Prodigal Son

Series 3 - Episode 4 Prodigal Son



Vera makes good use of its Newcastle locations, it doesn’t simply cling to the quayside and postcard views of the bridges over the Tyne. It sneaks through the ginnels, the alleyways that are woven into the quilt of the city, the perfect shady spots for murder.

In the last story in the series a man is stabbed to death in one such dark corner after he leaves a nightclub on a promise from a young woman. When Vera (Brenda Blethyn) turns up in her Bill and Ben, the Flower Pot Men hat, she finds nothing that casts any light on the victim’s identity. No name, no personal possessions, just a car with false plates and a surprise inside a case in the boot. When she prises it open, she unearths family secrets and old enmities.


The detective is brought in to investigate when a former Met police officer is stabbed to death outside a nightclub in Newcastle. The team initially suspects a crime of passion after it emerges the victim had recently rekindled his affair with his childhood sweetheart, whose husband has a history of violence. However, Vera uncovers evidence pointing to a more complex case involving inside information and the hostile takeover of a brewery. What did the deceased find out that cost him his life? Guest starring Jill Halfpenny, Christine Bottomley, Ralph Ineson and Liam Cunningham.

Cast & Crew

DCI Vera Stanhope Brenda Blethyn
DS Joe Ashworth David Leon
Billy Cartwright Paul Ritter
DC Kenny Lockhart Jon Morrison
Sam Harper Liam Cunningham
Maggie Warnock Jill Halfpenny
Lisa Strachan Christine Bottomley
Ross Strachan Ralph Ineson
DC Rebecca Shepherd Clare Calbraith
Eva Harper Sophie Stuckey
Hotel manager Paul Clayton
Grandad Michael Cronin
DC Mark Edwards Riley Jones
Reece McMurray James Anthony Pearson
Agnes Lennox Jeany Spark
Janna Jeffries Emily Taaffe
Denice Strachan Poppy Tomlinson
John Warnock Alan Westaway
Director Thaddeus O'Sullivan
Executive Producer Elaine Collins
Producer Margaret Mitchell
Writer Marston Bloom
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