Brokenwood S3E2

Case 10 – Over Her Dead Body

Brokenwood is in mourning as beloved local poet Declan O’Grady is being farewelled at St Judas Church after being struck down by cancer. But things go from bad to worse when his coffin accidentally falls from the hearse revealing that the corpse inside is not Declan but a young woman identifiable only by a notable scarlet tattoo.

Mike, Kristin and Breen set about unraveling a strange set of circumstances. The last to see Declan’s body was the hapless funeral director Warren Bugle who leads them back to Wadsworth Manor where a mysterious role playing game was conducted the night before Declan’s death. It turns out the tattooed woman may have been a player in what was to ultimately be her final game.


This episode was almost a satire of the traditional closed-room murder/mystery. The contestants for murderer were laid out early and motivations explained. As the bodies fall, it’s all a question of which well known kiwi actor did it. The tone is more fun than fear and probably the best episode yet.


Director: Murray Keane
Producer: Sally Campbell

Cast:
Mike NEILL REA
Kristin FERN SUTHERLAND
D.C Breen NIC SAMPSON
Jared PANA HEMA-TAYLOR
Gina CRISTINA IONDA
Janelle THERESA HEALEY
Dr Plummer CAMERON RHODES
Declan O’Grady MARK MITCHISON
Brenda AMANDA BILLING
Rev Greene ROY WARD
Scarlett JJ FONG
Warren KIP CHAPMAN
Tina NICOLA KAWANA
Hughes COLIN MOY
Evan Whitestone ROSS MCKELLAR
Mrs Marlowe ELIZABETH MCRAE
Cushla LUCI HARE
Melody RENEE SHERIDAN
Dr Carlton ASCIA MAYBURY
Miranda LAURA HILL
Yanni AJAY VAISISHT
First aired: Sunday 6th of November 2016