Vera (2011– )
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Shadows in the Sky 

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | Episode aired 26 April 2015
Vera uncovers a life of secrets and lies when a well-loved family man plummets to his death from a multi-story car park.


William Sinclair


Ann Cleeves (characters), Martha Hillier

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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
Raquel Cassidy ... Gloria Edwards
Nadine Marshall Nadine Marshall ... Ellie Thorne
Daniel Ezra ... Cameron Thorne
Carla Melaco Carla Melaco ... Lila Tilley
Levi Heaton Levi Heaton ... Hannah Ferris
Lisa Hammond ... Helen Milton
Riley Jones Riley Jones ... DC Mark Edwards
Rob Jarvis ... Mick Mckittrick
Bill Fellows ... Alec
Niall Greig Fulton ... Logan Tilley


Dock safety manager Owen Thorne falls to his death from the top of a multi-storey car park. His family, including foster daughter Lila, adored him, but some blamed him for the accident that killed a young co-worker. The boy's father, Mick McKittrick, rang Owen the night he died and Lila's criminal father Logan also fought with him. Vera learns that he was in frequent touch with Hannah, a young runaway, though solely as a platonic helper, but then it transpires that they actually had a very different relationship, and another person in that relationship could well be Owen's killer. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Murder, accident, or suicide?
25 January 2016 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

Vera and Aidan walk into a troubled family in "Shadows in the Sky," the last episode of season 5.

A man, Owen, is found, face up, at the bottom of a car park. Did he commit suicide? Fall by accident? Or was he pushed? From the way he fell, it looks to Vera like he was pushed. In the investigation that follows, the man had problems at his job. A man died on his watch, after he claimed he had done the required safety checks. The man's father is seeking damages, but the case has been closed in favor of the company.

Owen's family consists of a wife, a son, and a young girl about to be adopted by them after they had fostered her for some time. A murder investigation puts the adoption in danger, but Vera can't leave anyone out of her investigation. His son is convinced that his father was having an affair, and a young woman he was spending time with, Hannah Ferris, is questioned.

But it's all more complicated than that.

Really interesting story and not easily figured out.

The landscape in this episode is beautiful, but so spare and desolate. Somehow it matches the show's atmosphere, though I find Vera has lightened up considerably over the years.

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