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Vera needs every ounce of her famous compassion and empathy when a little boy finds his mum dead in the garden of their home on a smart estate. The victim’s skull has been cracked by a rock.

At first there are few clues. Why on earth would a housewife and mum, seemingly without an enemy in the world, meet such a hideous end? In an absorbing story, Vera (Brenda Blethyn) does her thing, digging into the past and unearthing secrets.

With her faithful sidekick Aiden (Kenny Doughty), Vera calls on a succession of potential witnesses, all of whom are shifty, rude and dismissive. There’s the neighbour who seems unnecessarily aggressive, and even the dead woman’s husband, a prison officer, isn’t quite what he seems.

Vera is exasperated, of course, but then she stares into the distance as the solution presents itself, all nice and neat.

Summary

A mother of two is found murdered in her back garden. Vera and Aiden investigate the case, and delve into the disturbing secrets and ongoing conflicts that lurk beneath the surface of the victim's seemingly peaceful suburban community. The case takes a more complicated turn when the dead woman's estranged family make an unexpected reappearance, and while several of her neighbours may have had cause to carry out a crime of passion, her relatives may have had compelling motives of their own to kill. Guest starring Rita Tushingham.

Cast & Crew

DCI Vera Stanhope Brenda Blethyn
DS Aiden Healy Kenny Doughty
DC Kenny Lockhart Jon Morrison
Dr Marcus Summer Kingsley Ben-Adir
DC Jacqueline Williams Ibinabo Jack
DC Mark Edwards Riley Jones
Audrey Latham Rita Tushingham
Robert Naresby Christopher Fairbank
Vincent Regan Michael Glenn
Tom Naresby Steven Robertson
Brian Delaney Tim Woodward
Jason Glenn Ben Crompton
Asha Dabra Syreeta Kumar
Chris Harwen Martin Savage
Tina Brennan Lauren Carse
Sahil Dabra Gavi Singh Chera
Molly Glenn Lauren Waine
Elliot Glenn George Dickman
Alison Glenn Laura Medforth
Katy Farr Jennifer Saayeng
Graham Harper Jamie de Courcey
Director Chris Baugh
Executive Producer Phil Hunter
Producer Letitia Knight
Writer Paul Logue
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