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Vera

  • Episode:

    3 of 4

  • Title:

    Series 10

  • Transmission (TX):

    Sun 26 Jan 2020

  • TX Confirmed

    Yes

  • Time

    8.00pm - 10.00pm

  • Week:

    Week 05 2020 : Sat 25 Jan - Fri 31 Jan

  • Channel:

    ITV

  • Published:

    Wed 15 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 3 - Dirty

Luke Sumner’s body is discovered close to his flat in Newcastle, but pathology concludes that the killing blow could have occurred several hours before he succumbed to his injuries, prompting Vera (Brenda Blethyn) to piece together Luke’s final hours in order to investigate his murder.  But Luke’s life is perplexingly spartan; working a punishing number of shifts for commercial cleaning company, ECS, and severing all ties to the quaint rural village where he grew up - including his mother Carmel.  Carmel and Luke have barely spoken in the last eight years, both of them still haunted by the murder of Luke’s have-a-go-hero father Seth by a petty burglar.
 
When Vera finds out Luke left work in a rage, mid-shift she turns her attention to Luke’s amiable employers, Sonia and Clive Brock.  But behind their helpful veneer, Vera uncovers disturbing claims of workplace intimidation and harassment. As the team build a portrait of Luke’s world, they reveal a pattern of violence and self-loathing recurring throughout his life.  Vera finds herself having to unpack Luke’s tragic past to discover the truth about his recent emotional turmoil and in so doing, catch his killer.