Fans are curious about Silent Witness season 24. Has a 2021 release date been confirmed? When can audiences expect it?

A wealth of great shows and movies reached our screens in 2020, from TV titles such as The Queen’s Gambit to highly anticipated blockbusters like Tenet.

However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a number of titles were delayed, and audiences are recently discovering such is the case with Silent Witness season 24.

Created by Nigel McCrery, this British crime drama centres on forensic pathology experts and premiered back in 1996. It has seen a wide range of talents come aboard over the years, and for the last eight years, audiences have been invited to tuck into a new season every January.

Unfortunately, that has not been the case this year, but when can fans expect it back?

Silent Witness Series 23 (BBC)


Silent Witness season 24: 2021 release date?

  • A Silent Witness season 24 release date is yet to be confirmed. However, updates suggest that it will air in early 2021.

The show’s executive producer – Jo McClellan– has acknowledged the delay: “Series 24 is going to be brilliant and, although fans will have to wait a little while longer than usual to see it, I promise them it is worth it!”

While there’s no way of telling just how long “a little while longer” is, it doesn’t sound like fans will have to wait for a great deal longer, especially considering when the latest season went into production.

As highlighted by the Radio Times, Emilia Fox confirmed on Instagram that new episodes were being filmed in September 2020.

So, perhaps new episodes will begin premiering early this year.

There will be 10 episodes in total which bring five stories to the screen. So, what else can we expect?

Silent Witness season 24: What to expect

Of course, Emilia Fox will return to reprise the role of Dr Nikki Alexander, alongside David Caves as Jack Hodgson.

On the other hand, the Radio Times confirms that Richard Lintern (Lyell Centre boss Thomas Chamberlain) and Liz Carr (forensics expert Clarissa Mullery) won’t be back for season 24.

Thomas’ exit is pretty self-explanatory, considering the character’s departure in the previous season. As for Clarissa, she earlier explained: “I just know, deep down – that it’s time for me to move on, to focus less on the dead and more on the living. On life.”

Liz reflected on her time on the show, saying:

“I am incredibly proud that I leave as a main character in one of the BBC’s landmark dramas. Silent Witness has given me such an amazing opportunity to develop as an actor but I know this is the right time to take a leap of faith, leaving what I know and seeing what other opportunities await.”

Executive producer Richard Stokes added that both of the “much loved characters… will be missed by us all at The Lyell.”

Out with the old and in with the new, the show ushers in Jason Wong as Adam Yuen. Addressing the experience, he said: “I am so excited to be joining Silent Witness, like everyone else I have been a huge fan of the show for years and to be becoming part of the family feels like a huge privilege. I can’t wait for audiences to see all we have in store for them in this new series.”

Looking even further ahead, Silent Witness is already renewed for season 25 too, with next year marking its 25th anniversary.

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