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Vera

  • Episode: 

    2 of 4

  • Title: 

    Cuckoo
  • Transmission (TX): 

    Sun 20 Jan 2019
  • TX Confirmed: 

    Yes
  • Time: 

    8.10pm - 10.05pm
  • Week: 

    Week 04 2019 : Sat 19 Jan - Fri 25 Jan
  • Channel: 

    ITV
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Series overview
 
Following the huge success of series eight, award winning actress, Brenda Blethyn dons her infamous mac and hat to play the unorthodox but brilliantly perceptive Detective Chief Inspector Vera Stanhope, in four chilling feature length episodes set against the backdrop of the North East.
 
Episode 2 - Cuckoo 
 
Vera (Brenda Blethyn) is confronted with the tragic scene of a teenage boy’s murder. His body is found in a shipyard in the sleepy coastal town of Peyton-by-the-Sea. As he isn’t recognised locally, it’s not immediately apparent who he is. Eventually, Missing Persons records reveal that troubled Caden Lennon had absconded from the care of his support worker six weeks previously. 
 
With few leads thrown up by the Newcastle estate where Caden came from, Vera looks to the Peyton locals to throw some light on the investigation. Beneath the quaint facade she discovers that there is a growing drugs problem. But, with local dealer Tony Briggs (Mark Addy) now apparently going straight, it’s not clear why. Vera begins to question whether Caden’s connections to Newcastle and Peyton run deeper, and whether the lack of leads points to a ring of silence with darker forces at play. Vera must uncover the missing link to find Caden’s ruthless killer.
 
Cast
 
DCI Vera Stanhope - BRENDA BLETHYN
DS Aiden Healy - KENNY DOUGHTY
DC Kenny Lockhart - JON MORRISON
DC Mark Edwards - RILEY JONES
Pathologist Dr. Malcolm Donahue - PAUL KAYE