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Series 5 - Episode 4
Shadows in the Sky
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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
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. Last in the series.
Cast & Crew
DCI Vera Stanhope
DS Aiden Healy
DC Kenny Lockhart
DC Bethany Whelan
Dr Marcus Summer
Niall Greig Fulton
DC Mark Edwards
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