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Check out the new pictures from the BBC showing exclusive shots of newcomer David Caves with Emilia Fox in the upcoming series 16 of Silent Witness.

The arrival of David Caves in his first TV role as forensic scientist Jack Hodgson follows yesterdays news that Tom Ward has left the role of Harry Cunningham after ten series.

David has a theatre background, having recently played Petruchio in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s The Taming of the Shrew, as well as a number of productions by international theatre company Cheek By Jowl.

Straight-talking and disarmingly quick-witted, Jack is one of the youngest forensic scientists in the country. What he lacks in experience, he more than makes up for in talent and dedication.

David says: “I was absolutely surprised and delighted to be part of a show that has been running as long as Silent Witness. It is a big change for me having just done theatre up to this point, but it’s very exciting to play a brand new part and the freedom that gives you. I’m having a lot of fun”.

Kate Harwood, BBC Controller, Series and Serials Drama, says: “As a forensic scientist Jack is a change of direction for Silent Witness. He will take us into stories in different and exciting ways. He will be a fantastic, physical and lively presence on the team and we are so enjoying the change of pace and energy.”

Series 16 of Silent Witness is due to air on BBC One in early 2013.

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