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Series 3 - Episode 2
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The verdant byways of Northumberland appear to be wastelands of violent death, à la Midsomer, as yet another blameless citizen is shot dead in his own, rather lovely, home. But there’s a twist to this brisk and engaging mystery when the victim’s two teenaged daughters are abducted. Within minutes someone has couriered a framed picture of the girls to their distraught mother. What on earth is going on?
Leave it to grubby, lugubrious Det Chief Insp
Stanhope (Brenda Blethyn) to find out as she chugs on to the murder scene like a vintage tractor, puffing and huffing as she digs into the sundered family’s background. What emerges is a heartbreaking story with its roots in war-torn Baghdad. We also ponder what it means to be a father as Vera thinks about her own glum childhood with a chaotic dad.
Respected surgeon Dan Marsden is shot dead days before his retirement and his teenage daughters Mira and Karen are abducted. Joined by a new addition to the ranks, Vera investigates a mysterious parcel and a connection to the Iraq War as she races against time to catch the killer and save the girls. However, the case soon takes a violent and unexpected turn, striking at the heart of the team. Guest starring Saskia Reeves (Luther) and Dean Andrews (Ashes to Ashes), with Brenda Blethyn, David Leon and Gareth Farr.
Cast & Crew
DCI Vera Stanhope
DS Joe Ashworth
DC Kenny Lockhart
DC Barry Kelman
Cheryl Marie Dixon
Jade Knox Griffiths
WPC Collette Hughes
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