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  • Episode: 

    4 of 4

  • Title: 

    Prodigal Son
  • Transmission (TX): 

    Sun 15 Sep 2013
  • TX Confirmed: 

  • Time: 

    9.00pm - 11.00pm
  • Week: 

    Week 38 2013 : Sat 14 Sep - Fri 20 Sep
  • Channel: 

  • Status: 

    Last in series
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Episode four: Prodigal Son
D.C.I. Vera Stanhope (Brenda Blethyn) and D.S. Joe Ashworth (David Leon) investigate a fatal stabbing outside a busy Newcastle nightclub. Identifying the victim as ex-Met Officer, John Warnock (Alan Westaway), the only clues are an empty flat and an unregistered car with six thousand pounds hidden in the boot.
With the help of her loyal team, D.C. Shepherd (Clare Calbraith) and D.C. Lockhart (Jon Morrison), they track John’s next of kin to a local farm run by his sister, Maggie (Jill Halfpenny). Having recently returned to Newcastle, John had been working at Finches, a large brewery run by Maggie’s fiancé, Sam Harper (Liam Cunningham).
Lisa Strachan (Christine Bottomley), John’s childhood sweetheart, admits to rekindling their affair in recent months. Her husband, Ross (Ralph Ineson), has a clear motive and a history of violence. But Vera cannot believe this is a simple crime of passion.
Delving deeper into John’s world, Vera uncovers a secret relationship with Sam’s daughter, Eva (Sophie Stuckey) and an under-hand plot to spy on the brewery for a multi-national company eager to buy out the family business. But lawyer Katrina Lennox (Jeany Spark) insists he was called off the case months ago. So why did he continue to spy on Sam Harper?
Vera must ultimately retrace John Warnock’s final steps to uncover the truth behind a web of lies spanning twenty-five years.
D.C.I. Vera Stanhope - Brenda Blethyn 
D.S. Joe Ashworth - David Leon  
D.C. Kenny Lockhart - Jon Morrison
D.C. Rebecca Shepherd - Clare Calbraith
D.C. Mark Edwards - Riley Jones
Pathologist Billy Cartwright - Paul Ritter
John Warnock - Alan Westaway
Janna - Emily Taaffe
Katrina Lennox - Jeany Spark
Maggie - Jill Halfpenny
Sam Harper - Liam Cunningham
Eva Harper - Sophie Stuckey
Lisa - Christine Bottomley
Ross - Ralph Ineson
Reece James - Anthony Pearson
Denise - Poppy Tomlinson
Hotel Manager - Paul Clayton
Grandad - Michael Cronin
Verger - Angela Curran
Series overview:
Inspired by the best selling novels and characters created by acclaimed crime writer Ann Cleeves, Oscar nominated and award-winning actress Brenda Blethyn reprises her lead role as Detective Chief Inspector Vera Stanhope alongside actor and filmmaker David Leon who plays Vera’s trusty sidekick and surrogate son Detective Sergeant Joe Ashworth. 
The third series sees the return of Scottish born actor Jon Morrison (High Times, Nil By Mouth) as D.C Kenny Lockhart, Clare Calbraith (Downton Abbey, The Shadow Line) as D.C. Rebecca Shepherd, Paul Ritter (Friday Night Dinner, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time) as pathologist Billy Cartwright and Sonya Cassidy (Endeavour, The Paradise) as Celine Ashworth, wife to Joe.