Waking the Dead (2000–2011)
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Yahrzeit: Part 2 

When the team begins looking into the Dusnia Family, they find that their DNA does not match.


Tim Fywell


Declan Croghan, Barbara Machin (creator)


Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Trevor Eve ... Detective Superintendent Peter Boyd
Sue Johnston ... Dr. Grace Foley
Tara Fitzgerald ... Dr. Eve Lockhart
Wil Johnson ... DI Spencer Jordan
Félicité Du Jeu Félicité Du Jeu ... DC Stella Goodman
Sophie Tait Sophie Tait ... Bernadetta Dusniak
Andrew Armour Andrew Armour ... Marek Dusniak (as Andy Armour)
Ania Sowinski ... Adriane Dusniak
Richard Klvac Richard Klvac ... Young Marek Dusniak
Saskia Schuck Saskia Schuck ... Hanna Muller
Rupert Wickham Rupert Wickham ... Young Heiss
Hollie Sullivan ... Frieda
Carsten Hayes ... Dr. Joseph Mengele
Corey J. Smith Corey J. Smith ... Young Eric (as Corey J Smith)
Roisin Goodall Roisin Goodall ... Young Gaby (as Roisin Goodhall)


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As the investigation continues, the police learn, through DNA tests that the Dusniak family may not be what they pretend to be. Boyd and the team must piece together a complex tale of deception and identity theft that ultimately reveals some of the horrors of WW II and the Nazi medical experiments. Boyd and the Mossad agent develop a personal relationship. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery



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Detective Superintendent Peter Boyd: Why does a grandmother kidnap a grandson?
Abigail Dusniak: I'm sure you'll come up with a reason.
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Brings together everything that is excellent about "Waking the Dead"
12 June 2019 | by hindsonevansmikeSee all my reviews

In 2019, one of the UK satellite channels is broadcasting (either side of midnight) the back-catalogue of "Waking the Dead". The original two-parters are being shown in one continuous episode (apart from the adverts on "Drama" channel - fair enough, they need to make money!)

We occasionally caught the odd episode of WtD during the original broadcast, but this time the stories merit a further look (even if you sometimes fall asleep!).

This episode casts long shadows back to 1945 (and beyond), covering Jewish oppression, Nazi malfeasance (even Joseph Mengele gets a mention!) and a reminder that "nothing disappears forever".

The scrip is well-written, the ensemble cast bounce off each other and the layers of history - like the layers of flooring in the old man's house - are peeled back to reveal the truth.

Peter Boyd gets a love interest (Played with feline grace by Michelle Forbes) in a side-line which continues into the next story in this season.

This was tense, taut, well-detailed (without overkill - pardon the pun!) and a thoroughly enthralling two-hour story.

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English | German

Release Date:

19 February 2007 (UK) See more »

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16 : 9
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