Little Lazarus

Series 1 - Episode 4 Little Lazarus



The dowdy DCI is returning from a shopping trip (pizza, oven chips, ice cream – nothing fancy) when she stumbles on a crime scene by the side of a country road. We know what has happened there because of the chilling opening sequence: a child running for his life at night, by a river, having just heard his mother clubbed to death. Who did the clubbing and why takes a long time to figure out, even for the perspicacious Vera. Peacocks are involved, and a “shiny man” — or is that just the child’s vivid imagination? It turns into a dark, troubling tale of lost childhood, warped love and hiding — a lot of hiding.


A woman is murdered in a hedgerow but her son survives the attack, only to fall beneath the ice of a frozen pond as he makes his escape. DCI Vera Stanhope wades in and drags him out, and against all the odds he pulls through. As the investigation into the mother's killing unfolds, Vera finds a kindred spirit in the boy and comes to realise the key to solving the case lies deep in his memory. Detective drama, starring Brenda Blethyn, with Kerry Fox and Kieran O'Brien.

Cast & Crew

DCI Vera Stanhope Brenda Blethyn
DS Joe Ashworth David Leon
DC Holly Wunmi Mosaku
Billy Cartwright Paul Ritter
Aidan Carmichael Tim Dutton
Theresa Judi Earl
Patricia Carmichael Kerry Fox
Adam Wilde Sam Jarvis
PC Edwards Riley Jones
Renagh Salter Emma Lowndes
DC Kenny Lockhart Jon Morrison
Margaret Wilde Laura Norton
Bobby Salter Kieran O'Brien
Danny Hale Joe Renton
Amrit Singh Renu Setna
Sorcha Carmichael Alice Sykes
Photographer Philip Harrison
Director Paul Whittington
Editor Nick McPhee
Executive Producer Kate Bartlett
Executive Producer Kate Lewis
Producer Elaine Collins
Writer Paul Rutman
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