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  • Episode:

    3 of 4

  • Title:

    Cold River

  • Transmission (TX):

    Sun 27 Jan 2019

  • TX Confirmed


  • Time

    8.00pm - 10.00pm

  • Week:

    Week 05 2019 : Sat 26 Jan - Fri 01 Feb

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  • Published:

    Tue 15 Jan 2019

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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 3 - Cold River


Successful business-woman Lisa Varsey (Shivani Ghai) throws a lavish boat party for her family and friends on the River Tyne. But it goes horribly wrong when her sister Dani is found dead in the water. Lisa has an empire of beauty salons in Newcastle and a caring family in husband, Ross (Patrick Baladi), and sister Sadie (Sonita Henry). At first the family believe that Dani’s death was an accident but DCI Vera Stanhope (Brenda Blethyn) and pathologist Malcolm Donahue (Paul Kaye) know that the forensics point to murder. 


Vera and the team alight on concerning rumours that Dani could have been in an abusive relationship and questions whether this could have led to her death. But, the investigation takes a turn when evidence points to the fact that something was rotten in another area of Dani’s life. Vera begins to believe that Dani was going to expose an unpalatable truth. Vera must unpick the tightly-woven threads that hold the family together to discover who killed an innocent woman.







DC Kenny Lockhart - JON MORRISON

DC Mark Edwards - RILEY JONES

Pathologist Dr. Malcolm Donahue - PAUL KAYE