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  • Episode: 

    2 of 4

  • Title: 

    Black Ice
  • Transmission (TX): 

    Sun 14 Jan 2018
  • TX Confirmed: 

  • Time: 

    8.00pm - 10.00pm
  • Week: 

    Week 03 2018 : Sat 13 Jan - Fri 19 Jan
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Episode 2 - Black Ice
DCI Vera Stanhope (Brenda Blethyn) is called to the scene of a violent car crash. With her typically sharp skills of observation, Vera quickly realises that the crash was not accidental and that another driver tried to kill victim, Faye Wakeland. 
When she dies in hospital shortly after, Vera suspects that Faye’s murder might be connected to the recent suicide of a local man. She is a popular and well-loved member of a coastal community. But, Vera and Aiden (Kenny Doughty) find it difficult to get to the truth when everyone that they encounter seem to be protecting a secret. Vera must continue to delve into the lives of the people that Faye lived amongst, as well as the links she had with her past. Joined by her faithful team including DC Kenny Lockhart (Jon Morrison), as well as new recruit DC Jac Williams (Ibinabo Jack), Vera attempts to find the missing link that will lead to Faye’s killer.
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.