From eccentric scientists to sexy dead women, television is full of repetitive motifs that must desist immediately
The idiosyncratic pathologist
Where: Sherlock, the cast of Silent Witness, Endeavour
We get it. A pathologist is someone who willingly spends their working day with the dead so must be unusual or offbeat in some way. They cant just be ordinary folk, trying to do a job. No, they must be other and possibly on the spectrum, although its never said. Dr Nikki Alexander (Emilia Fox) in Silent Witness is the cool, unemotional bone-kicker with no home life at all. The only place she can find romance is at the office, which rather narrows her options down to fellow whey-faced indoor type Dr Harry Cunningham, a cadaver or a Bunsen burner. Harrys eventual replacement, Jack Hodgson, is also just your run-of-the-mill forensic pathologist and part-time cage fighter. Like normal.