Continuing Sunday / 7:00pm ITV1 111 min.
DCI Vera Stanhope is obsessive about her work. With her caustic wit and guile, the unorthodox but brilliant detective investigates chilling crimes set in Northumberland with her trusted colleagues.

Season 12

4 Episodes

On the night of a massive storm, trying to get home, DCI Vera Stanhope (Brenda Blethyn) comes across an abandoned car with a baby inside. With no mobile signal and blocked roads at every turn, Vera is forced to seek refuge somewhere she’d rather not be, Brockburn House, the Stanhope’s ancestral pile. Vera doesn’t exactly receive a warm welcome from her estranged family as there’s a function in full swing and her turning up with a baby isn’t a great look. Things start to look even worse and take a far sinister turn when a body is found on the track leading to Brockburn House.
Feb 19 2023
Blue 12x03
Joel Kingston is a copper’s copper from a respected and notable police family but when he is found dead, floating in a park lake, DCI Vera Stanhope (Brenda Blethyn) finds herself investigating both sides of the thin blue line in order to find his killer. A complex family dynamic, tensions at work, and brushes with the underworld, paint a dark and complex picture. Joel was there to serve and protect but did his stubborn commitment to justice at any price lead to his death? Or, was he killed to stop him revealing a secret that would destroy someone’s life? Vera steps on toes and ruffles a few police feathers as she searches for answers as to why PC Joel Kingston is no longer on the beat.
Feb 12 2023
Lance Corporal Conn Burns was a dedicated, diligent and decorated soldier with a loving young family but all of that fell apart when he left the army. Adapting to civilian life was not easy and after a series of bad life choices, Conn found himself desolate, down and out on the streets of Newcastle. Attempting to get his life back on track, Conn had recently been making moves that would see him repay old debts, rebuild relationships and get him off the streets but a dark secret from his past, and betrayal in the present, left his future looking uncertain, and deadly.
Feb 05 2023
DCI Vera Stanhope (Brenda Blethyn) is called to a remote lighthouse where a body has been discovered lashed to a sailboat. Immediately setting about her investigation, Vera soon discovers that the body is local council enforcement officer and experienced amateur sailor Frank Channing. A family man, with strong friendships, who was well respected at work, surely this really was just an accident? However, it's not long before Vera discovers evidence suggesting foul play. Vera and her team piece together Frank’s final days and soon discover that his life wasn’t all plain sailing.
Jan 29 2023

Season 11

6 Episodes

The body of a young woman has been washed up on the banks of the River Tyne. Although she was a popular colleague, loyal friend, and loving mother and wife, we uncover a web of intrigue, betrayal, and lost promises.
Jan 22 2023
Vera is called out to the grim scene of a body found in the back of a burned out car. When identified as a popular local GP, we enter the world of intrigue, betrayal, and lust.
Jan 15 2023
Primary school teacher Lizzy Swann is found dead at the bottom of a cliffside coastal walkway, but what appears at first to be a terrible accident, quickly becomes a murder investigation as Vera discovers evidence the body has been tampered with. Interviews with those who knew Lizzy paint a troubling picture of a guarded and paranoid woman who seemed to be burning bridges with friends and family alike in the days leading up to her death.
Jan 16 2022
Vera investigates a daring robbery at a port and uncovers a web of intrigue when it turns out to be an inside job. The insider's motivation isn't just money, his son has been kidnapped to make sure everyone sticks to the plan.
Jan 09 2022
Recovery 11x02
DCI Vera Stanhope is called to the scene when the body of addiction support worker Angela Konan is found hidden among the bleak woodlands of Northumberland National Park. Vera and her team must peel back the layers of the introverted victim's life to uncover her closely guarded secrets and surprising depths, as it appears an increasingly erratic Angela clashed with two clients in the week before she died.
Sep 05 2021
Witness 11x01
A contractor is found dead on the steps of Collingwood Memorial after being attacked. Vera then discovers that the contractor recently testified as a key witness in a violent assault case, and wonders if the two things are connected.
Aug 29 2021

Season 10

4 Episodes

Vera investigates the case of a wealthy betting shop tycoon who was murdered during a home invasion in front of his wife and daughter.
Feb 02 2020
Dirty 10x03
DCI Vera Stanhope must piece together Luke Sumner's final hours in order to investigate his murder.
Jan 26 2020
A young man seeking his biological father is found face down in the water.
Jan 19 2020
Vera has to unravel the circumstances of self-styled entrepreneur Freddie Gill’s death when his body is found by bailiffs attempting to repossess his house. Freddie is estranged from his wife and son – Jade and Riley Gill – who are now living back at her family's beloved pub with her formidable mother Tina Tripp, volatile brother Lee and taciturn uncle Darren. Matters are further complicated when Vera finds out Jade’s father Arthur, having recently succumbed to terminal illness, had secretly been keeping ties with Freddie despite him having been ejected from the family. Vera soon discovers Freddie’s professional life is just as turbulent when she learns the used-car sales company he runs with business partner and lifelong friend Nasir Ali, is failing and it is targeted by an arson attack. Vera must uncover whether the motive behind Freddie’s death comes from the trouble at the heart of his family, his desperate financial crises or his glances with organised crime.
Jan 12 2020

Season 9

4 Episodes

Vera must find the connection between a skeleton discovered underneath the site of a notorious burnt-out nightclub and a present day murder.
Feb 03 2019
A beauty empire is shaken to the ground when one of three sisters is found dead in the River Tyne. DCI Vera Stanhope investigates.
Jan 27 2019
Cuckoo 9x02
Vera must get to the bottom of why a teenage boy is found murdered far away from his home in a coastal town.
Jan 20 2019
Vera investigates the murder of a trainee forensic psychologist found dead on a Northumberland landfill site.
Jan 13 2019

Season 8

4 Episodes

Vera is confronted with a tragic mystery when the dead body of teenager Ethan Dewley is found floating in a reservoir.
Jan 28 2018
Home 8x03
Quiet life in suburbia takes a dark turn when a woman is discovered lying dead in her back garden.
Jan 21 2018
Vera is called to the scene of a violent car crash, and quickly realizes that the crash was not accidental and that another driver tried to kill victim, Faye Wakeland.
Jan 14 2018
Vera is called to a chilling murder scene when the charred remains of a body are discovered in an abattoir incinerator.
Jan 07 2018

Season 7

4 Episodes

Surveyors out on the Northumberland moors make a shocking discovery: the body of a young woman buried beneath the soil.
Apr 09 2017
Vera is called to Northumberland University when a student plummets to his death from the top of a disused faculty building.
Apr 02 2017
The body of a young man is discovered face down in a river by Thrunton Woods. But tracing the victim's identity proves difficult for Vera and her team.
Mar 26 2017
Vera is drawn into a suspicious death on Ternstone, a remote and inaccessible island off the coast of Northumberland, home only to numerous species of birds and the rangers who observe them.
Mar 19 2017

Season 6

4 Episodes

Vera investigates the mysterious death of a fisherman found tangled in the nets of a North Sea trawler.
Feb 21 2016
Vera investigates the murder of 22-year-old Alex Gartside, victim of a hit and run in a remote Northumberland Valley.
Feb 14 2016
Vera investigates the death of a local lad whose body is found wrapped in plastic sheets at a rural teenage hang out.
Feb 07 2016
Vera investigates the murder of a 56-year-old grandmother discovered by a young girl on the wild and desolate Northumberland moors.
Jan 31 2016

Season 5

4 Episodes

Vera uncovers a life of secrets and lies when a well-loved family man plummets to his death from a multi-story car park.
Apr 26 2015
Vera investigates the death of an unidentified man dredged up from a slurry pit on a remote Northumberland farm.
Apr 19 2015
When the remains of a teenage girl are found half-buried in a wood, Vera and her team find themselves investigating a 30-year-old mystery.
Apr 12 2015
Vera takes a look into a suspicious fire that rips through a holiday park on the Northumberland coast. Three cabins are destroyed and the body of a woman is discovered inside inside one of them.
Apr 05 2015

Season 4

4 Episodes

Vera delves into the tangled life of a businessman found floating in the water under the Gateshead Millennium Bridge.
May 18 2014
Vera delves into the tragic last months of a failed novelist after he is gunned down on a remote Northumberland moor.
May 11 2014
Vera unearths a 30-year-old mystery after a brutal murder on the sands of a seaside resort.
May 04 2014
Vera investigates the mysterious death of a pensioner on a busy commuter train.
Apr 27 2014

Season 3

4 Episodes

Vera's investigation into the murder of an ex-Met officer turns out to be far more complicated than initially imagined.
Sep 15 2013
Vera investigates the death of an extreme sports fanatic, who was seen by a group of campers jumping into the lake while on fire from head to toe.
Sep 08 2013
A surgeon is murdered and his daughters abducted leaving Vera's team to trace the killer and rescue the daughters.
Sep 01 2013
A young physiotherapist is brutally murdered and Vera leads the investigation into her death.
Aug 25 2013

Season 2

4 Episodes

The authorities at a local army base are in an ungodly hurry to declare the death of a decorated Afghanistan War veteran a suicide, but Vera doubts it.
Jun 03 2012
A young man is found dead with heroin in his blood and a stolen credit card in his wallet. But only when Vera learns details of his mother's life does a motive for murder emerge.
May 20 2012
Vera investigates the murder of a social worker and finds that a notorious case involving the death of a child may hold the key to solving the case.
Apr 29 2012
Vera's reunion with her first sergeant occurs under tragic circumstances when his house is petrol-bombed. The investigation forces her to face old memories.
Apr 22 2012

Season 1

4 Episodes

Vera finds herself acting as caretaker for a boy whose mother was murdered in front of his eyes.
May 22 2011
As groundbreaking begins on a rock quarry in the moorlands, a local woman who had opposed the construction is found murdered.
May 15 2011
Vera must put together the pieces of a 11-year-old murder and stop a ruthless killer before he or she strikes again.
May 08 2011
A handsome young man, a coquettish student teacher, nothing in common between them - except that both were murdered and left with their bodies meticulously posed.
May 01 2011