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  • Episode:

    2 of 4

  • Title:

    Series 10

  • Transmission (TX):

    Sun 19 Jan 2020

  • TX Confirmed


  • Time

    8.10pm - 10.05pm

  • Week:

    Week 04 2020 : Sat 18 Jan - Fri 24 Jan

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  • Published:

    Wed 08 Jan 2020

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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 2 – Parent Not Expected

The body of 19-year-old apprentice electrician Dennis Bayliss is discovered, washed up on the shore of a North Northumberland rural estate.  DCI Vera Stanhope (Brenda Blethyn) is called to investigate and soon encounters the Walken family, who run a booming salmon farm off the coast of their land. Dennis turns out to be the estranged son of Steph and Rob Bayliss who are left crippled by his death, having lost him once already when he abandoned them to seek out his biological father; Thomas Walken!

Vera discovers tensions and fallouts have been a feature of Dennis’ life since a DNA home-test kit – a gift from his now ex-girlfriend, Phoebe - revealed the secret about his paternity, dropping a genealogical bombshell between the two families. It appears Dennis was caught in a downward emotional spiral, alienating his parents and friends and apparently turning to dealing prescription drugs to supplement his income.  But Vera has to look closer at the strained relationships of Dennis' two families in order to find the truth about his death.