Shadows in the Sky

Series 5 - Episode 4 Shadows in the Sky



A man falls from the top of a multi-storey car park as his daughter, resplendent in her prom dress, waits nearby, heralding the final case for Det Chief Insp Vera Stanhope in the last episode of the series.

He could have jumped, but that seems unlikely, particularly after Vera and her sidekick, DS Aiden Healy, limping from a football injury, dig into his background.

It’s another tidy mystery, one that you may solve before even Vera’s great mind tumbles to the answer as the biggest clue lies in a well-worn television crime drama convention.

Naturally Vera (Brenda Blethyn) stomps into the lives of the dead man’s family and discovers long-buried secrets, fractured relationships and lies. As a chilly sea fret muffles the industrial North East coastal landscape, Vera has to prevent more deaths.


When dock worker Owen Thorne plunges from the roof of a multi-storey car park while picking up his daughter from her school prom, Vera immediately detects foul play. The team soon discovers a work dispute over the death of a young man, with everyone believing Owen was to blame, and the victim's father admits he wanted revenge - but his alibi holds. The mystery then continues when Vera spots an inconsistency in the statement Owen's wife gave to the police, suggesting she's not certain of her husband's fidelity.

Cast & Crew

DCI Vera Stanhope Brenda Blethyn
DS Aiden Healy Kenny Doughty
DC Kenny Lockhart Jon Morrison
DC Bethany Whelan Cush Jumbo
Dr Marcus Summer Kingsley Ben-Adir
Gloria Edwards Raquel Cassidy
Ellie Thorne Nadine Marshall
Cameron Thorne Daniel Ezra
Hannah Ferris Levi Heaton
Mick McKittrick Rob Jarvis
Alec Bill Fellows
Logan Tilley Niall Greig Fulton
Lila Tilley Carla Melaco
Helen Milton Lisa Hammond
DC Mark Edwards Riley Jones
Jayne-Anne Ursula Holden-Gill
Owen Thorne Keith Newby
Stuart Ken Richardson
Restaurant manager Victoria Connett
B&B owner Jane Relph
Head groundskeeper Ewen Cummins
Director Will Sinclair
Executive Producer Kate Bartlett
Executive Producer Myar Craig-Brown
Producer Margaret Mitchell
Writer Martha Hillier
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