Tara Fitzgerald once again takes up her role as forensic pathologist Dr. Eve Lockhart from Waking The Dead in the BBC’s new original series The Body Farm…

The Body Farm follows a group of forensic scientists who are at the forefront of their field: human decomposition.

Episode 1 wastes no time delivering the gore. The walls of the crime scene are plastered in human remains; flesh flies and maggots are living in abundance. The visuals effects are all brilliantly disgusting.

Not something I could watch whilst enjoying spaghetti bolognaise, or most foods for that matter.

But, having great visuals is rather pointless if you don’t have a strong story and great characters.

It’s not that The Body Farm doesn’t have these qualities. Even though the story was slightly clunky in places, it mainly serves to highlight how the team deal with the emotions that arise with, well, dealing with people are actually alive.

Rosa’s was initially very keen when she found out she’d be working on an actual crime scene. Then she decided to get involved the Collins family, and towards the end found herself rather attached, especially with the comatose girl.

Mike originally had reservations about working with the police, but his child like grin when he arrives at the scene declaring “Nice crime scene”, was particularly unnerving. You can see in the future himself and DI Hale will clash a lot.

Oggy was the only character who strongly opposed the idea of working a crime scene ‘with actual people’.  The writers really made a point of the fact that Oggy isn’t “all there”, but in this particular episode, he didn’t do anything too alarming.

If anything, his nature provided some light hearted relief in an otherwise dark world.

There’s something I just can’t quite put my finger on with episode 1. For some reason, my impressions going into the show we’re that we’d focus a lot more on life at a body farm, the scientific processes and such that go there.

For example, there are two bio domes at the farm, one they call Tropical and the other Desert, which they use study how a body decomposes, but we only got to see a fleeting glance of these.

Maybe this is down to the fact the BBC initially announced a 90 minute special, so scenes were omitted to make the show fit 60 minutes instead.

Despite the nature of the team, all experts in forensic pathology, catching the bad guy seems to be very much at the fore front of the shows mind.  But I suppose that’s what happens when you accept helping out a police officer…

Levi St John

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