Two-time Oscar® nominee Brenda Blethyn (Pride & Prejudice, Secrets & Lies) returns as Vera Stanhope-a police detective with a disheveled exterior, a sharp tongue, and an uncanny ability to solve crimes. Tough, dedicated, and more than a little irreverent, DCI Stanhope is assisted by her long-suffering sergeant, Joe Ashworth (David Leon, Rock 'n Rolla); DC Kenny Lockhart (Jon Morrison, High Times); and forensic pathologist Billy Cartwright (Paul Ritter, The Eagle).
Inspired by Ann Cleeves's best-selling mysteries, this second series of Vera is set in the Northumberland of the original books. In four new feature-length dramas, Stanhope delves into a world of shadows and suppressed passions where everyone has something to hide-and her own private life and past are never far away. Vera Set 2 includes 4 episodes, 4 DVDs, approx. 370 minutes, SDH.
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Episode 1: The Ghost Position
Vera Stanhope is reunited with her first mentor after his home is firebombed and his teenage daughter badly injured in the blaze. Having survived an apparent murder bid, her old friend then makes a tragic decision, leaving Vera to find out why.
Episode 2: Silent Voices
What connects the murder of a well-respected social worker and a famous case in which a child was drowned by his own mother? The answer seems to lie in a book the murdered woman was writing-until Stanhope's prime suspect ends up drowned, too.
Episode 3: Sandancers
The authorities at a local army base are keen to declare the death of a decorated Afghanistan War veteran a suicide, but Stanhope has other ideas. Yet when a fellow soldier confesses to the killing, the detective doesn't believe that either and continues to pursue the investigation wherever it leads.
Episode 4: A Certain Samaritan
When a young man is found dead with heroin in his body and a stolen credit card in his wallet, Stanhope and Ashworth suspect he led a life his possessive mother knew little about. Only when they learn details of the mother's own life does a motive for murder emerge.
Packaging: Boxed set
Run Time: 370 minutes
Number of Discs: 4
Color or B&W: Color
Region Code: 1
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Rating: NR. Contains disturbing images.
"Blethyn is wonderful"--The Times (UK)
"A first-rate mystery series"--Library Journal
"Classy crime drama"--The Daily Telegraph (UK)
Crime Thriller Awards UK, Dagger Award Nomination for Best Leading Actress (Brenda Blethyn, 2012)
Crime Thriller Awards UK, Dagger Award Nomination for Best TV Drama, Serial or Season (2011)