Their will they-won’t they relationship between Harry Cunningham and Nikki Alexander that has gripped viewers on the hit BBC crime drama is finally coming to an end this month. Tom Ward, who plays Dr Harry, is quitting the show after a two-part episode.
And fans of the series will be delighted to see that his character finally attempts to make a life together with Nikki, played by Emilia Fox, 38. However, romance never runs smoothly with the pair, and Harry eventually decides to head over to New York to become a professor of forensic pathology.
Ward, 41, joined the series the show in 2002, and BBC Head of Series and Serials, Kate Harwood, said: ‘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 show, which is in its 15th series, regularly attracts six million viewers, focuses on a team of forensic experts. Ward’s final episode will revolve around a child sex grooming plot line, and was postponed during the Rochdale paedophile ring trial.
Talking about their character’s relationship in March, Fox said, “It’s a really difficult thing. Everyone’s aware of wanting Harry and Nikki to be together and they should be together. But if you get them together, then what happens?”
Ward added: ‘When they are together, you either keep them together which is quite dull within the confines of a crime show, or we split them up immediately, which is sad and not really what an audience wants particularly.’
The 16th series, which will be released next year, will feature new actors, including part time cage fighter Jack Hodgson. Writer Tim Prager explained, “I felt the show could use a shot of testosterone – he is intuitive rather than academic. His volatility adds something to the other characters, who are more cerebral.”