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  • Episode: 

    1 of 4

  • Title: 

    On Harbour Street
  • Transmission (TX): 

    Sun 27 Apr 2014
  • TX Confirmed: 

  • Time: 

    8.00pm - 10.00pm
  • Week: 

    Week 18 2014 : Sat 26 Apr - Fri 02 May
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Series overview
International award winning actress Brenda Blethyn reprises her leading role as the brilliantly perceptive D.C.I. Vera Stanhope for a fourth series of the popular crime drama produced by ITV Studios.
Actor, director and writer David Leon also returns to his role as Vera’s trusted sidekick, Detective Sergeant Joe Ashworth, and relished the opportunity to return to his native home in the North East to film four new stand‐alone films.
Episode one: On Harbour Street
Adapted by Paul Rutman from the novel ‘Harbour Street’ written by Ann Cleeves Directed by Thaddeus O’Sullivan
D.C.I. Vera Stanhope (Brenda Blethyn) investigates the mysterious death of pensioner Margaret Kraszewski (Annabel Leventon) found stabbed on a busy Newcastle train at the height of rush hour. With his daughter a key witness in the investigation, D.S. Joe Ashworth (David Leon) has a personal stake in finding Margaret’s killer.
The trail leads them to a run down seaside B&B, where Margaret lived with Kate Darrow (Eva Birthistle) and her teenage children, Ryan (William Rush) and Chloe (Oliver Jack). Kate can’t believe anyone would want to hurt the mild mannered pensioner but Vera believes Margaret knew her killer.
Enquiries lead them to Dee Sinton (Tilly Vosburgh), an alcoholic and old friend recently thrown out of the shelter where Margaret volunteered. When Dee is found dead, Vera knows the key to this new killing will be found in Margaret’s past.
Pub landlord Valerie Furlow (Lynn Farleigh) remembers Dee and Margaret living in the same house and suggests her Polish ex-­‐husband was violent. But he hasn’t been seen in thirty years. Local fisherman Malcolm Kenrich (Paul Copley) denies a close friendship with Margaret, but why has he been left responsible for her will?
With the help of her colleagues, D.C. Rebecca Shepherd (Clare Calbraith) and D.C. Kenny Lockhart (Jon Morrison), Vera finds herself searching deep into the hidden past of this quiet Northumberland town, led by clues that keep revolving around one street. But why are the residents of Harbour Street so reluctant to talk?
D.C.I. Vera Stanhope - Brenda Blethyn
D.S. Joe Ashworth - David Leon
D.C. Kenny Lockhart - Jon Morrison
D.C. Rebecca Shepherd - Clare Calbraith
Celine Ashworth - Sonya Cassidy
Pathologist Marcus Summer- Kingsley Ben-Adir
D.C. Mark Edwards - Riley Jones
Jessie Ashworth - Olivia Armstrong
Malcolm Kenrich - Paul Copley
Dee Sinton - Tilly Vosburgh
Kate Darrow - Eva Birthistle
Ryan Darrow - William Rush
Chloe Darrow - Olivia Jack
Stuart Bayliss - Alistair Petrie
George Everitt - Sean McKenzie
P.C. Mike Randall - Joshua Hill
Jane Robinson - Jacqueline Phillips
Emily - Harriet Hunter-Purvis
Edwin Short - Roland Oliver
Valerie Furlow - Lynn Farleigh
Walter Kraszewski - Bogdan Kominowski
Margaret Kraszewski - Annabel Leventon
Neighbour - Pip Chamberlin
Boy - Evan Atherton