Vera (2011– )
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Dark Road 

Vera investigates the murder of a 56-year-old grandmother discovered by a young girl on the wild and desolate Northumberland moors.


Marek Losey


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
Riley Jones Riley Jones ... DC Mark Edwards
Lisa Hammond ... Helen Milton
Kelly Gough Kelly Gough ... Nicole
Daniel Ings ... Simon
Eloise Knowles Eloise Knowles ... Ciara
Sharon Duce Sharon Duce ... Marcia
Faye Marsay ... Christine
Ronald Pickup ... Mr. Kipford
Clare Wille ... Rona
Linda Hargreaves ... Pamela


When Anne-Marie Richards is found dead on the moors, shoe-less, Vera deduces that she was killed at home and the body dumped. Although her daughters and doctor claim that she had no love interest pathologist Marcus notes that there had been recent sexual activity, leading Vera to Chinese restaurateur Huang, though he was only interested in buying Anne-Marie's house. Vera discovers that the victim was a frequent visitor to a seaside guest house where she entertained gentleman friends met whilst working as a barmaid, as well as acting as a drug dealer for one of her daughters. An examination of the family provides Vera with the identity of the killer though the investigation is marked by an attack on one of Vera's team. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

31 January 2016 (UK) See more »

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Final appearance of Cush Jumbo as D.C. Bethany Whelan. See more »


[All goofs for this title are spoilers.] See more »


References One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975) See more »

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Just keeps getting better!
24 March 2016 | by dmhishmehSee all my reviews

I saw an episode of "Vera" on PBS in the US and I was hooked. A subscription to Acorn TV has allowed me to watch all seasons and stay current. Brenda Blethyn, as DCI Stanhope, delivers an outstanding performance in every episode. I first saw her in an episode of Law and Order SVU and she was unforgettable. She never disappoints but Dark Road was definitely the best yet. A kinder and gentler DCI Stanhope was a pleasant change. I only wish that the seasons had more episodes. For now I will just be happy if they just keep the seasons coming. I am quite a fan of British TV series (I watch several) and Vera is one British show that should be added to everyone's must watch list.

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