Vera

Vera

Sunday, 3 June 2012, 8:00PM – 10:00PM

Sandancers:

Following the success of the first series broadcast in 2011 international award winning actress Brenda Blethyn, OBE, makes a welcome return to ITV1 as Detective Chief Inspector Vera Stanhope.

Set once again in contemporary Northumberland and Newcastle ITV Studios have produced four new stand-alone films of the hit crime thriller.

Written by Colin Teevan and directed by Julian Holmes guest stars include: Barbara Marten (Kidnap and Ransom, Waking the Dead, Casualty), Clare Calbraith (Downton Abbey, The Shadow Line) and Naomi Bentley (Love Life, White Man Van, Ideal).

Vera

Sunday, 20 May 2012, 8:00PM – 10:00PM

A Certain Samaritan: 

In the final episode of the second series D.C.I. Vera Stanhope (Brenda Blethyn) investigates the murder of 29 year old Niall Coulter. Circling Niall’s nearest and dearest including his mother Shirley (Phyllis Logan), Vera peels back the seemingly benign layers of his life to discover a deeper truth which those closest to him seem unwilling to give up. It is not until the body of a drug dealer is found washed up on a Northumberland beach that the dreadful truth begins to emerge about the heroin found present in Niall’s body. 

While faced with potentially life changing discoveries in her own life, Vera steers her way through the evidence of grief, love, protection and addiction that surrounded Niall’s life and deduces that his murderer acted through a selfless and unrequited love of their own. 

Vera

Sunday, 13 May 2012, 8:00PM – 10:00PM

Sandancers: 

Following the success of the first series broadcast in 2011 international award winning actress Brenda Blethyn, OBE, makes a welcome return to ITV1 as Detective Chief Inspector Vera Stanhope. 

Set once again in contemporary Northumberland and Newcastle ITV Studios have produced four new stand-alone films of the hit crime thriller. 

Written by Colin Teevan and directed by Julian Holmes guest stars include: Barbara Marten (Kidnap and Ransom, Waking the Dead, Casualty), Clare Calbraith (Downton Abbey, The Shadow Line) and Naomi Bentley (Love Life, White Man Van, Ideal). 

D.C.I. Vera Stanhope (Brenda Blethyn) and D.S. Joe Ashworth investigate a suspicious death in an army barracks, aided by Shep (Clare Calbraith), an enthusiastic and pro-active member of the Military Police. While the death of commanding officer Dev initially looks like suicide, murder is quickly established and the team need to find both a motive and a killer. 

Sensing a connection to Ollie (Ben Aldridge), a soldier killed in Afghanistan, Vera interviews Devaney’s (Barry McGee) loyal comrades, Vince (Steve Cree) and Budgie (Alex Price), and Ollie’s grieving and angry family, quickly establishing there’s a traumatic event which no-one wants to talk about. Through persistence and instinct Vera finally reveals the complicated turn of events that led to an act of revenge and the deaths of more than one soldier. 

Vera

Sunday, 29 April 2012, 8:00PM – 10:00PM

This information is embargoed from press use and non-commercial syndication and republication until 24 April 2012. 

Silent Voices: 

Following the success of the first series broadcast in 2011 international award winning actress Brenda Blethyn, OBE, makes a welcome return to ITV1 as Detective Chief Inspector Vera Stanhope. 

Set once again in contemporary Northumberland and Newcastle ITV Studios have produced four new stand-alone films of the hit crime thriller. 

Adapted by Gaby Chiappe (based on the novel by Ann Cleeves) and directed by Paul Whittington. Guest stars in Silent Voices include: Kaye Wragg (No Angels, The Lakes). Actress Cush Jumbo (The Inbetweeners Movie, Lip Service, Torchwood) joins the detective team as D.C. Bethany Whelan. 

Vera

Sunday, 22 April 2012, 8:00PM – 10:00PM

The Ghost Position: 

Following the success of the first series broadcast in 2011 international award winning actress Brenda Blethyn, OBE, makes a welcome return to ITV1 as Detective Chief Inspector Vera Stanhope. 

Set once again in contemporary Northumberland and Newcastle ITV Studios have produced four new stand-alone films of the hit crime thriller. 

Guest stars include: Julie Graham (Lapland, Survivors, William & Mary), Steven Hartley (Doctors, The Bill), Ron Cook (Little Dorrit, The Diary of Anne Frank) and Nina Sosanya (Silk, Five Days). 

Vera

Sunday, 22 May 2011, 8:00PM – 10:00PM

International award winning actress Brenda Blethyn OBE stars in VERA. The star of such prestigious productions as Secrets and Lies, Pride and Prejudice and Atonement will play Detective Inspector Vera Stanhope, in four stand alone films. The central character is Detective Chief Inspector Vera Stanhope who is obsessive about her work and driven by her own demons. If she’s lonely she doesn’t show it and faces the world with caustic wit, guile and courage. Her trusted and long suffering colleague is Sergeant Joe Ashworth (David Leon); her right hand man and surrogate son. Together they approach every new case with unparalleled gusto and professionalism. 

DCI Vera Stanhope (Brenda Blethyn) and her team uncover the murder of Margaret Wilde (Laura Norton), whose body has been discovered in a hedgerow, moments after her death. 

Margaret’s eleven year old son, Adam (Sam Jarvis), escaped the violent attack, only to fall into a freezing cold pond, where Vera finds him twenty minutes later. She wastes no time in taking matters into her own hands and wades into the water to pull him out. Against all the odds, Adam survives and becomes a vital witness to his mother’s murder. 

Sergeant Joe Ashworth (David Leon) is at first held up in court as a witness to a previous investigation, leaving way for DC Holly Lawson (Wunmi Mosaku) to step up to the plate and prove herself to Vera. However a connection between the two cases results in Joe returning to the investigation when Adam recognises Judge Patricia Carmichael (Kerry Fox). 

Vera is convinced that Bobby Slater’s (Kieran O’Brien) brief affair with Margaret is not all that it seems, especially when Joe discovers a petrol receipt putting him five minutes from where she was murdered. As the team delve deeper into Margaret’s past they unearth deadly secrets and murderous consequences, fuelled by power and money and, above all, a mother’s love. 

Vera, usually awkward and disinterested around children, finds a kindred spirit in Adam and begins to realise along the way that the key to the investigation lies deep within his memory, and someone he calls ‘shiny man’. 

New episodes of ITV’s crime drama VERA starring Brenda Blethyn have gone into production in Northumberland. Guest stars Hugo Speer (Five Days, Sorted, Full Monty), Gary Lewis (Mo, Billy Elliott) and Lolita Chakrabarti (Silent Witness, Fortysomething, The Bill) join Brenda in Telling Tales, the second of four self contained films.

Set around the Northumberland coast, the second film follows DI Vera Stanhope (Brenda Blethyn) as she sets out to retrospectively resolve the mystery of Abigail Mantel’s (Amber Britton-Dyer) murder.

It’s only after Jeanie Long’s (Sarah Preston) suicide hits the headlines that new evidence comes to light exonerating her for the murder of fifteen-year-old Abigail.  Throughout her eleven year sentence, Jeanie pleaded her innocence with Probation Officer, Robert Winter (Gary Lewis), but no one, including her own father, Michael (Alan Williams), believed her.  Abigail was found strangled in the countryside near her home and was the teenage daughter of Jeanie’s boyfriend, Keith Mantel (Hugo Speer).

Vera, accompanied by her loyal and long suffering team; Sergeant Joe Ashworth (David Leon), DC Holly Lawson (Wunmi Mosaku) and Forensic Pathologist Billy Cartwright (Paul Ritter), delve into the secrets and lies of a small community that continues to be rocked by Abigail’s murder.  For some, the wounds remain close to the surface, while others seek to put the past behind them.

In her inimitable style, Vera strips back the varnish disguising the truth, but not before the case takes a violent and unexpected turn with another – potentially connected – murder.  With a murderer on the loose, tension and suspicion run high between Vera and Caroline Fletcher (Lolita Chakrabarti), a former DI who convicted Jeanie of Abigail’s murder now linked to Keith. Vera uses her skill and instinct to expose the lies and half-truths at the heart of a small community, while setting the ghosts of Abigail and Jeanie to rest.

VERA also stars Jon Morrison as DC Kenny, Elizabeth Edmunds as Mary Winter, Daniel Rose as Chris Winter, Emun Elliott as James Bennett and Kate Foster- Barnes as Emma Bennett.

VERA has been commissioned by Director of Drama Commissioning Laura Mackie and Sally Haynes, Controller of Drama Commissioning, and is executive produced by Kate Bartlett, Creative Director – Drama ITVS and Kate Lewis. Elaine Collins is the producer and Peter Hoar will direct the second film.

The script, which is based on the book Telling Tales by Ann Cleeves, has been adapted for television by Paul Rutman who wrote the first VERA film and has also written for Marple and Lewis.

International bestseller and CWA Dagger award-winning author Ann Cleeves first introduced us to the inimitable Vera Stanhope in The Crow Trap in 2005 (followed by Telling Tales and Hidden Depths) and, since then, Ann’s beautifully atmospheric and psychological crime novels have continued to grip readers around the world, with translated editions of her work now published in 17 countries.

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