Vera (2011– )
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Natural Selection 

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | Episode aired 19 March 2017
Vera is drawn into a suspicious death on Ternstone, a remote and inaccessible island off the coast of Northumberland, home only to numerous species of birds and the rangers who observe them.


Jamie Childs


Ann Cleeves (characters), Helen Jenkins




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Brenda Blethyn ... DCI Vera Stanhope
Kenny Doughty ... DS Aiden Healy
Jon Morrison Jon Morrison ... DC Kenny Lockhart
Noof Ousellam ... DC Hicham Cherradi (as Noof McEwan)
Christopher Colquhoun ... Dr. Anthony Carmichael
Riley Jones Riley Jones ... DC Mark Edwards
Lisa Hammond ... Helen Milton
Matthew Wilson ... Ryan Campbell
Suzanne Packer ... Sophia Ashbrook
Georgia Maguire ... Vicki Hogarth
Mawaan Rizwan ... Jamil
Joe Blakemore ... Peter Haden
Ewan Stewart ... Michael Hogarth
Kerrie Hayes ... Alice Wyatt
Andrew Havill ... Gareth Anderson


Gemma Wyatt, a wildlife ranger, is found dead off the coast of the bird sanctuary where she spent the night alone whilst colleagues celebrated her boss Sophia's leaving do on shore. Estranged sister Alice accuses Gemma's boatman boyfriend Ryan of trying to force her to sell the family farm but he claims it was for Alice's own good. Vera establishes that Gemma was killed before the others left for the mainland, making them all suspects, and also locates a couple who blame Gemma for their son's death on the island some years earlier. Then Alice hits Vera with a surprise revelation, leading to evidence of Gemma's infidelity and involvement in a blackmail plot before the killer is revealed. Written by don @ minifie-1

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The naming of the island is quite interesting. There is a bird called a "Turnstone" which is a wading bird, yet the island here is spelt as Ternstone, a tern being a gull like bird. See more »


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A gritty series opener.
3 February 2020 | by Sleepin_DragonSee all my reviews

The body of Gemma, a ranger is discovered on a remote Island, home to various species of wild birds.

It's a very solid episode, a good start to Series 7. It's a very visual opening, very dramatic with the boat approaching the island, and Gemma's body sprawled on the rockface. I was kept guessing until the last.

The visuals are awesome, gorgeous location work, love the lighthouse and scenes in the Island, the music is also terrific, adding to the tension and energy.

Very well acted, I thought Suzanne Packer was particularly good, she had some great scenes with Blethyn.

I love the dynamic between Vera and Aiden, she seems to treat him better than Joe.

Very good. 8/10

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