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  • Episode: 

    3 of 4

  • Title: 

    Broken Promise
  • Transmission (TX): 

    Sun 02 Apr 2017
  • TX Confirmed: 

  • Time: 

    8.00pm - 10.00pm
  • Week: 

    Week 14 2017 : Sat 01 Apr - Fri 07 Apr
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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 3 - Broken Promise
DCI Vera Stanhope (Brenda Blethyn) is called to the University of Northumberland when Jamie Marshall, a young, promising journalism student, plummets to his death from the top of a disused faculty building.  
With no eyewitnesses and no immediate leads, Vera turns to friends and family to glean all she can about Jamie, and to discover who might have wanted him dead.  
Vera’s investigation delves further into Jamie’s academic and personal life, as it becomes apparent that all is not as it seems.  His sunny persona is betrayed by vlog posts that cast Jamie in a different light altogether, with anger and resentment bubbling to the surface.
But what was Jamie rallying against?  And, in writing part-time for the local newspaper, could this bright, popular student have made enemies that would want to silence him?
Facing deception from all quarters, Vera must unravel the tangled web of relationships in Jamie’s life before an unexpected chain of events leads to disastrous consequences.