History Cold Case

History Cold Case
GenreTelevision documentary
Directed byMike Taylor
Neil Ferguson
Harvey Lilley
Narrated byLaurence Fox
Stephen Mangan
Theme music composerRob Lord
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes8
Executive producer(s)Natalie Humphreys; BBC Executive Cassian Harrison
Running time57 minutes
Production company(s)Red Planet Pictures / Shine
DistributorShine Group
Original networkBBC Two
Picture format16:9 1080i
Audio formatOfficial website

History Cold Case is a British documentary television series in which scientists use modern forensic techniques to investigate ancient remains. Two series of History Cold Case aired on BBC Two between 6 May 2010 and 21 July 2011. The television series is recommended for age 17 and above due to graphic images and maturity.


Anthropologist Sue Black and her team at the Centre for Anatomy & Human Identification (CAHID) at the University of Dundee investigate human remains. They use forensic science, including radiocarbon dating, DNA and isotope analysis, to find out about the life and death of each set of remains, which range in date from the Bronze Age to the Victorian era. In some cases, they search through historic records to try to locate a name. In each episode, the team travels to a different location in Great Britain and set up a mobile lab to do their work. At the conclusion, they present their findings, including facial reconstruction, to the local community.[1]

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