Fans of hit BBC crime drama Silent Witness will doubtless be sad to hear that actor Tom Ward is quitting the show this month, having played the role of Dr Harry Cunningham for the last 10 years.
His exit storyline will first see him finally “making a go of things” with Dr Nikki Alexander (Emilia Fox) but after they move in together, he is offered a professorship in New York, and she will realise she doesn’t want to go with him.
So as he sails off into the sunset, Nikki will be left heartbroken.
While speaking to the Daily Mirror, BBC drama chief Kate Harwood said of Tom’s departure, “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.
“We’ll miss him so much and wish him all the best…”
The paper adds, “Tom’s final episode features a storyline involving child sex grooming and it was postponed out of sensitivity while the Rochdale paedophile ring was dealt with by the courts.”
However, in the spirit of one-out-one-in, or rather two in, during the show’s new series – which begins early in 2013 – we’ll meet two new stars and characters in the form of actor David Caves, who’ll play a new forensic scientist on the SW block, Jack Hodgson, and his lab assistant Clarissa Mullery, who’ll be played by Liz Carr.
Of casting David in the role of Jack, the show’s writer, Tim Prager, said, “I felt the show could use a shot of testosterone – he is intuitive rather than academic.
“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’s naughty younger brother.”
Meanwhile, Liz, who presents on the BBC’s Ouch! podcast, said of her new role, “I’m loving playing a character who’s witty, smart and sarcastic.
“It makes me giggle that I’m a forensics expert.
“At school I couldn’t study chemistry and physics because the labs weren’t wheelchair accessible. Ah, the irony.”
Will you miss Tom?