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Series 1 - Episode 4
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The dowdy DCI is returning from a shopping trip (pizza, oven chips, ice cream – nothing fancy) when she stumbles on a crime scene by the side of a country road. We know what has happened there because of the chilling opening sequence: a child running for his life at night, by a river, having just heard his mother clubbed to death. Who did the clubbing and why takes a long time to figure out, even for the perspicacious
. Peacocks are involved, and a “shiny man” — or is that just the child’s vivid imagination? It turns into a dark, troubling tale of lost childhood, warped love and hiding — a lot of hiding.
A woman is murdered in a hedgerow but her son survives the attack, only to fall beneath the ice of a frozen pond as he makes his escape. DCI Vera Stanhope wades in and drags him out, and against all the odds he pulls through. As the investigation into the mother's killing unfolds, Vera finds a kindred spirit in the boy and comes to realise the key to solving the case lies deep in his memory. Detective drama, starring Brenda Blethyn, with Kerry Fox and Kieran O'Brien.
Cast & Crew
DCI Vera Stanhope
DS Joe Ashworth
DC Kenny Lockhart
Full Episode Guide
How TV detective Vera Stanhope came to life on the page
Author Ann Cleeves talks Brenda Blethyn, the origins of the "bag lady" and future story lines she's plotting...
Meet the cast of Vera
Broadchurch star Carolyn Pickles lands a role in ITV drama Vera
When is Vera on TV?
Discover the setting of ITV's detective drama Vera
Brenda Blethyn on nodding off in Harrods, her love for dogs – and acing crosswords
Vera: Brenda Blethyn takes a trip to the Farne Islands in series seven
Ann Cleeves on falling for the North East: "I knew immediately it would be a brilliant place to set crime novels"
Ann Cleeves on Shetland: "From the moment I stepped ashore I was enchanted"
Top TV settings of 2014 – as voted by Radio Times readers
Are TV detectives seriously misleading the public?
10 great dramas to look out for