Series 8 - Episode 4 Darkwater



A young man’s body is pulled from a reservoir (actually the magnificent Kielder Water in Northumberland). As Det Chief Insp Vera Stanhope dons a life jacket to investigate the last case in the current series (we’ll miss her), she wonders if the victim died by accident, or was murdered

Of course he was murdered, there’s a great big wound on the back of his head and his clothes have been removed and very tidily left on the water’s edge. Odd for a boy whose bedroom is a tip.

The victim was a bit of a misfit who was bullied by local lads. As Vera (Brenda Blethyn) plods towards the truth she discovers interwoven webs of lies.


The dead body of a teenage boy is found in a reservoir near a remote rural timber community. Vera and her team investigate, and discover that the boy had already been missing for three days prior to his death. However, the case is complicated by an apparent conspiracy of silence, as many of the townsfolk refuse to cooperate with the police investigation. A complex web of relationships between the victim's friends and family slowly emerges, with many dark secrets that could have driven someone to kill.

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
PC George Wooten Steve Evets
Sean Dewley Ian Puleston-Davies
Laura Halcombe Jemima West
Gary Whenchurch Will Johnson
Glenda Jannen Amy Marston
Jim Briscoe Daniel Weyman
Adam Jannen Jack Bandeira
Alice Whenchurch Shalisha James-Davis
Simon Whenchurch Asan N'Jie
Owen Jannen Phil McKee
Ellie Dewley Angela Lonsdale
SSI Sally Peters Moyo Akande
Tanya Beltran Kristy Philipps
Vinnie Tidwell Shaun Mason
Director Lee Haven Jones
Executive Producer Phil Hunter
Producer Letitia Knight
Writer Paul Matthew Thompson
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