Vera (2011– )
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Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | Episode aired 4 May 2014
Vera unearths a 30-year-old mystery after a brutal murder on the sands of a seaside resort.


Daikin Marsh


Ann Cleeves (characters), Martha Hillier


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Brenda Blethyn ... DCI Vera Stanhope
David Leon ... DS Joe Ashworth
Jon Morrison Jon Morrison ... DC Kenny Lockhart
Clare Calbraith ... Shep
Sonya Cassidy ... Celine Ashworth
Kingsley Ben-Adir ... Dr. Marcus Summer
Teresa Banham Teresa Banham ... Lorna Underwood
Michael Hodgson Michael Hodgson ... Thomas Kenworthy
Christine Kavanagh Christine Kavanagh ... Karen Kenworthy
Christopher Villiers ... Noel Underwood
John Woodvine ... Alan Kenworthy
Dave Hill ... Larry Crowe
Victoria Inez Hardy Victoria Inez Hardy ... Amy
Rob Jarman Rob Jarman ... David Kenworthy
Gordon Kane Gordon Kane ... Landlord


As his father, Alan, celebrates his retirement from the family property firm, David Kenworthy is found murdered on a beach several miles away. An immediate suspect is arcade owner, Larry Crowe, who was seen arguing with David and who hates the Kenworthy family since his son fell to his death from their roof over 30 years ago. However, he has an alibi. David's girlfriend Nicky accused him of keeping secrets from her, leading Vera to believe David was going to a clandestine meeting with his killer. Then Lorna, his sister, who has been estranged from her father for decades, arrives with her husband at the site of David's death to lay flowers. After Alan has died of a heart attack, she admits to Vera the reason for her rift with her father and the true nature of her relationship with David. This in turn leads to the killer and their motive. Written by don @ minifie-1

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4 May 2014 (UK) See more »

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The episode takes place in Whitley Bay, where Vera novelist Ann Cleeves resides. See more »


Patrick Crowe's death certificate shows that he was fifteen years old at his death in 1977, and that he'd been in employment as a labourer. The School Leaving Age was raised to sixteen in 1972 so, by law, Patrick would have been still at school. See more »


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one of the best episodes of the series
18 May 2015 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

A man is found dead on the street of a beach town, apparently hit on the back of the head in "Vera: Protected," from the fourth season.

Vera and Joe investigate and learn that the man is David Kenworthy, from a prominent family in the area. The family does property development and has for years.

On the night of the murder, there was a huge retirement party for his father, but David wasn't there. No one knows what he was doing in that town.

David's older brother Tom is an alcoholic and is a suspect due to possible sibling rivalry and jealousy. Then there is an arcade owner named Larry Crowe. His son fell off the Kenworthy roof many years earlier during an apparent burglary, so the police said. This devastated Crowe because his son wasn't a criminal and never committed a robbery. He has hated the family ever since.

David and Tom's sister, Lorna, is estranged from the family, but she shows up where David died to leave flowers -- the story has received a lot of publicity. Vera and Joe find out she's been seeing her brother secretly.

Then there's David's girlfriend, with whom he fought on the day he died.

Meanwhile, Joe and his wife are looking for a house in a better area and arguing about how they can afford it.

Vera and Joe dig and go way back into the past to discover a well-kept secret, and some major dishonesty, to figure out the identity of the killer.

Intricate story with an excellent denouement, with Brenda Blethyn in fine form as Vera, who seems to have lightened up a little this season, making jokes and generally friendlier.

This is a wonderful episode, and it's always fun when Joe and his family are involved in the story.

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