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Mortician Carla Valentine takes you from the mortuary to the scene of a crime to find out how a body got to her slab.

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Mortician Carla Valentine takes you from the mortuary to the scene of a crime to find out how a body got to her slab.

    9. The Absent Smile: Chapter Three

    9. The Absent Smile: Chapter Three

    When a man died on a hillside, nobody knew who he was.

    But a local journalist was determined to find out.

    This was somebody’s son, somebody’s friend. Someone must be missing him.

    The eyes are the window to the soul. But the teeth hold many secrets. Could Caroline Wilkinson’s facial reconstruction be key to solving the case?

    This episode includes references to death, decay and dissection, which some listeners may find distressing. Our victim is fictional, but the science and the scientists are very real.

    A Whistledown production for BBC Sounds.


    Presenter: Carla Valentine

    George the Pathologist: Matt Addis

    The Voice: Jude Akuwudike

    Liam: Jamie Quinn

    Producer: Nina Kruse

    Co-Producer and Sound Designer: Steve Bond

    Executive Producer: Deborah Dudgeon

    Writer: Nina Millns

    Script Editor: David K. Barnes

    Original Music: Aaron May

    Vocals: Alyssa

    Production Team: Kate Holland, Mend Mariwany

    • 29 min
    8. The Absent Smile: Chapter Two

    8. The Absent Smile: Chapter Two

    Fresh, Bloat, Active Decay, Advanced Decay and Dry Remains. There’s a rhythm and a pattern to decomposition.

    This body, found on a hillside, is in Active Decay. Flies are swarming, maggots wriggling.

    But could these unseen undertakers of the insect world tell us more about how long the body had been there?

    Forensic entomologist Clive Warsop and Forensic Odontologist Scheila Manica continue their investigations.

    This episode includes references to death, decay and dissection, which some listeners may find distressing. Our victim is fictional, but the science and the scientists are very real.

    A Whistledown production for BBC Sounds.


    Presenter: Carla Valentine

    George the Pathologist: Matt Addis

    The Voice: Jude Akuwudike

    Liam: Jamie Quinn

    Producer: Nina Kruse

    Co-Producer and Sound Designer: Steve Bond

    Executive Producer: Deborah Dudgeon

    Writer: Nina Millns

    Script Editor: David K. Barnes

    Original Music: Aaron May

    Vocals: Alyssa

    Production Team: Kate Holland, Mend Mariwany

    • 26 min
    7. The Absent Smile: Chapter One

    7. The Absent Smile: Chapter One

    For Carla Valentine, the mortuary has always been her place of sanctuary. The constant cold, the passing through of bodies, it can be a predictably ordered place.

    But sometimes, something a little different happens.

    A human jawbone, washed up on a shore near Dundee, has the locals in a state of confusion and concern. And the mortician eager to know more.

    Whose jawbone was it? And where was the rest of them? While forensic dentist Scheila Manica examines the jawbone for clues, the police call in forensic entomologist Clive Warsop to help them with another gruesome discovery.

    This episode includes references to death, decay and dissection, which some listeners may find distressing. Our victim is fictional, but the science and the scientists are very real.

    A Whistledown production for BBC Sounds.


    Presenter: Carla Valentine

    George the Pathologist: Matt Addis

    The Voice: Jude Akuwudike

    Liam: Jamie Quinn

    Producer: Nina Kruse

    Co-Producer and Sound Designer: Steve Bond

    Executive Producer: Deborah Dudgeon

    Writer: Nina Millns

    Script Editor: David K. Barnes

    Original Music: Aaron May

    Vocals: Alyssa

    Production Team: Kate Holland, Mend Mariwany

    • 26 min
    6. Blood Lines: Chapter Three

    6. Blood Lines: Chapter Three

    One elderly victim. Two weapons. But only one person in custody.

    When Margaret Thompson was killed, it felt like an open and shut case. But new evidence suggests the key suspect didn’t do it alone.

    A killer could still be out there.

    So why’s Professor Ruth Morgan taking a casual walk in the park?

    This episode includes references to death, violence and dissection, which some listeners may find distressing. Our victim is fictional, but the science and the scientists are very real.

    A Whistledown production for BBC Sounds.

    Presenter: Carla Valentine

    George the Pathologist: Matt Addis

    The Voice: Jude Akuwudike

    Producer: Kate Holland

    Co-Producer and Sound Designer: Steve Bond

    Executive Producer: Deborah Dudgeon

    Writer: Nina Millns

    Script Editor: David K. Barnes

    Original Music: Aaron May

    Vocals: Alyssa

    Production Team: Nina Kruse, Mend Mariwany

    • 27 min
    5. Blood Lines: Chapter Two

    5. Blood Lines: Chapter Two

    In the mortuary, Carla Valentine has been asked to remove a crucial clue from Mrs Thompson’s body. A section of her damaged skull.

    Because there could be more to these fatal injuries than meets the eye.

    And to see them in all their minutiae, could reveal that the devil truly is in the detail. Enter engineer Professor Mark Williams.

    This episode includes references to death, violence and dissection, which some listeners may find distressing. Our victim is fictional, but the science and the scientists are very real.

    A Whistledown production for BBC Sounds.

    Presenter: Carla Valentine

    George the Pathologist: Matt Addis

    The Voice: Jude Akuwudike

    Producer: Kate Holland

    Co-Producer and Sound Designer: Steve Bond

    Executive Producer: Deborah Dudgeon

    Writer: Nina Millns

    Script Editor: David K. Barnes

    Original Music: Aaron May

    Vocals: Alyssa

    Production Team: Nina Kruse, Mend Mariwany

    • 25 min
    4. Blood Lines: Chapter One

    4. Blood Lines: Chapter One

    When Mrs Thompson said goodbye to her handyman, she knew he’d come back the next day.

    And he did. But she was lying in a pool of her own blood, dead on the kitchen floor.

    Or at least, that’s what he told the police.

    Could Jo Millington's bloodstain pattern analysis help piece together Margaret final moments?

    This episode includes references to death, violence and dissection, which some listeners may find distressing. Our victim is fictional, but the science and the scientists are very real.

    A Whistledown production for BBC Sounds.

    Presenter: Carla Valentine

    George the Pathologist: Matt Addis

    The Voice: Jude Akuwudike

    Producer: Kate Holland

    Co-Producer and Sound Designer: Steve Bond

    Executive Producer: Deborah Dudgeon

    Writer: Nina Millns

    Script Editor: David K. Barnes

    Original Music: Aaron May

    Vocals: Alyssa

    Production Team: Nina Kruse, Mend Mariwany

    • 26 min

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