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Series 4 - Episode 3
The Deer Hunters
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Stanhope, the careworn detective, rubs shoulders with the upper classes in a tale of murder and poaching on the lowering Northumberland Fells. But we all know that money doesn’t talk to Vera (Brenda Blethyn) because she listens to people’s souls as she gets to grips with a disappointingly flat story about troubled families and their tormented histories.
A young man’s body is found in a quarry. Close by is the burnt-out wreckage of a poacher’s van, complete with two crisped deer carcasses. The lord of the manor runs a deer shoot nearby and there’s talk of a falling-out with the dead man over the sale of some land. As Vera digs into everyone’s backgrounds, she unearths secrets and lies.
The body of a man killed by a single gunshot wound is discovered on the moors and a burnt-out truck containing the remains of a deer is found a mile away. Joe is convinced the case is a poaching war gone wrong, but for Vera, the truth is never that straightforward. Delving into the victim's story, she unearths a sad childhood in the country and a troubled life in the city, scraping by as a novelist. Following the recent death of his grandfather, he returned to Northumberland after a 15-year absence to sell his inheritance to a wealthy couple - but pulled out of the deal at the last minute. Could his death be linked to a dispute over land? Brenda Blethyn and David Leon star in the murder mystery.
Cast & Crew
DCI Vera Stanhope
DS Joe Ashworth
DC Kenny Lockhart
DC Rebecca Shepherd
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