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Silent Witness fans baffled by prisoner’s unusual cause of death in new series

After many months of waiting, Series 24 of BBC One’s hit drama Silent Witness has finally returned to screens – and the first couple of episodes have not disappointed

Silent Witness: Pathologists investigate prisoner’s cause of death

Silent Witness is back with its 24th series after being delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

While fans were thrilled that the long-running BBC One drama had returned to their screens, many were distracted by the unusual way prisoner Jay died in Monday’s opening episode.

The second episode saw a breakthrough in the investigation after Jay died in suspicious circumstances.

Initially, Dr Nikki Alexander (played by Emilia Fox) was convinced that Jay had been killed by cellmate Scott Weston (played by Elliott Tittensor), then she believed the cause to be hypothermia.

This then changed to a food allergy, and finally a bee sting.

Dr Nikki Alexander was investigating his death


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After realising Jay may have suffered an anaphylactic shock, Nikki said: “There’s nothing in his notes.”

“Allergies can happen at any age,” Jack Hodgson (David Caves) replied.

“It could be a new thing.”

Eventually, thanks to a group of pathologists, it was concluded that Jay had an allergic reaction to a cream he was using which contained bee venom.

Dr Adam Yuen, Dr Nikki Alexander and Jack Hodgson


BBC/David Emery)

When Nikki found out Jay had been allergic to bee stings, she told Jack, who said: “So, he didn’t die as a result of the food he ate.”

“No,” she replied, adding: “I guess he was stung.”

Turns out, his mum intended to give him an allergic reaction, with the hope he would leave prison and go to the hospital for treatment so she could visit him.

Fans of the show couldn’t keep up with the changing storyline and took to Twitter to comment on it.

One person wrote: “I’ve lost count of the possible cause of death for this guy – beaten up, frozen, stamped on, or a bee sting #SilentWitness.”

Another commented: “Are they actually going to make their mind up about what killed this man??? #SilentWitness.”

A third wrote: “I’m also losing it at bee venom.”

“Who tf puts bee venom in skin cream!? that’s an accident waiting to happen #silentwitness,” said someone else.

Despite the episode confusing a number of people, the new series has been highly praised as one viewer said: “Totally gripped by the new episodes of silent witness. Back to gritty drama and some pretty realistic pathology. Hooked already. Refreshing new direction. Can’t wait for next week.”

Have you seen the new episode? Let us know what you thought of it in the comments.

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