Monday, 6 August 2012
Tom Ward to leave Silent Witness
Silent Witness fans are about to be stunned into silence – heart-throb Tom Ward is quitting the show.
Tom’s much-loved character, Dr Harry Cunningham, will depart this month after 10 years in the BBC crime drama series.
(Warning: article contains spoilers).
Harry will bow out in a two-part episode when he finally makes a go of things with sidekick Dr Nikki Alexander – played by Emilia Fox – after a tortured love affair.
They will move in together but their happiness is shortlived because forensic pathologist Harry decides to move to New York to take up a professorship.
BBC drama series supremo Kate Harwood heaped praise on Tom, 41, who is moving on to new projects.
She said: “Silent Witness owes a great debt to the talented Tom Ward who has given us our beloved Harry with wit, style and passion for 10 seasons.
“We’ll miss him so much and wish him all the best.”
Tom’s final episode features a storyline involving child sex grooming and it was postponed out of sensitivity while the Rochdale paedophile ring was dealt with by the courts.
The show’s six million viewers will be seeing two new cast members in the 16th series which will be screened early next year.
Rising theatre star David Caves joins as forensic scientist and part-time cage fighter Jack Hodgson.
Writer Tim Prager said: “I felt the show could use a shot of testosterone – he is intuitive rather than academic. His volatility adds something different to the other characters, who are more cerebral.
“He is impulsive, full of feeling, emotionally volatile, warm and clever. Jack is like Nikki’s naughty younger brother.”
David said he was “surprised and delighted” to land the role.
He added: “It is a big change for me having just done theatre up to this point, but it’s very exciting to play a new part.”
And in a first for a prime-time BBC1 series, his lab assistant Clarissa Mullery will be played by a wheelchair user, Liz Carr.
Comedian Liz, who presents on the BBC’s Ouch! podcast, said: “I’m loving playing a character who’s witty, smart and sarcastic.
“It makes me giggle that I’m a forensics expert.
“At school I couldn’t study chemistry and physics because the labs weren’t wheelchair accessible. Ah, the irony.”
Source: The Mirror