A few months ago rumours swirled that one of the main characters of one of the BBC’s biggest dramas was leaving. Today, and after keeping my mouth shut for months, I can confirm the rumours are true. Tom Ward (Harry Cunningham) will not be returning for the 16th series of forensic crime drama Silent Witness. Ward had played the part for 10 years and has decided to leave the show to allow him to move on to new projects.
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,” said BBC Drama’s Kate Harwood.
“We’ll miss him so much and wish him all the best.”
The sixteenth series of Silent Witness – due to air in early 2013 – will introduce two new series regulars, with David Caves and Liz Carr joining the show.
Caves will play “forensic scientist and part-time cage fighter” Jack Hodgson, with writer Tim Prager promising that the character will deliver “a shot of testosterone” to the long-running thriller.
“He is intuitive rather than academic,” Prager explained. “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 (Emilia Fox)’s naughty younger brother.”
Carr will play Hodgson’s lab assistant Clarissa Mullery and described her character as “witty, smart and sarcastic”.
Ward’s last appearance in the series will be seen later in this month when the BBC finally airs the long awaited held back episode from Series 15 entitled “And then I Fall in Love”
We already know Ward will guest star in the second series of BBC1’s Death in Paradise and he can also be seen in the Christmas Special of BBC favourite Doctor Who.
Silent Witness will return for a full 16th series in 2013.