Vera (2011– )
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A Certain Samaritan 

A young man is found dead with heroin in his blood and a stolen credit card in his wallet. But only when Vera learns details of his mother's life does a motive for murder emerge.

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DCI Vera Stanhope
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DS Joe Ashworth
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Billy Cartwright
Jon Morrison ...
DC Kenny Lockhart
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DC Bethany Whelan
James Burrows ...
Charlie
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Guthrie
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Lester
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Celine Ashworth
Riley Jones ...
PC Edwards
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Shirley
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Marty
Billy McColl ...
Andy Meadows
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Maggie
Charles Ramsay ...
Niall Coulter
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Vera investigates the murder of young Niall Coulter, whose body fell from a bridge onto a lorry which ended up in Portsmouth. Both his employer Marty and his mother Shirley attest to his being a model citizen though Shirley plainly has something to hide and it seems that Niall was planning to leave home to move in with an older, terminally ill friend. When the drug dealer who attacked Shirley after she accused him of killing Niall is murdered, Vera realises that Niall was not the clean-cut boy he was painted to be. She also meets for the first time, Maggie, her father's old girlfriend. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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20 May 2012 (UK)  »

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Actress Phyllis Logan ("Shirley") co-starred with Brenda Blethyn in the Mike Leigh film Secrets & Lies (1996), generally regarded as Blethyn's breakout role. See more »

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Sing Hosanna to the King
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Exquisite music soundtrack and photography
3 September 2017 | by See all my reviews

Am I the only one who notices how beautifully this show is put together? The photography of the natural landscape is one of the best things about it for me. The incidental music in this episode was also beautifully done, gentle, sad, poignant - exactly right. Throw in marvellous cameo roles by Sean Campion and Judy Parfitt and I think this is superlative television (though very grim of course).


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