Murderclues of Real Silent Witnesses

The Evening Standard (London, England), January 20, 2006 | Go to article overview

Murderclues of Real Silent Witnesses


Byline: IMOGEN RIDGWAY

Timewatch: The Bog Bodies

9pm, BBC2

FORGET the history; there's an idea for a new crime drama here - Waking The Dead meets Silent Witness, perhaps. We've got human remains, a glamorous pathologist and brutal attacks.

Does anyone have Amanda Burton's phone number?

Timewatch's story takes place in Ireland, and begins with Eadaoin Campbell, a female police photographer who describes how she came across "probably one of the most amazing sights I've ever seen in my life" at a crime scene in 2003.

Human remains had been discovered in a bog in Co Offally, preserved because the peat had halted decomposition.

Cameras follow the body's arrival at the National Museum of Ireland, where details such as skin creases and fingernails (eerily gruesome) emerged as the peat was removed.

Ireland's state pathologist Professor Marie Cassidy - who likes to examine her cases sporting a glam lacy top - had a look, and the museum team established that it was a very tall male.

However, they also deduced that he had been tortured, stabbed and beheaded.

Three months previously another body had been unearthed, 25 miles away from the first.

This one was a lot smaller, and had a head - although the skull had been smashed. Intriguing enough, but the programme's really interesting bits are still to come. If you can cope with soiled bodies and talk of dismemberment, two fascinating stories emerge.

Although when the plot is repackaged as a Sunday-Monday two-part drama, you can bet those nasty parts will be even more gruesome.

The World According To Google

7pm, BBC2

And we thought Google was simply a favoured conduit for wasting office time.

But Louise Baxter saved her daughter Miranda's sight after using the internet search engine to investigate a growing birthmark.

However, that is about your lot as far as human interest stories go in this profile of Google. Presenter Rajan Datar looks at the hugely successful company, profiling new products that will pit Google against Microsoft, and examining the phenomenon known as "click-fraud". …

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