Castles in the Air

Series 3 - Episode 1 Castles in the Air

Tue 3 Jul 8pm - 10pm be3


Ann Cleeves’s ramshackle, off-kilter detective, Vera Stanhope returns in a new series of crime mysteries set against the beautiful wind-whipped backdrop of Northumberland.

As the episode opens, three young women are having girly chats and getting drunk in a big, beautiful house made almost entirely of glass in the middle of nowhere. But gunshots fracture the damp night and someone falls dead. (There’s a lesson here; never, ever investigate a suspicious noise, outside, in the pitch dark, particularly when you are wearing only your titchy pyjamas.)

Soon Det Chief Insp Stanhope (Brenda Blethyn) is shambling through the crime scene as a thoroughly absorbing story of jealousy and guilt unfolds. Though it’s not based on a Cleeves book, Castles in the Air is a compact and effective mystery that gives Vera plenty of room to do what she does best – watch, listen and dig into other people’s souls.


Young physiotherapist Lizzie Faulkner is shot dead while enjoying a holiday at a luxury country retreat. The resulting murder investigation unearths betrayal, guilt and the desire for atonement - as Vera moves quickly to avoid another tragedy, and Joe tries to make amends with the demons of his past. Crime drama, starring Brenda Blethyn, David Leon, Paul Ritter and Eva Quinn.

Cast & Crew

DCI Vera Stanhope Brenda Blethyn
DS Joe Ashworth David Leon
Billy Cartwright Paul Ritter
DC Kenny Lockhart Jon Morrison
Lizzie Faulkner Eva Quinn
Tim Hopkins Nicholas Gleaves
Andrew Franks John Light
Justin Bishop Shaun Dingwall
Sam Bishop Alexander Arnold
Kirsty Hopkins Alex Childs
Robert Doran Richard Riddell
Corinne Franks Vinette Robinson
Celine Ashworth Sonya Cassidy
Tina Robson Cassie Atkinson
Maisie Jones Leah Brotherhead
DC Mark Edwards Riley Jones
Derek Nicholas Lumley
Duty solicitor Will Ashcroft
Tim's solicitor Ian Cairns
Director Will Sinclair
Executive Producer Elaine Collins
Producer Margaret Mitchell
Writer Paul Rutman
Writer Gaby Chiappe
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