The Brokenwood Mysteries/The Black Widower

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The Black Widower
Season 3, Episode 1
Airdate October 30, 2016
Production Number 301
Written by Tim Balme
Directed by Mark Beesley
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The Black Widower is the first episode of the third season of The Brokenwood Mysteries, and the ninth episode overall.

Starring: Neill Rea (Detective Inspector Mike Shepherd), Fern Sutherland (Detective Constable Kristin Sims), Nic Sampson (Detective Constable Sam Breen), Pana Hema-Taylor (Jared Morehu)

Guest Starring: Jason Hoyte (Ray Neilson), Cristina Ionda (Dr. Gina Kadinsky), Colin Moy (Hughes), Elizabeth McRae (Mrs Marlowe), Tracy Lee Gray (Trudy Neilson), Emmett Skilton (Dr Byron Cotter), Kalyani Nagarajan (Chandra Singh), Katie Wolfe (Nicole Davis), Phil Brown (Lance Gifford), Julian Wilson (Hans), Geoff Houtman (Nigel Medlock), Dan Veint (Billy Franks), Roy Ward (Rev Lucas Greene), Charles Chan (Chen)

Uncredited: Lara MacGregor (Debbie Neilson), Shane Cortese (Dennis Buchanan)


Plot Overview

The Frog and Cheetah's publican, Ray Neilson, has branched into tourism with his "Lord of the Ringz Tours" tailored to non-English speaking tourists. But when Ray's wife Debbie is discovered dead under a giant foam spider in a supposed film location of Mirklewood things get 'mirky'. Especially when Debbie’s cause of death is revealed to be from New Zealand's only native venomous spider – the Katipo. But if it was, how did one spider administer ten times the lethal dose?

Things don't look good for Ray or the nearby arachnologist, Chandra Singh. But then as DSS Mike Shepherd and his team investigate other local tourism operators, they find none of them are particularly sad about Debbie's demise. Her back room deals with the council have seen them banned from the coveted Brokenwood Forest. Was her death karma or revenge? Regardless of motive it was definitely murder.


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