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  • Episode: 

    4 of 4

  • Title: 

    The Blanket Mire
  • Transmission (TX): 

    Sun 09 Apr 2017
  • TX Confirmed: 

  • Time: 

    8.00pm - 10.00pm
  • Week: 

    Week 15 2017 : Sat 08 Apr - Fri 14 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 4 - The Blanket Mire
Surveyors out on the Northumberland moors make a shocking discovery: the body of a young woman buried beneath the soil.
On the scene, assumptions are that this is the body of local teenager, Mia Hinkin, who disappeared six weeks ago.  DCI Vera Stanhope is forced to deliver the terrible news to a broken family, desperate for answers.
Mia left the family’s farm against their wishes to attend the Eastbury music festival, but never returned.
As the investigation progresses, tension mounts within the tight-knit community of Brindale, as its residents throw suspicion on the identity of Mia’s attacker.
With her body found so close to home, Vera must re-trace the vulnerable young woman’s footsteps from her isolated rural life and into a dark and tangled web of deceit to track down her killer.