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  • Episode: 

    2 of 4

  • Title: 

    Dark Angel
  • Transmission (TX): 

    Sun 26 Mar 2017
  • TX Confirmed: 

  • Time: 

    8.00pm - 10.00pm
  • Week: 

    Week 13 2017 : Sat 25 Mar - Fri 31 Mar
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Series overview
ITV’s top-rating crime drama returns for a seventh series. 
Based on the bestselling Inspector Stanhope books by award-winning writer Ann Cleeves, Vera and her team are drawn into four more compelling mysteries, including the death of a wildlife ranger, left alone overnight on a remote and inaccessible island.  
Set around Newcastle and the stunning Northumberland countryside, Vera features complex and intriguing cases, atmospherically-shot landscapes and captivating performances, led by BAFTA and Golden Globe award-winning actress Brenda Blethyn as the unorthodox but brilliant DCI Vera Stanhope.
Brenda is reunited with co-stars Kenny Doughty, Jon Morrison, Noof McEwan, Christopher Colquhoun, Lisa Hammond and Riley Jones. 
Other actors joining them across the four new stand-alone films include Suzanne  Packer (Stella, The Level, Casualty), Robert Pugh (Mr Selfridge, Dr Foster), Ace Bhatti (DCI Banks, Shetland, In The Club), Struan Rodger (Gone, Unforgotten, Prey), Annie Hulley (Doctors, Sirens, Emmerdale), Emily Joyce (My Almost Famous Family, Mutual Friends) and Steve Evets (One of Us, Looking for Eric).
Series seven is produced by Letitia Knight and directed by Jamie Childs, Louise Hooper, Lee Haven Jones and John Hayes. 
ITV Studios Creative Director of Drama, Kate Bartlett, is Executive Producer alongside Phil Hunter.
Episode 2 - Dark Angel
The body of a young man is discovered face down in a river by Thrunton Woods, bludgeoned to death.  But with no ID on the body, tracing the victim's identity proves difficult for DCI Vera Stanhope (Brenda Blethyn) and her team.  Vera is forced to make headway with the only clues they have: a mourning ring worn around the young man's neck, needle marks on the body, and a drugs wrap with a distinctive stamp - 'Dark Angel'.
Tracing the stamp draws Vera to Gateshead and into Newcastle's criminal underbelly, where it transpires the victim, Nathan, had several ties with people both dangerous and vulnerable; people with good reason to want Nathan out of the picture.
But the investigation takes an unexpected turn when a witness sighting leads Vera and DS Aiden Healy (Kenny Doughty) to the scene of an old crime: a remote farm in which a brutal murder took place some 13 years ago.  DC Kenny Lockhart (Jon Morrison) remembers the case well - he helped put the perpetrator, Eddie Thurston (Robert Pugh), behind bars.  Could there be a link between Nathan's murder and the historic crime? 
The investigation intensifies when Vera discovers anomalies, which throw new light on events both past and present.  A betrayal lies at the heart of the crime, and Vera must catch the killer before they can harm again.