Tuesday 3 April 2012

Silent Witness gets better

Those of you who have followed my antics from the start may remember one of my very early blog posts (On the set), in which I advised (well, visited, sat around and drank tea is probably more accurate) the cast and crew of Silent Witness about forensic anthropology. You might be interested to note that the episodes in question are due to be aired this week. The episodes are called And Then I Fell in Love (Part 1 and Part 2), and air on BBC1 at 9pm on Easter Sunday and Monday. Look out for the woman squashed into a suitcase - I helped to make her look more realistic by painting her with gravy browning. I also suggested that they increase the moisture content in the suitcase considerably, and I even got a chance to coach Emilia Fox on how to take some craniometric measurements and use spreading callipers - but she knew most of it already.


  1. Dear Dr Williams

    I apologise that my question is rather unrelated to your blog post. I am currently undertaking my PhD in Organic Chemistry; I however have had a long withstanding interest in Forensics and Human Osteology. I wanted to ask your advice on the possibility of applying chemistry to the study of trauma in human bones in a forensic setting.
    Thanks for your help.

  2. Hi Marshmallow, thanks for commenting. Why don't you email me with your questions and we can have more of a discussion. I'm at a.williams@cranfield.ac.uk