Series 9 - Episode 2 Cuckoo



Vera’s temper is volcanic when she comes up against a case that really gets underneath her skin; a teenage boy is found stabbed to death in the boatyard of a quiet seaside town. He’d travelled there from Newcastle after bolting from his care home, and she must find out why.

The answer leads Vera and her little team into a desperately dark and seedy underworld full of lost souls and vulnerable young men and women. For the squeamish among you (and I mean ME) there are a number of Trainspotting-type shots of fetid toilets, so prepare to look away.

It’s an unusual case for Vera (Brenda Blethyn) who doesn’t tend to collide with raw and very current horrors – like the practice of “cuckooing” where a drugs gang takes over the home of a vulnerable addict, and “county lines” drug dealing.


The detective investigates the discovery of an unidentified teenage boy's body in a coastal town's shipyard, who is revealed to be listed as a missing person, having absconded from the care of his support worker. Vera discovers that the quiet community where he was found is plagued by a serious drugs problem - despite the fact that the only known dealer in the area has turned his back on crime. The victim could be the answer to the mystery, but a wall of silence surrounds his death. Mark Addy guest stars.

Cast & Crew

DCI Vera Stanhope Brenda Blethyn
DS Aiden Healy Kenny Doughty
DC Jacqueline Williams Ibinabo Jack
Dr Malcolm Donahue Paul Kaye
DC Mark Edwards Riley Jones
Tony Briggs Mark Addy
Roy Brewer Lorcan Cranitch
PC Shawn Turnly John Hollingworth
Nita Dajani Vineeta Rishi
Christine Madden Stephanie Street
Gary Mincham Deka Walmsley
Kayleigh Mincham Chelsea Edge
Dave Miller Dean Fagan
Lee Nadella Assad Zaman
Tyler Lennon Louis Healy
Bridie Mincham Pauline Turner
Alan White Jonny Lavelle
Declan Price Sam Chapman
Nathaniel Halpin Matt Cross
Caden Lennon Ben Robinson
Director Lawrence Gough
Executive Producer Phil Hunter
Producer Will Nicholson
Writer Paul Matthew Thompson
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