Prey (British TV series)

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GenreDetective fiction
Created byChris Lunt
Developed byGallowgate Productions
Written byChris Lunt
Directed byNick Murphy
StarringRosie Cavaliero
John Simm
Philip Glenister
Benedict Wong
Adrian Edmondson
Nathan Stewart-Jarrett
Ralph Ineson
MyAnna Buring
Anastasia Hille
Craig Parkinson
Daniel Jillings
ComposersDaniel Pemberton
Sarah Warne
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original languageEnglish
No. of series2
No. of episodes6
Executive producerNicola Shindler
ProducerTom Sherry
Production locationsManchester
Camera setup3SIXTYMEDIA
Running time45–47 minutes (exc. adverts)
Production companiesRed Production Company
ITV Studios
Original networkITV
Picture format
  • 16:9
  • 1080p
Original release28 April 2014 (2014-04-28) –
23 December 2015 (2015-12-23)

Prey is a television crime thriller first broadcast on ITV, 28 April 2014 at 9pm. ITV first announced the new commission on their official Twitter account on 23 August 2013.[1] A second series was announced in April 2015 and began airing on 9 December 2015.[2][3]


Series 1[edit]

The first story stars John Simm as Detective Constable Marcus Farrow, a well-liked detective with the fictional Manchester Metropolitan Police and an ex-husband with two children. His life falls apart when he finds his ex-wife and one of his sons murdered, and all the evidence points to him. Discovered at the scene of the crime, Marcus is arrested, but later escapes and goes on-the-run, determined to find who killed his family, and why.

Series 2[edit]

The story stars Philip Glenister as Prison Officer David Murdoch. His life becomes very complicated when, on a routine visit to a Manchester hospital with female prisoner Jules Hope, events spiral out of control. David receives a cell phone call from his pregnant daughter Lucy, who has been kidnapped, pleading for him to take his prisoner Jules offsite to a meet, otherwise Lucy will be killed. He does so, and instantly sees himself on the wrong side of the law.[2]

Filming for the second series began in May 2015, before screening from 9–23 December 2015.

Series overview[edit]

SeriesEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
1328 April 2014 (2014-04-28)12 May 2014 (2014-05-12)
239 December 2015 (2015-12-09)23 December 2015 (2015-12-23)

Main cast[edit]

Series 1[edit]

Series 2[edit]


Series 1 (2014)[edit]

No. in
No. in
Title Directed by Written by U.K. air date U.K. viewers(millions)
includes ITV HD and ITV +1 broadcasts
11"The Crime"Nick MurphyChris Lunt28 April 2014 (2014-04-28)7.58
Marcus Farrow's life is turned upside down after his wife and son are murdered by a career criminal, Lomax, who is involved in the execution of a Turkish crime boss. Initially suspected of the crime himself, he decides to go on the run, but must evade capture until he is able to prove Lomax's involvement - and his own innocence.
22"The Choice"Nick MurphyChris Lunt5 May 2014 (2014-05-05)5.54[6]
Farrow tries to get one of his colleagues on side, but a chance meeting between the pair is interrupted by Reinhart's arrival. Meanwhile, Farrow manages to locate some discs which contain incriminating evidence against Lomax, but will they end up in the right hands?
33"The Consequence"Nick MurphyChris Lunt12 May 2014 (2014-05-12)7.35
Farrow discovers that his two biggest allies are both corrupt, and when Lomax turns up dead, he has no choice but to confront the one person who can corroborate his version of events. But with time running out, will he end up being exonerated of murder?

Series 2 (2015)[edit]

No. in
No. in
Title Directed by Written by U.K. air date U.K. viewers(millions)
includes ITV +1 broadcasts
41"The Escape"Lewis ArnoldChris Lunt9 December 2015 (2015-12-09)4.28[8]
Prison officer David Murdoch finds his world turned upside down when he is dragged into an elaborate plan to bust one of the inmates out of jail — only to discover that his heavily pregnant daughter, Lucy, has been kidnapped as insurance.[7]
52"The Chase"Lewis ArnoldChris Lunt16 December 2015 (2015-12-16)3.51
Murdoch and Jules manage to escape from the clutches of DC Iddon, but find themselves embarking on a road trip to Blackpool in an attempt to uncover the truth. DS Reinhart discovers she is pregnant.[9]
63"The Capture"Lewis ArnoldChris Lunt23 December 2015 (2015-12-23)2.92
Reinhart finally catches up with Murdoch, but he once again makes good his escape. An epic game of cat and mouse ensues as he discovers that Lucy is being held in a secret location in the Lakes.[10]

Awards and nominations[edit]

John Simm won a Royal Television Society North West Award for "Best Male Performance" in the first series of Prey. The series was also nominated for a 2015 BAFTA Television Award in the category "Mini Series".[11]


  1. ^ "ITV Press Centre commission PREY" (Press release). ITV. 23 August 2013. Retrieved 21 May 2014.
  2. ^ a b "Gripping drama Prey to return to ITV starring Philip Glenister and Rosie Cavaliero". 9 April 2015. Retrieved 1 April 2016.
  3. ^ Mulhall, Al (9 April 2015). "Prey renewed for second series by ITV, Philip Glenister to star". Retrieved 1 April 2016.
  4. ^ "Philip Glenister to star in new series of Prey". Prolific North. 9 April 2015. Retrieved 1 April 2016.
  5. ^ Hegarty, Tasha (18 May 2015). "Emmerdale's Sammy Winward has been cast in series two of ITV's Prey". Retrieved 1 April 2016.
  6. ^ "Ep2 official BARB ratings" (Press release). BARB. 11 May 2014. Retrieved 20 May 2014.
  7. ^ "Prey Episode 1". 9 December 2015. Retrieved 1 April 2016.
  8. ^ "Weekly top 30 programmes". BARB. Retrieved 1 April 2016.
  9. ^ "Prey Episode 2". 16 December 2015. Retrieved 1 April 2016.
  10. ^ "Prey Episode 3". 23 December 2015. Retrieved 1 April 2016.
  11. ^ Wightman, Catriona (8 April 2015). "BAFTA Television Awards 2015: This year's nominees in full". Retrieved 1 April 2016.

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