Dark Road

Series 6 - Episode 1 Dark Road



Detective Chief Inspector Vera Stanhope can seem as soft as a cushion when she calls you “love” or “’pet”, her eyes crinkling kindly as a little half smile plays on her lips.

But we know that Vera is made of crushed velvet and steel; she might seem a sweet, plodding gauche thing to the unwary, but under the ratty, mushy-pea-coloured raincoat, she’s a crime colossus.

In an episode first shown in 2016, a shoeless woman is found dead on the Northumberland moors. It’s a lonely place to die as the wind shrieks in the bracken. But when Vera (Brenda Blethyn) and her little team dig into the victim’s background they find she had a notorious romantic past that made her a cause célèbre and an object of vicious gossip. 

It’s a satisfyingly knotty tale of guilt, atonement and deep, stark tragedy.


A body is discovered on the Northumberland moors, and identified as a woman who made a distressed 999 call on the night of her death - suggesting she may have been abducted by someone she knew. Vera takes on the case, and discovers the victim was a controversial figure in her home town, who had a complicated relationship with her family and a number of well-hidden secrets.

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
Nicole Kelly Gough
Simon Daniel Ings
Christine Faye Marsay
Huang Paul Courtenay Hyu
Dash Leemore Marrett Jr
Mr Kipford Ronald Pickup
DC Mark Edwards Riley Jones
Helen Milton Lisa Hammond
Ciara Eloise Knowles
Marcia Sharon Duce
Rona Clare Wille
Pamela Linda Hargreaves
Bob Tate Robert Blythe
Janet Jackie Lye
Gemma Samantha Morris
Director Marek Losey
Executive Producer Kate Bartlett
Executive Producer Michael Dawson
Producer Letitia Knight
Writer Martha Hillier
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