Penance spoilers: Episode One


Neil Morrissey (Line of Duty) stars along-side Julie Graham (Doctor Who) in a gripping new psychological thriller stripped across three nights on Channel 5.


Rosalie Douglas’s world collapses with a knock at the door. Her son has been found dead.

Months have passed and still she lives in a fog of grief and denial, unwilling to accept that Rob’s death was an accident. Husband Luke has moved out of the house, and teenage daughter Maddie is acting out, wracked with grief and an as-yet-unexplained guilt over her brother’s death. Their lives are changed forever when they meet Jed, a beautiful, charismatic young man at bereavement counselling. The family welcome him into their hearts and ultimately their home, opening up to him as he in turn helps them navigate their grief.

(Picture: Channel 5/West Road Pictures) Nico Mirallegro as Jed

Lover and confidant to a besotted Maddie, surrogate son to her grateful mum; a spark of hope for the future. But underneath, a deadly and morally corrupt triangle is taking shape. Is there more to Jed than meets the eye?


  • Written by Kate O’Riordan.
  • Written by Ben Morris.
  • Produced by Alex Jones.
  • Directed by Maurice Sweeney.


  • Art Malik as Father Tom
  • Brigit Forsyth as Fay
  • Cathy Belton as Mrs Halloran
  • Diona Doherty as PC Margaret Goodson
  • Julie Graham as Rosalie
  • Lucy Cray-Miller as Bereaved woman
  • Neil Morrissey as Luke
  • Nico Mirallegro as Jed
  • Sharon Coade as Valerie
  • Shereen Walker as Ayesha
  • Tallulah Greive as Maddie
  • Trevor Kanewswaren as DS Simon Wren

Penance begins on Channel 5 across 3 nights from Tuesday 17th March at 9:00pm.

Penance is a Westroad Pictures / Element Pictures production.

(Picture: Channel 5/West Road Pictures) Tallulah Greive as Maddie, Neil Morrissey as Luke, Julie Graham as Rosalie, Nico Mirallegro as Jed and Art Malik as Fr Tom in Penance.


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