Vera (2011– )
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On Harbour Street 

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | Episode aired 27 April 2014
Vera investigates the mysterious death of a pensioner on a busy commuter train.


Paul Rutman (screenplay), Ann Cleeves (novel)

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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 ... DC Rebecca Shepherd
Sonya Cassidy ... Celine Ashworth
Kingsley Ben-Adir ... Dr. Marcus Summer
Eva Birthistle ... Kate Darrow
Alistair Petrie ... Stuart Bayliss
William Rush William Rush ... Ryan Darrow
Olivia Jack Olivia Jack ... Chloe Darrow
Paul Copley ... Malcolm Kenrich
Sean McKenzie Sean McKenzie ... George Everitt
Tilly Vosburgh Tilly Vosburgh ... Dee Sinton
Lynn Farleigh ... Valerie Furlow
Annabel Leventon Annabel Leventon ... Margaret Kraszewski


Joe and his little girl Jessie are on a train when Jessie notices that another passenger, elderly Margaret Kraszewski, has been killed with a single stab wound. Vera visits the coastal town of Mardle, where Margaret lodged with singer Kate Darrow, her two children and boyfriend Stuart. They all praise Margaret as an almost saintly woman and are amazed that anybody would want to kill her. Margaret volunteered at a women's hostel and when Dee, an alcoholic prostitute who lived there, is also found dead Vera suspects a connection, especially as Margaret wanted to report something to the police just before she died. Pub landlady Valerie Furlow tells Vera that Margaret and Dee were good friends who once lived together in the same house on Harbour Street. She believes that Margaret's Polish husband was violent to her and, as he disappeared suddenly thirty years ago, Vera wonders if he was murdered. The chief beneficiary from Margaret's will proves to be Dee and Vera learns that years ago ... Written by don @ minifie-1

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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27 April 2014 (UK) See more »

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Did You Know?


The bulk of the filming for this episode took place in Alnmouth, which stood in for the fictional village of Mardle. The beach was given a makeover, gaining a jetty and some fisherman's sheds. See more »


Stuart plays "Happy Birthday" on the accordion, but never moves the fingers on his right hand. See more »


All Things Bright and Beautiful
Music by William H. Monk and lyrics by Cecil F. Alexander
[Incorrectly credited as 'Traditional hymn']
Sung by School Children
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murder on a train
15 May 2015 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

Joe Ashworth, Vera's partner, and his daughter Jessie (Olivia Armstrong) board a train in "On Harbour Street," from "Vera" to begin its fourth season.

I just learned that Joe (David Leon) is not returning next season. It's such a great partnership, I hope the series doesn't suffer.

In this episode, an elderly woman boards a train and looks over at Ashworth's daughter, Jessie. She sits down. When Joe and Jessie leave the train, Jessie notices the lady is still there, seemingly asleep, and asks if she can wake her up. Joe says okay. When Jessie tries, she sees a bloody wound and screams. The woman is dead.

Very interesting episode as Vera and Joe endeavor to find out why anyone would want to kill this old lady, whom they learn is named Margaret. It turns out that she has quite a past, and also a friendship with another woman, Dee (Tilly Vosburgh), an alcoholic Margaret helps.

There's the discovery of a body, there's another murder, and an old mystery solved as Vera and Joe dig deeper.

Joe probably leaves for family reasons - his wife calls him upset because he's apparently forgotten about a counseling session for one of their children. Unlike Vera, he has a life outside of the department.

Very seemed more cheerful in this, as if she's lightening up. I think losing Joe will be very sad for her, as she seems fond of his family as well. Brenda Blethyn is wonderful as Vera, with her sly smile, her way of questioning a suspect, and the stories she tells.

Good episode.

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