William Gaminara and Tom Ward who play Leo Dalton and Harry Cunningham in the hit BBC crime drama Silent Witness have blasted their American counterpart show, CSI for being unrealistic.
Gaminara was speaking at the Soap Awards when he made his comments, and was immediately backed up by Ward.
"In Silent Witness we go for realism," Gaminara said. "It takes three weeks for our DNA results to come back, we cannot work out the make of a knife from the marks it leaves on a body and we don't have a database of counter heights in shops in London."
"On top of this," said Ward, "we always wear crime scene suits when entering a crime scene, instead of a pair of Reeboks and a white suit, like they do in CSI: Miami."
They are not the first to point out the almost science fiction story lines of the CSI series, but they are the most qualified to hit out against the hit American drama show, which has used plot devices such as wolf DNA being incorporated into human DNA and combining several partial fingerprints into one to find their suspect.
"We make Silent Witness interesting," said Gaminara, "without inventing fantastic science to help us along. Their 'magic' is making juries believe that forensic science is come kind of crystal ball, and that's not true."
CBS refused to be drawn into the argument, and issued a statement that said simple: We don't care.