Two-time Oscar® nominee Brenda Blethyn (Pride & Prejudice, Secrets & Lies
) returns as Detective Chief Inspector Vera Stanhope in this hit mystery series inspired by Ann Cleeves's bestselling novels. Patrolling her "patch" of northeast England, Vera resolutely pursues the truth in cases of murder, kidnapping, and blackmail. While her manner is sometimes caustic, her single-mindedness gets results.
Vera is supported by her trusted team, including right-hand man Detective Sergeant Joe Ashworth (David Leon, Rock 'n Rolla
). A family man, Ashworth is ever trying to strike a balance between home and work. Meanwhile, forensic pathologist Billy Cartwright (Paul Ritter, The Eagle
) and Detective Constable Kenny Lockhart (Jon Morrison, High Times
) tend to bring out the scathing side of their boss. Guest stars in these four new feature-length dramas include Saskia Reeves (Luther
), Dean Andrews (Life on Mars
), and Liam Cunningham (Game of Thrones
). Vera Set 3 includes 4 episodes, 4 DVDs, approx. 369 minutes, SDH.
Episode 1: Castles in the Air
Three girlfriends spend the weekend partying at an isolated country retreat, and one ends up dead with a shotgun blast to the chest and a local hunter the prime suspect. Too late, Stanhope realizes that the dead woman was not the intended target any more than her suspect was the actual shooter.
Episode 2: Poster Child
A respected surgeon is murdered and his two teenage daughters abducted, leaving a wife and mother distraught and Stanhope at a loss for a motive. Ashworth spurs his boss to look for a family link to both the killing and the kidnappings.
Episode 3: Young Gods
When an extreme sports fanatic plunges to his death from a cliff after an apparent fight, Stanhope and Ashworth begin to search for potential enemies. An estranged ex-girlfriend will shed no tears at the young man's death, but the detectives discover that someone else has been holding a grudge as well.
Episode 4: Prodigal Son
The fatal stabbing of a former police officer outside a Newcastle nightclub sets Stanhope on a quest to recreate the victim's last movements. What she finds leads her back 25 years, to a web of deception, lies, and-ultimately-a brutal death.
- Photo gallery
- Text interviews with Brenda Blethyn and David Leon
Packaging: Boxed set
Run Time: 369 minutes
Number of Discs: 4
Color or B&W: Color
Region Code: 1
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
"Blethyn shines"--The Daily Telegraph (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)