Telling Tales

Series 1 - Episode 2 Telling Tales



We’ve known DCI Vera Stanhope a long time, the tenth, most recent series has just ended, so maybe it’s a good time to go back to the start and an episode from the first run, where her flashes of anger and spiteful putdowns reach apocalyptic levels as a straight-talking woman working in a difficult, male environment.

Following the suicide of Jeanie Long, in prison for a murder she swears she didn’t commit, new evidence comes to light. It means reopening the case — and in the process a lot of old wounds because everyone, even the investigating officer of the time, seems to be lugging around emotional baggage. Vera pursues several false leads before stumbling, implausibly, on some vital evidence.


Following the suicide of Jeanie Long, the woman convicted of the murder of teenager Abigail Mantel 11 years earlier, new evidence comes to light exonerating her. DCI Vera Stanhope reinvestigates the case, but to find out who really killed Abigail, the detective must uncover the secrets of a close-knit community that is still coming to terms with the incident. Detective drama, adapted from Ann Cleeves' novel Telling Tales, guest starring Hugo Speer alongside Brenda Blethyn, David Leon, Wunmi Mosaku and Paul Ritter.

Cast & Crew

DCI Vera Stanhope Brenda Blethyn
DS Joe Ashworth David Leon
DC Holly Wunmi Mosaku
Billy Cartwright Paul Ritter
Keith Mantel Hugo Speer
Abby Mantel Amber Britton-Dyer
Caroline Fletcher Lolita Chakrabarti
Mary Winter Elizabeth Edmonds
James Bennett Emun Elliott
Emma Bennett Katie Foster-Barnes
Robert Winter Gary Lewis
DC Kenny Lockhart Jon Morrison
Skipper Georg Nikoloff
Jeanie Long Sarah Preston
Chris Winter Daniel Rose
Michael Long Alan Williams
Lad playing football Tiger Roberts
Director Peter Hoar
Editor Kate Evans
Executive Producer Kate Bartlett
Executive Producer Kate Lewis
Producer Elaine Collins
Writer Paul Rutman
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