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Vera: Season 2: Episode 4 -- Vera and the team investigate a murder at an army barracks. Sensing a connection to a death in Afghanistan, Vera uncovers the hidden trauma behind the crime.
Vera: Season 2: Episode 3 -- DCI Vera Stanhope investigates the murder of 29 year old Niall Coulter. With those closest to Niall intent upon obscuring the truth.
Vera: Season 2: Episode 2 -- Detective drama. Vera investigates the murder of a social worker and finds that a notorious case involving the death of a child may hold the key to solving the case.
Vera: Season 2: Episode 1 -- Vera's reunion with her first sergeant occurs under tragic circumstances when his house is petrol-bombed. The investigation forces her to face old memories.
Vera: Season 1: Episode 4 -- Vera rescues a boy from a pond after he escapes from a violent attack which left his mother dead. Does the key to the murder lie in his memory?

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Release Date:
2011 (UK) See more »
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Plot:
With her caustic wit and singular charm, DCI Vera Stanhope and her trusted right-hand man DS Joe Ashworth face a series of captivating murder mysteries set against the breathtaking Northumberland landscape. Full summary »
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Cast

 (Series Cast Summary - 5 of 15)

Brenda Blethyn ... DCI Vera Stanhope (20 episodes, 2011-2015)

David Leon ... DS Joe Ashworth (16 episodes, 2011-2014)
Jon Morrison ... DC Kenny Lockhart (15 episodes, 2011-2014)

Paul Ritter ... Billy Cartwright (12 episodes, 2011-2013)

Tom Hutch ... DC John Warren (12 episodes, 2012-2014)
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Series Directed by
Peter Hoar (2 episodes, 2011-2012)
Paul Whittington (2 episodes, 2011-2012)
Thaddeus O'Sullivan (2 episodes, 2013-2014)
William Sinclair (2 episodes, 2013-2014)
Daikin Marsh (2 episodes, 2014-2015)
 
Series Writing credits
Ann Cleeves (12 episodes, 2011-2014)
Paul Rutman (8 episodes, 2011-2014)
Gaby Chiappe (3 episodes, 2012-2013)
Martha Hillier (2 episodes, 2014)

Series Produced by
Margaret Mitchell .... producer / line producer (17 episodes, 2011-2015)
Elaine Collins .... executive producer / producer (15 episodes, 2011-2014)
Will Nicholson .... line producer (11 episodes, 2013-2015)
Kate Bartlett .... executive producer (8 episodes, 2011-2015)
Kate Lewis .... executive producer (7 episodes, 2011-2012)
 
Series Original Music by
Ben Bartlett (9 episodes, 2011-2013)
 
Series Cinematography by
Stephan Pehrsson (3 episodes, 2011-2012)
Jean-Philippe Gossart (2 episodes, 2012)
Adam Suschitzky (2 episodes, 2013-2014)
 
Series Film Editing by
Nick McPhee (4 episodes, 2011-2013)
Melanie Viner-Cuneo (3 episodes, 2013-2014)
 
Series Casting by
Jill Trevellick (3 episodes, 2011)
Julie Harkin (2 episodes, 2012)
 
Series Production Design by
Catrin Meredydd (4 episodes, 2011)
Susie Cullen (4 episodes, 2012)
Anthea Nelson (4 episodes, 2013)
David Roger (2 episodes, 2011)
 
Series Art Direction by
Maddy Turnbull (4 episodes, 2013)
Ben Smith (3 episodes, 2011)
Mike McLoughlin (3 episodes, 2012)
Paul Frost (2 episodes, 2011-2012)
 
Series Set Decoration by
Mickaela Trodden (4 episodes, 2014)
 
Series Costume Design by
Sue Thomson (8 episodes, 2011-2012)
Louise Page (4 episodes, 2014)
Andrew Cox (4 episodes, 2015)
 
Series Makeup Department
Jane Walker .... makeup designer / makeup artist (5 episodes, 2011-2012)
Alexis Dolman .... makeup trainee / make-up trainee (4 episodes, 2012)
Marianna Kyriacou .... hair stylist/makeup artist (4 episodes, 2012)
Kerry Nicholson .... additional makeup artist (2 episodes, 2012)
Amy Pilkington .... makeup trainee (2 episodes, 2014)
 
Series Production Management
Hilary Stewart .... post-production supervisor (6 episodes, 2011-2012)
Mark Valentine .... unit manager (5 episodes, 2011-2012)
Kayleigh Cruickshank .... unit manager (3 episodes, 2011)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Michelle McDermott .... third assistant director (7 episodes, 2011-2012)
Finn McGrath .... first assistant director (4 episodes, 2011-2013)
Penny Davies .... second assistant director (4 episodes, 2012)
Matt Bensley .... third assistant director (4 episodes, 2013)
Blandine Grimaldi .... third assistant director (4 episodes, 2014)
Ben Harrison .... second assistant director (3 episodes, 2011)
Tracey Warren .... second assistant director (3 episodes, 2014-2015)
Sarah Kenyon .... third assistant director (2 episodes, 2011)
Mark Taylor .... first assistant director (2 episodes, 2012)
Kristian Dench .... first assistant director (2 episodes, 2013-2014)
 
Series Art Department
Geoff Blackburn .... standby prop (8 episodes, 2011-2012)
Rebecca Hemy .... stand-by art director / assistant art director (7 episodes, 2011-2012)
Derek Roberts .... property master (5 episodes, 2011-2013)
James Allan .... property master (5 episodes, 2011-2012)
James Garrett .... stand-by props (5 episodes, 2011-2012)
Malcolm Wilkie .... storyboard artist (5 episodes, 2012-2013)
David Medlycott .... production buyer (4 episodes, 2011-2012)
Kimberley Fahey .... set decorator buyer (4 episodes, 2011)
Russell Lee .... props (4 episodes, 2011)
Rebecca Mason .... art department assistant (4 episodes, 2012)
Adrienne McGrane .... graphic designer (4 episodes, 2012)
Ian Tomlinson .... assistant art director (4 episodes, 2012)
Miriam Skelton .... graphic designer: dailies / graphic design: dailies / ... (4 episodes, 2013)
Ben Clements .... stand-by art-director (4 episodes, 2014)
Zoey Brown .... graphic artist (4 episodes, 2015)
Graham Ward .... stand-by art director (3 episodes, 2011)
Natalie Astridge .... standby art director (3 episodes, 2013)
Solomon Honey .... art department assistant (3 episodes, 2014)
Daisy Mason .... graphic designer (3 episodes, 2014)
Harry Hull .... head painter (2 episodes, 2011-2012)
Roy Payne .... dressing props (2 episodes, 2011-2012)
Paul Frost .... standby art director (2 episodes, 2012)
Russell Youmans .... construction manager (2 episodes, 2012)
Maryam Mojtabavi .... graphic designer (2 episodes, 2013)
 
Series Sound Department
Simon Gershon .... sound designer / sound editor / ... (16 episodes, 2011-2014)
Gareth Hemes .... boom operator / sound technician (16 episodes, 2011-2014)
Keith Marriner .... dialogue editor (14 episodes, 2011-2014)
Jonathan Smith .... sound effects editor (13 episodes, 2011-2014)
Chris McQuillan .... sound assistant / sound trainee (10 episodes, 2011-2013)
Will Chadwick .... co-dubbing mixer / foley editor (9 episodes, 2011-2013)
Richard Davey .... sound re-recording mixer / dubbing mixer (9 episodes, 2011-2013)
Naomi Dandridge .... adr mixer (4 episodes, 2011)
John Taylor .... production sound mixer (4 episodes, 2012-2014)
Hugh Sherlock .... sound assistant (4 episodes, 2014)
Reg Mills .... sound mixer (3 episodes, 2011-2012)
Giancarlo Dellapina .... production sound mixer / sound mixer (3 episodes, 2015)
St. Clair Davis .... boom operator / 1st assistant sound (2 episodes, 2015)
Simon Gill .... 2nd assistant sound (2 episodes, 2015)
 
Series Special Effects by
Danny Hargreaves .... special effects (3 episodes, 2012)
Dan MacIntyre .... special effects technician (3 episodes, 2012)
Mark Shelley .... armourer / special effects supervisor (3 episodes, 2013)
Ben Ashmore .... special effects supervisor (2 episodes, 2014)
 
Series Visual Effects by
Dolores McGinley .... digital artist / visual effects artist (8 episodes, 2011-2012)
Simon Giblin .... visual effects artist (2 episodes, 2013-2015)
 
Series Stunts
Richard Hammatt .... stunt coordinator (3 episodes, 2012)
Andreas Petrides .... stunt coordinator (2 episodes, 2012)

Pete Ford .... stunt double (unknown episodes, 2011)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Rob Arrowsmith .... camera operator (13 episodes, 2011-2014)
Paul Dingwall .... digital imaging technician (12 episodes, 2012-2014)
Steven Lee Sinclair .... second assistant camera: "b" camera: dailies / second assistant camera / ... (8 episodes, 2012-2014)
Darren Campbell .... electrician (8 episodes, 2012-2013)
Chris Sowden .... gaffer (8 episodes, 2012-2013)
Scott Coulter .... camera trainee / camera trainee: dailies (8 episodes, 2013-2014)
Jack Sands .... second assistant camera / camera trainee (7 episodes, 2011-2012)
Ian Clark .... b camera operator (4 episodes, 2011)
Josh Close .... grip (4 episodes, 2012)
Roger Everson .... best boy (4 episodes, 2012)
Julius Ogden .... focus puller: a camera (4 episodes, 2012)
Jon Scaife .... camera trainee (4 episodes, 2012)
Craig Atkinson .... grip (4 episodes, 2013)
Jamie Korn .... camera trainee: daily / digital imaging technician: dailies / ... (3 episodes, 2011-2013)
Hatti Beanland .... second assistant camera (3 episodes, 2011)
Martin Conway .... electrician (3 episodes, 2011)
Vasco De Souza .... best boy (3 episodes, 2011)
Paul Jarvis .... gaffer (3 episodes, 2011)
Terry Pate .... grip (3 episodes, 2011)
Tom Finch .... focus puller: "b" camera / first assistant: b cam (3 episodes, 2014)
Chris Battensby .... camera trainee: dailies (3 episodes, 2015)
David Baillie .... additional photography / aerials dop (2 episodes, 2014)
Steven Gardner .... first assistant camera: "b" camera dailies (2 episodes, 2014)
Hamish Doyne-Ditmas .... camera operator: a camera (2 episodes, 2015)
 
Series Casting Department
Camilla Fox Lansley .... casting (2 episodes, 2013)
 
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Anna Rees .... costume assistant (8 episodes, 2013-2014)
Ryan Hooper .... costume supervisor / assistant costume designer / ... (7 episodes, 2012-2014)
Alison Lyons .... costume trainee / costume daily (6 episodes, 2012-2013)
Kate O'Farrell .... costume supervisor / assistant costume designer (5 episodes, 2011-2012)
Nicholas Nancarrow .... costume trainee (4 episodes, 2014)
Jennifer Johnson .... costume standby (4 episodes, 2015)
Anna Tennant .... costume trainee (3 episodes, 2011)
Holly Rosenthal .... costume assistant: daily (2 episodes, 2011-2012)
 
Series Editorial Department
Dan Coles .... colourist / digital colorist (16 episodes, 2011-2014)
Sion Penny .... on-line editor (16 episodes, 2011-2014)
Andrew Melhuish .... assistant editor (4 episodes, 2011)
Christian Blood .... assistant editor (4 episodes, 2012)
Mandy Miller .... post production paperwork (4 episodes, 2013)
Lisa Clifford-Owen .... assistant editor (3 episodes, 2013)
Dan McIntosh .... assistant editor (3 episodes, 2014)
Charlene Short .... assistant editor (2 episodes, 2012)
 
Series Music Department
Steve Parr .... music recording engineer (4 episodes, 2011)
 
Series Transportation Department
David Sullivan .... transportation (8 episodes, 2013-2014)
 
Series Other crew
Katie Strachan .... assistant production coordinator / production secretary (18 episodes, 2011-2015)
Andrew Bainbridge .... location manager (16 episodes, 2011-2014)
Franki Appleton .... floor runner (11 episodes, 2011-2013)
Jordan Barrett .... production secretary / production runner (11 episodes, 2013-2015)
Alan Crozier .... location assistant (10 episodes, 2011-2014)
Michael Dawson .... script executive (8 episodes, 2013-2014)
Lucy Harrison .... Assistant Accountant / assistant accountant (8 episodes, 2013-2014)
Camilla Curtis .... script editor / assistant script editor (7 episodes, 2011-2012)
Natasha Bayford .... press officer (6 episodes, 2011-2012)
Matt Curtis .... title designer (6 episodes, 2011-2012)
Mark Dryden .... location assistant: dailies (6 episodes, 2012-2014)
Laura Lunt .... adr coordinator: lipsync post (6 episodes, 2013-2014)
Colleen Hughes .... production coordinator (5 episodes, 2011-2012)
Gail Kennett .... production executive (5 episodes, 2011-2012)
Patrick Smith .... picture publicist (5 episodes, 2011-2012)
Julia Walsh .... development executive / script executive (5 episodes, 2011-2012)
Nick Girvan .... locations scout (4 episodes, 2011)
Linda Gregory .... production accountant (4 episodes, 2012)
Lyndsey Rounsfell .... assistant accountant (4 episodes, 2012)
Charles Bradlaugh .... production runner (4 episodes, 2014)
Jamie Cook .... caterers (4 episodes, 2014)
Jemima Thomas .... script supervisor (3 episodes, 2011-2012)
David Ruddock .... assistant accountant (3 episodes, 2011)
Jane Berry .... script supervisor (3 episodes, 2015)
Callum Costello .... production runner (3 episodes, 2015)
Holly Johnson .... production assistant (2 episodes, 2011)
Ann Simpson .... script supervisor (2 episodes, 2012)
Phillip Trow .... script supervisor (2 episodes, 2012)
 

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8 out of 61 people found the following review useful.
Britain's Answer to "The Closer"?, 31 October 2012
Author: kayaker36 from Queens, NY

A one-woman show featuring a sixty-something lead, forty pounds overweight with an apparent cardiac condition. This may be the first series in which the title character drops dead from natural causes in the middle of the episode. No one's done that since Moliere!

DCI Vera Stanhope dominates her staff on the Yorkshire police even more completely than Brenda Leigh Johnson did on "The Closer". Except for one handsome young Detective Sergeant and one bright, African-descended female Detective Constable, the rest are actually nobodies. Their names aren't used and they have little identity.

And Vera gets emotional--oh, yes. Shouting at her staff, banging the table while interrogating suspects, gasping for air. But unlike Brenda Leigh, of the LAPD, DCI Vera has no fortyish Fritz, handsome if slightly flawed FBI Agent, to come home to. In truth Vera seems to have no private life, at least in the episodes that have aired in the States on PBS.

The stories are dreary, dreary as the English Midlands with their vanished industries and bleak moorlands. Women are principally the victims, of course, and immigrants. When the men aren't knocking the tar out of helpless orphan girls, they're backshooting kindly Sikh taxi drivers.

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