Vera (2011– )
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Old Wounds 

When the remains of a teenage girl are found half-buried in a wood, Vera and her team find themselves investigating a 30-year-old mystery.


Daikin Marsh


Ann Cleeves (characters), Martha Hillier | 1 more credit »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Brenda Blethyn ... DCI Vera Stanhope
Kenny Doughty ... DS Aiden Healy
Jon Morrison Jon Morrison ... DC Kenny Lockhart
Cush Jumbo ... DC Bethany Whelan
Kingsley Ben-Adir ... Dr. Marcus Summer
Angela Bruce ... Beryl Doyle
George Costigan ... Bill Telling
Martin Marquez Martin Marquez ... Michael Tennant
Philip Martin Brown ... Stan Convile
Daragh O'Malley Daragh O'Malley ... DCI John Warrick
Lisa Hammond ... Helen Milton
Riley Jones Riley Jones ... DC Mark Edwards
Sudha Bhuchar Sudha Bhuchar ... Aisha Sharma
Nasser Memarzia ... Arjun Banerjee
Patrick O'Kane ... Terry Manttan


The pursuit of joy riders into woodlands unearths the skeleton of schoolgirl Carrie Telling, who went missing thirty years earlier. Her father Bill believes that at the time the police were more interested in confronting striking miners than searching for her and Vera accepts that there is no love of the police in the former pit village. Less the innocent daughter than Bill believed Carrie had apparently persuaded school-friend Michael Tennant, now a member of parliament, to steal a credit card from his boss Arjan Banerjee, possibly to fund an abortion whilst Carrie's mother Beryl, long estranged from Bill following an affair, points Vera towards former bad boy Terry Manttan, whom Carrie often visited in jail. When Terry is also murdered it becomes apparent to Vera that the killer is somebody who had something to hide in 1985 that Carrie exposed and that they are still prepared to kill to keep their secret. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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12 April 2015 (UK) See more »

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The filming for the flashbacks of miners strike was done at the Woodhorn Museum in Ashington, Northumberland. See more »


When Vera and DS Healy are talking to Bill Telling at his allotment a small crowd begins to gather in the background. A man wearing a baseball cap and a blue jumper with white band comes from behind to join them. In the next shot he is standing alongside them but then in the next he is seen coming from way back to join them again. See more »

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Revisionist claptrap undermines Vera as a drama
12 April 2015 | by HillstreetBunzSee all my reviews

This episode while brilliantly acted, and well plotted, suffers from a recurrent theme of leftist revisionism of recent history, in particular The Miners Strike. I.e Miners= 'fighting for their lives'. Police = Thatchers attack dogs. Unfortunately it makes for boring viewing because the essentials of a whodunnit are that we can't guess just by the profession of the character. It also fails to chime with Vera's usual character that she is the mouthpiece for this inaccurate and incomplete retelling of the conflict. I wonder if the writer is even old enough to have any direct experience, even memory of the actual events, not because that is needed to tell the story, but because I note the tone and it fits with the reductive view of the 1980s, Thatcher, Britain and British politics, popular with people under 40, I.e. That the decade was all about greed and selfishness. Such is and has been the power of the leftist view in media and entertainment. It's dull.

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