Summer Science reading, listening and viewing

Forensic Sciences

Looking for something new to watch, listen to or read now you’ve finished every Netflix boxset? Our Academics give their recommendations for how to get an extra slice of Forensic Sciences this summer, with a list of their top books, podcasts and shows.


A great way of catching up on the go, we love a podcast. Here are Forensic Sciences related ones for you to check out.

Crime redefined podcast

Forensic transmissions

Listening to the dead

Top 40 Forensic Podcasts You Must Follow in 2021


If you’ve caught up on all the latest boxsets and are looking for something new to watch why not check out one of our recommended Forensic Sciences related documentaries:

HBO made a show on the case featured in Serial – The Case Against Adnan Syed – or check out one of Netflix’s most talked about shows, “Making a Murderer” and watch out for forensic expert analysis!

You can also learn more about the books and authors mentioned above thanks to YouTube!

When the Dogs Don’t Bark by Professor Angela Gallop – Talk on book and the profession and why she went into it

Unnatural Causes – Meet the forensic pathologist, Dr Richard Shepherd -Talking about book and career,

That Remains: A Life in Death by Prof Dame, Sue Black – There are a number of resources available to watch online based on the book and author incuding a Waterstones 5 mins author profile, a public lecture on forensic anthropology and a lecture and Q and A from the Royal Institution on how forensic anthropology helps solves crimes .

The Royal Society of Chemistry have also created a video on ‘day in the life of a forensic scientist’.


If you’re sick of screen time and want to read something a bit different, we have a couple of recommendations.

When the Dogs Don’t Bark by Professor Angela Gallop. An incredible story of a life spent in forensic science

Written in Blood by Mike Silverman As one of the UK’s leading forensic scientists, Mike Silverman has helped to identify and convict dozens of murderers, rapists, armed robbers, burglars and muggers, thanks to the evidence they – or their victims – unwittingly left behind at the scenes of their crimes.

Unnatural Causes – Meet the forensic pathologist, Dr Richard Shepherd. He solves the mysteries of unexplained or sudden death. He has performed over 23,000 autopsies, including some of the most high-profile cases of recent times; the Hungerford Massacre, the Princess Diana inquiry, and 9/11.

The Blooding by Joseph Wambaugh Leicestershire, England, and the slayings of two teenagers, Lynda Mann in 1983, and Dawn Ashworth three years later, killings that were eventually solved through scientist Sir Alec Jeffreys’s discovery of genetic fingerprinting. Genetic fingerprinting was determined to be fool-proof, and the real culprit, Colin Pitchfork, was identified without question.

All That Remains: A Life in Death by Prof Dame, Sue Black As a Professor of Anatomy and Forensic Anthropology, she focuses on mortal remains in her lab, at burial sites, at scenes of violence, murder and criminal dismemberment, and when investigating mass fatalities due to war, accident or natural disaster.

If there’s a Forensic Sciences related book, show or film that you love, why not share it with us? Get in touch with any of your recommendations.

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