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  • Episode: 

    1 of 4

  • Title: 

    Blood & Bone
  • Transmission (TX): 

    Sun 07 Jan 2018
  • TX Confirmed: 

  • Time: 

    8.00pm - 10.00pm
  • Week: 

    Week 02 2018 : Sat 06 Jan - Fri 12 Jan
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Series overview:
Led by BAFTA and Golden Globe award-winning actress Brenda Blethyn as the unorthodox but brilliant DCI Vera Stanhope, ITV’s top-rating crime drama returns for an eighth series. 
Based on the bestselling Inspector Stanhope novels by 2017 CWA Diamond Dagger recipient, Ann Cleeves, Vera and her team are drawn into four more compelling cases; the body of a police officer discovered in an abattoir incinerator, a mysterious car crash, a suburban back-garden murder and the circumstances that led to the death of a teenage boy.
Set around Newcastle and the stunning Northumberland countryside, Vera features complex and intriguing cases, atmospherically-shot landscapes and captivating performances.
Brenda is joined by co-stars Kenny Doughty, Jon Morrison, Ibinabo Jack, Kingsley Ben-Adir and Riley Jones. 
Other actors joining them across four new stand-alone films include Ben Batt, Vincent Regan, Ben Crompton, Ian Puleston-Davies, Steve Evets and Rita Tushingham.
Series eight is produced by Letitia Knight and directed by Paul Gay, David Leon, Chris Baugh and Lee Haven-Jones. Phil Hunter returns as Executive Producer for his second series. 
Episode 1 - Blood & Bone
DCI Vera Stanhope (Brenda Blethyn) is called to a chilling murder scene when the charred remains of a body are discovered in an abattoir incinerator. With limited forensic evidence, she is disturbed to identify the body as DC Harry Fenton, a respected police officer from the Northumberland & City Fraud Unit. 
A club man, Vera and Aiden (Kenny Doughty) meet Harry’s grieving family and friends in a tightly-knit fishing community who are shocked to learn of the devastating murder. Vera looks to Harry’s fraud team to try and find answers, but she begins to sense that all is not what it seems. One of Harry’s former colleagues continues to rub Vera up the wrong way by poking her nose into the investigation. Whereas DC Jac Williams (Ibinabo Jack) gives Vera a useful tip off. And then one of Harry’s old fraud cases begins to cross over into Vera’s enquiries. 
Aided by DC Kenny Lockhart (Jon Morrison) and pathologist Dr Marcus Summer (Kingsley Ben-Adir), Vera discovers a web of secrets that lead her to Harry’s killer.