Vera (2011– )
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Little Lazarus 

Vera finds herself acting as caretaker for a boy whose mother was murdered in front of his eyes.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
DCI Vera Stanhope
DC Holly Lawson
Billy Cartwright
Aidan Carmichael
Judi Earl ...
Patricia Carmichael
Philip Harrison ...
Sam Jarvis ...
Adam Wilde
Riley Jones ...
PC Edwards
Emma Lowndes ...
Renagh Salter
Jon Morrison ...
DC Kenny Lockhart
Laura Norton ...
Margaret Wilde
Bobby Salter
Joe Renton ...
Danny Hale


Running from the killer of his single mother Margaret Wilde, eleven-year-old Adam is rescued by Vera though he can tell her nothing helpful except that he saw peacocks. Evidence suggests that the couple, perpetually on the move, were heading for Spain with a large sum of money. Margaret's married lover Bobby is the prime suspect but Vera is surprised when Adam points out Judge Tia Carmichael as a family friend though the judge claims not to know the Wildes. Her team discover that, years ago, Margaret changed her name from Carla Davies, having attacked the care home manager who abused her. She was defended by Tia Carmichael, then a barrister, who helped her change her identity, and a visit to the Carmichaels' home presents Vera with a surprising revelation. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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22 May 2011 (UK)  »

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1.78 : 1
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Little Lazarus
8 July 2017 | by See all my reviews

The opening of the episode sees a young lad running away terrified and falling over. We then see Vera on her way home when she sees the flashing blue lights of a police car. A young police officer has discovered the dead body of a woman. Vera notices something and she finds the body of the fleeing child in an icy pond and manages to rescue him. He is still alive.

11 year old Adam is traumatised. He and his mother always seemed to have been on the run, remaining hidden away. They only been close to a Sikh friend although his mother had a married boyfriend who soon becomes a suspect.

When the boy points to a picture of a judge as someone his mother once knew, things take a turn. The female judge was once Adam's mother's barrister in a criminal case and their history has criss- crossed.

It probably is easy to guess the villain, although maybe not the motive. I felt the plot was a little too contrived. It was nice to see dowdy Vera trying to be maternal and no entirely succeeding.

The episode also has an appearance by the legendary Renu Setna, always recognisable by people of a certain age with his appearance in the school's program Cloud burst.

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