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Blind Beggar: Part 2 

When Father Stuart is found murdered in the same excavation the body was discovered, the team makes a connection.


Robert Knights


Barbara Machin (creator), John Milne


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Episode complete credited cast:
Trevor Eve ... Detective Superintendent Peter Boyd
Sue Johnston ... Dr. Grace Foley
Holly Aird ... Dr. Frankie Wharton
Claire Goose ... DC Amelia 'Mel' Silver
Wil Johnson ... DS Spencer Jordan
Annette Crosbie ... Moira Bowen
James Hayes James Hayes ... James Bowen
Con O'Neill ... Colm Hare
Peter Warnock Peter Warnock ... Father Kevin Ryan (as Peter Oliver Warnock)
Barry Morse ... Father Sebastian Stuart
Caroline O'Neill ... Linsey Carr
Alan Leith Alan Leith ... Tom Carr
Heather Bleasdale Heather Bleasdale ... Bridget Sullivan
Jackie Clune Jackie Clune ... Elaine Morrison


Even as the Bowans are planning a fortieth anniversary renewal of vows, it becomes apparent that their union is troubled and long hidden family secrets uncovered by Boyd and his team may hold the key to identifying not only the body uncovered in the church but the recent murder of Father Stuart as well. Written by duke1029@aol.com

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Crime | Drama | Mystery








Release Date:

26 June 2001 (UK) See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK

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Did You Know?


Trevor Eve (Det Supt Peter Boyd) & Caroline O'Neill (Linsey Carr) also worked together on episode 1.4 Unforgotten: Episode #1.4 (2015) of Unforgotten (2015) as Sir Phillip Cross & Joanna Bridges respectively. See more »


In Blind Beggar Boyd explains to Grace that his son Joe has been missing for years. In series 7 when his son turns up his name is changed to Luke. See more »


Traditional Irish folk ballad
Heard as leitmotif for James Bowan
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A first rate episode.
24 March 2018 | by Sleepin_DragonSee all my reviews

The concluding part of The Blind Beggar is a fantastic episode, it wraps up a fantastic story, and it also gives us a huge insight into Peter Boyd, his motives and the reasons for his short temper. As for wrapping the story of the body in the crypt and the murder of Father Stewart, the episode delivers the goods, it's perhaps not a huge mystery, but the delivery was superb, Annette Crosbie put in a great performance post One Foot in the Grave. Perhaps more importantly is the character development of Peter Boyd, two scenes stood out, the first where Boyd sits with James and discusses the impact of losing a child, and the second being where Boyd opens up to Grace about Joe's disappearance. It really showed Trevor Eve at his very best, Boyd was an awesome character, scenes like these showed he wasn't a one dimensional tyrant. I wish the writers had re-watched this when the character of 'Luke' was introduced, his missing son.

A brilliant episode.

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