The Blanket Mire

Series 7 - Episode 4 The Blanket Mire



In this 2017 episode, a geological survey team is digging on top of the moors when, of course, they find a body. It’s Mia Hinkin, an 18-year-old girl missing for six weeks.

The discovery hurls DCI Vera Stanhope into the unfamiliar territory of social networking and rock gigs. There are some terrifically pedestrian pretend band names on posters plastered to Mia’s walls – Miniature Squirrel, Daughters of Fate, Oblivious Petal. They are so awful it’s rather sweet.

As her sidekick Joe explains to Vera (Brenda Blethyn) what a “retweet” is, the pair are unlikely additions to central Newcastle’s heaving nightlife as they trace the victim’s last movements. As witnesses are interviewed a picture of an unhappy girl trapped by a drab life on a remote farm emerges. And someone says, “It’s probably nothing.” But it’s always something.


A body is found buried on the Northumberland moors which could be a missing teenager from the nearby rural community of Brindale. The girl had disappeared six weeks previously, and Vera has to break the news to her devastated family. However, the realisation that she died so close to home rather than at a music festival as originally thought creates tension among her neighbours, who are soon suspecting each other of murder. The detective delves into the vulnerable young woman's isolated existence to identify her killer. Last in the series.

Cast & Crew

DCI Vera Stanhope Brenda Blethyn
DS Aiden Healy Kenny Doughty
DC Kenny Lockhart Jon Morrison
Dr Anthony Carmichael Christopher Colquhoun
DC Hicham Cherradi Noof McEwan
DC Mark Edwards Riley Jones
Nell Hinkin Kate Dickie
PC George Wooten Steve Evets
Mal Hinkin David Wilmot
Claire Tovey Kemi-Bo Jacobs
Jack Madden Martin McCann
Gary Tovey Jonjo O'Neill
Janusz Hiszpanski Florian Ghimpu
Erin Michaels Shannon Hayes
Woody Cosmo Jarvis
Owen Travers Kieron Bimpson
Blazej Bobienski Robert Luckay
Jo Travers Lu Corfield
Meryl Fairchild Natalie Klamar
Zoe Merrin Clara Indrani
Jason Hinkin Louis Dobson
Director John Hayes
Executive Producer Phil Hunter
Producer Letitia Knight
Writer Paul Matthew Thompson
Writer Martha Hillier
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