Vera: Season 1, Episode 2

Telling Tales (8 May 2011)

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Sentenced for the murder of Abby, precocious young daughter of her lover Keith Mantel a decade earlier, Jeannie Long escapes from prison and, after a row with her father, kills herself. ... See full summary »

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Sentenced for the murder of Abby, precocious young daughter of her lover Keith Mantel a decade earlier, Jeannie Long escapes from prison and, after a row with her father, kills herself. News of her death brings evidence that shows she was innocent, as she had long claimed, and Vera reopens the case. At a charity event where Keith pays tribute to Jeannie, Chris Winter, son of Jeannie's probation officer Robert, is murdered, having tried to contact ex-cop Caroline Fletcher, who arrested Jeannie and later had an affair with Keith. As Abby was a friend of the Winters, Vera suspects Chris was the killer but comes to realise that he was the witness, attempting to cover up for the real murderer. When Keith is attacked after exposing the secret of another family member, Vera now knows that the Winters are shielding one, if not two, murderers. Written by don @ minifie-1

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When a young female prisoner en route to a doctor's appointment escapes, she commits suicide by backing into a bus after a row with her father.

The woman, Jennie Long, was 11 years into a life sentence for killing Abby Mantel, her lover Keith's daughter. When her death hits the news, someone contacts the police with an alibi for the night of the murder that he had originally reported to the police. However, the police never contacted him again, and he had moved to America.

Vera and her team re-open the case. But then there's another murder - was the second murdered victim the killer? Or had he been a witness to Abby's murder 11 years ago? Then Abby's father is attacked. Vera has opened a hornet's nest. The original murderer is still out there.

Excellent story with the depressing aura that seems prevalent in the Vera series. The stark locations are one reason; the weathered character of Vera, brilliantly played by Brenda Blethyn, is another. She's a multilayered character who has recently lost her father, to whom she was devoted. She has moved into his house which is in the middle of nowhere. She's gruff, hiding a vulnerability she shows no one, and a woman used to being alone.

Blethyn's portrayal dominates the series, and she makes it well worth seeing.


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