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Set around Newcastle and the stunning Northumberland countryside, Vera features complex and intriguing cases, atmospherically-shot landscapes and captivating performances, led by Brenda Blethyn who plays the unorthodox but brilliant DCI Vera Stanhope.
When a young woman, Lizzie Faulkner, is shot outside of the holiday chalet where she and a group of friends are staying for the weekend, Vera and Joe suspect that her murder may be linked to poachers operating in nearby fields. They identify a suspect, Robert Doran, but despite being in the vicinity at the time, he denies being responsible for Lizzie's murder. Vera begins to suspect the woman's death may have been a case of mistaken identity, and that the intended victim may have been one of the chalet designers, Corrine Franks, who was meant to have been staying there at the time. A link to a tragic car accident involving Corrine which lead to an innocent woman losing her life appears to confirm their theory, and when Corrine is later targeted once more and killed in a freak hit-and-run, the team finally get the breakthrough they have been looking for.
An acclaimed doctor, Dan Marsden, is shot through the skull in the living room of his remote country home, and his two daughters, Karen and Mira, are taken against their will. Meanwhile, a new DC, Barry Kelman, is temporarily assigned to the team to help them with the investigation. Initial suspicion falls upon Jonah Regan, an award-winning photographer who had previously tried to adopt Mira before the Marsden family were granted custody. However, it soon becomes apparent that one of Mira's relatives - her estranged brother, Malik - who was thought to have died in a bomb attack in Baghdad - is in fact alive and well, and has been contacting her through her social media accounts. Malik, however, is determined to flee back to his homeland with Mira in tow - but when he comes face to face with Laura Marsden and DC Kelman, tragedy strikes.
A group of sixth form students on a weekend retreat at a leisure centre bear witness to a man being set on fire, who subsequently falls from a cliff and drowns in the river below. The victim, Gideon Frane, is discovered to have been a former head boy at a local boarding school for high achieving students, but is also known to have a chequered past, having been responsible for 97 incidents of harassment against his ex-girlfriend. When Billy discovers the cause of death was poisoning, Vera begins to look at the case from a completely different perspective. When the team finally track down Gideon's former best friend, Jamie Levinson, both he and Vera fall victim to a further poisoning. Connections start to build when Joe links the case to the death of a former teacher at their school, whose daughter happened to be present when Gideon was murdered.
Former London Metropolitan Police detective and well-documented ladies man, John Warnock, is found stabbed in alleyway adjacent to a quayside pub he had been visiting earlier in the evening. Suspicion initially falls on young street thief Reece, who is well known to Kenny, having arrested him several times in the past. Although Reece admits to lifting the victim's credit card, he denies murder. A complex web of relationships and deceit begins to boil to the surface, and it soon becomes apparent that Warnock had been using his skills as a detective to act as a spy for a local firm of solicitors, to uncover the secrets of his current boss, brewery owner Sam Harper. But with Sam, his wife and his daughter all having rock solid alibis for the time of Warnock's murder, Vera is left to decipher just how one of them managed to slip away to commit the crime.
Riley Jones(DC Mark Edwards)
Brenda Blethyn(Vera Stanhope)
Cush Jumbo(DC Bethany Whelan)
David Leon(Joe Ashworth)
Kenny Doughty(DS Aiden Healy)
Jon Morrison(DC Kenny Lockhart)
Kingsley Ben-Adir(Dr. Marcus Summer)
Tom Hutch(DC John Warren)
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