Parent Not Expected

Series 10 - Episode 2 Parent Not Expected



Vera Stanhope bumps up against people with money who live in a big house after a party ends in tragedy. Parties in Vera usually end badly, and this one is just asking for trouble as it’s held in a clifftop mansion. Inevitably a body of a young man is found in the water.

So, did he fall or was he pushed? Obviously, this was no accident, otherwise Vera (Brenda Blethyn) would be able to stay in bed with toast and a pot of tea rather than having to wander along the beautiful, wind-whipped Northumberland coast, looking for clues.

The victim was a young man who’d set out to research his family tree and who had found, by accident, that he wasn’t who he thought he was. The stage is set for a tangled tale of bitterness involving a family of salmon farmers presided over by a bullying patriarch.


The body of 19-year-old apprentice electrician Dennis Bayliss is discovered washed up on the shore of a North Northumberland rural estate. The victim turns out to be the estranged son of Steph and Rob Bayliss who are left crippled by his death, having lost him once already when he abandoned them to seek out his biological father, Thomas Walken, who just happens to run a salmon farm on the spot where the body was found. Vera is forced to look closer at the strained relationships of Dennis's two families in order to find the truth about his death.

Cast & Crew

DCI Vera Stanhope Brenda Blethyn
DS Aiden Healy Kenny Doughty
DC Kenny Lockhart Jon Morrison
DC Jacqueline Williams Ibinabo Jack
DC Mark Edwards Riley Jones
Dr Malcolm Donahue Paul Kaye
David Walken Alexander Cobb
Julia Walken Christine Entwistle
Thomas Walken Cal MacAninch
Vinay Deol Harki Bhambra
Rob Bayliss Stuart Laing
Joe Barry Martin Walsh
Steph Bayliss Martha Cope
Jamie Dwyer David Rubin
Michael Cummings Lawrence Walker
Dennis Bayliss Nathan Horrocks
Phoebe Dwyer Iola Evans
Liam Dwyer Kieran Urquhart
Pat Ross Janine Leigh
Waitress Chantelle Alle
Liza Conney Mica Ricketts
Joshua Walken Tom Glenister
Director Rob Evans
Executive Producer Phil Hunter
Producer Will Nicholson
Writer Colette Kane
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