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Vera

  • Episode:

    1 of 4

  • Title:

    Series 10

  • Transmission (TX):

    Sun 12 Jan 2020

  • TX Confirmed

    Yes

  • Time

    8.00pm - 10.00pm

  • Week:

    Week 03 2020 : Sat 11 Jan - Fri 17 Jan

  • Channel:

    ITV

  • Published:

    Wed 18 Dec 2019

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Series overview

Following the success of series nine, award-winning actress Brenda Blethyn returns as DCI Vera Stanhope in the longest running, British made, female-led detective series on ITV.

The tenth series will see the return of Kenny Doughty as Detective Sergeant Aiden Healy, who over the years has proved himself to be a strong and reliable partner to DCI Stanhope.

Completing Vera’s team is Jon Morrison who plays DC Kenny Lockhart, Riley Jones who plays DC Mark Edwards, Ibinabo Jack who plays DC Jacqueline Williams and Paul Kaye who returns as Pathologist Dr. Malcolm Donahue.

The four self-contained crime stories are inspired by the best-selling novels and characters created by acclaimed crime writer Ann Cleeves, who received the Diamond Dagger Award at the Crime Writers’ Association in 2017 for a lifetime achievement for sustained excellence.

Episode 1 - Blood Will Tell

Written by Paul Logue and directed by Paul Gay

Vera (Brenda Blethyn) has to unravel the circumstances of self-styled entrepreneur Freddie Gill’s (Jonathan Spencer) death when his body is found by bailiffs attempting to repossess his house.

Freddie is estranged from his wife and son – Jade (Charlotte Pyke) and Riley Gill (Josh Barrow) - who are now living back at her family's beloved pub with her formidable mother Tina Tripp (Marian McLoughlin), volatile brother Lee
(Brian Lonsdale) and taciturn uncle Darren (Barry Aird).

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.

Cast

DCI Vera Stanhope - BRENDA BLETHYN
DS Aiden Healy - KENNY DOUGHTY
DC Kenny Lockhart - JON MORRISON
DC Jacquelin Williams - IBINABO JACK
Pathologist Dr. Malcolm Donahue - PAUL KAYE
DC Mark Edwards - RILEY JONES
Freddie Gill - JONATHAN SPENCER
Nasir Ali - AJAY CHHABRA
Donnie Tripp - BARRY AIRD
Jade Gill - CHARLOTTE PYKE
Riley Gill - JOSH BARROW
Tina Tripp - MARIAN MCLOUGHLIN
Lee Tripp - BRIAN LONSDALE
Laura Whitelock - AMAKA OKAFOR
Nathan Whitelock - SIMON TRINDER
Anna Wilby - ANINE BIRKETT
Agrah Ali - JAY SAIGHAL
Saddiq Ali - VIRAJ JUNEJA
Sean Forrest - JALAAL HARTLEY
Danny Gillespie - DAVID BIRRELL
Paramedic - CHARITY BEDU-ADDO