The Silence (2010 drama)
|Written by||Fiona Seres|
|Directed by||Dearbhla Walsh|
|Theme music composer||John Lunn|
|Country of origin||England|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||4|
|Executive producer(s)||George Faber
Una Ni Dhonghaile
|Running time||60 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Company Pictures|
|Original network||BBC One|
|Original release||12 July 2010– 15 July 2010|
The Silence is a BBC One 4-part prime-time crime thriller/family drama about a deaf girl who witnesses a murder, first broadcast between 12–15 July 2010. The drama stars deaf actress Genevieve Barr (in her first major role following her successful screen debut in Channel 4's The Amazing Dermot), alongside Dervla Kirwan, Gina McKee, Hugh Bonneville and Douglas Henshall. It was directed by Dearbhla Walsh.
The Silence is set in and around Bristol, south-western England. The plot centres around Amelia, portrayed by Genevieve Barr, an eighteen-year-old struggling to integrate into a hearing world following cochlear implantation, who witnesses the murder of a police officer. The subsequent investigation unravels a net of police corruption.
DCI Jim Edwards (Henshall) is investigating a gang execution, and invites Amelia, his niece, to stay with him for respite and to help her to hear using her recent implant. Amelia has overprotective parents, Anne and Chris (McKee and Bonneville), and relishes the chance to party with her cousins Tom, Joel and Sophie (Ferrier, Kane and Oldfield). While there, Amelia witnesses the murder of Jane Shilladay (O'Grady), a policewoman who works for the domestic violence unit and is romantically involved with colleague and amateur boxer Rocky (Campbell). By lip-reading CCTV footage, Amelia provides Edwards with a link between the two apparently unrelated murders, and recognises a member of the drug squad as one of the killers. He keeps her evidence and identity a secret in order to protect her, putting his career at risk, but their lives become endangered when he begins to unravel police corruption within the drug squad.
The Edwards family becomes victimised by the drugs squad, with Jim Edwards' wife Maggie (Kirwan) being harassed by policeman Mac (Hallett), and son Tom being framed, by Mac and Rocky, for conspiracy to deal drugs along with Ely (Nevern), Sophie's boyfriend.
- Genevieve Barr - Amelia
- Gina McKee - Anne
- Hugh Bonneville - Chris
- Douglas Henshall - DCI Jim Edwards
- Dervla Kirwan - Maggie Edwards
- Harry Ferrier - Tom Edwards
- Tom Kane - Joel Edwards
- Rebecca Oldfield - Sophie Edwards
- Jody Latham - Roach
- Rod Hallet - DCI Peter "Mac" MacKinnon
- Eimear O'Grady - Jane Shilladay
- David Westhead - Frank
- Mark Stobbart - Lee
- Richie Campbell - Rocky
- Del Synnott - Terry
- Nick Nevern - Ely
- Shazad Latif - Yousef
- Rebecca Dunne - Issy
- Catriona Martin - Paula
- Lara Steward - Maxine
- Emmet Kirwan - Custody Officer
- Press Pack: The Silence, 7 July 2010, www.bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 15 July 2010.
- The Silence:Episodes 1 and 2, 7 July 2010, www.bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 15 July 2010.
- The Silence, 7 July 2010, www.bbc.co.uk. Retrieved on 14 July 2010.
- The Silence:Gina McKee (Anna), 7 July 2010, www.bbc.co.uk. Retrieved on 14 July 2010.