September 6.

WARNING: This article contains spoilers from Silent Witness.

Ten years ago, Silent Witness aired Shadows Part One and Two when teenager Jason Renfrew (Robert Bertrand) had died by suicide at his university.

He took his own life as he could no longer cope with listening to his friend Scott Weston’s (Elliott Tittensor), who had planned, with the help of their other friend Neil Corrigan (Toby Wharton), to shoot at those on the campus.

They also managed to create a bomb and plant it somewhere on the site of the university.

It was revealed later that both Jason and Neil were being forcibly persuaded to do this by Scott.

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The entire university went into lockdown with Nikki and Harry Cunningham (Tom Ward) trapped inside with the shooter, along with other civilians.

Jason took his own life because of it and Neil showed remorse for going ahead with the plan when Nikki did get to speak to him, but it was too late, as he was shot down by armed police.

Scott had already murdered several people by the time he was also stopped and taken to prison for his actions.

Now, a decade later, Silent Witness is going to revisit this storyline, which sees the return of Scott, who remains in prison.

In Redemption: Part 1, Nikki and Jack Hodgson (David Cave) will be investigating the murder of a prisoner.

During this time, Nikki is going to come across Scott who is appealing his prison sentence, much to her shock.

Speaking to press, including Express.co.uk, about revisiting Shadows, actress Fox said: “Well it’s a story that I feel I revisit quite a lot, because people who like the show and watch it often say it’s one of the episodes they enjoyed and as a story, I loved it.

“It was brilliantly written by Dudi Appleton and Jim Keeble and directed by Farren Blackburn and it is, without doubt, one of my favourite storylines over the years that we have ever done.”

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Fox also praised the actor behind the episode’s villain Scott Weston.

She continued: “I was really excited that we were revisiting that story and revisiting the character of Scott Weston who was so brilliantly played by Elliott Tittensor and then seeing him all these years later.

“He is a totally electric actor to work with and so I was both happy as a character – even though it was a traumatic storyline – and in real life, to be revisiting Shadows.”

“It was really weird, it was like being fast-forwarded or rewind, I’m not quite sure which way.

“He’s such a wam, lovely person Elliot, it’s hard taking him as the baddie character but my goodness we should be seeing a lot more of him on telly.

Season 24 will be made up of 10 episodes, with two airing every week on Mondays and Tuesdays.

The long-running drama won’t be stopping any time soon though, fans will be delighted to hear.

Silent Witness has already been given the green light for season 25, which is expected to air in early 2022.

Silent Witness season 24 starts tonight, Monday, September 6, at 9pm on BBC One.

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