Silent Witness star David Caves on his role as Dr Jack Hodgson and “fascinating” dead bodies! (VIDEO)

by Lynn Connolly

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Silent Witness returns to BBC1 tonight at 9pm with the first of a two-part story entitled, True Love Waits, and will see David Caves starring as Dr Jack Hodgson…

And ahead of it, David has been speaking to TV Biz about his role, and also about the admiration he has for the artists who created the prosthetic dead bodies that we see on the show.

He also revealed that they’re often so convincing, he has the urge to “prod” them to see if they’re real!

David – who’s also currently filming his role as Berenger in Ironclad: Battle for Blood which is the sequel to 2011 movie, Ironclad – explained, “I’m not particularly squeamish, so the dead bodies didn’t bother me…

“But I was fascinated by the prosthetics.

“The effect is so incredible that I wanted to prod them to make sure they were real.

“A couple of times I had to do a double take, because I swore I saw a chest moving up and down.

“I don’t spend that much time in the cutting room, but when I am there I’m always watching and your mind does play tricks like that sometimes. It’s weird.”

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David then revealed that although he’s been tipped to take over the title of heartthrob on the show now that Tom Ward – who played Dr Harry Cunningham – has left, he says his character is very different to Harry.

He said, “Jack is a completely different guy — he has a different job and a different style, so he is definitely not a replacement for Harry.

“But he is a flirtatious person. He’s a little bit cheeky and he likes the ladies, so I think it’s fair to say there are a few skeletons in the closet.”

As mentioned, Silent Witness returns tonight at 9pm, but for now, here’s a promo clip and one of the show’s star Emelia Fox talking about the new episode…

Lynn is an editor and writer here at Unreality TV and is trained psychotherapist and the author of two books. She's addicted to soaps, period drama and reality TV shows such as X Factor, I'm A Celeb and Big Brother.