A sharp detective with a messy life, DCI Vera Stanhope patrols her “patch” of northeast England, pursuing the truth in cases of murder, kidnapping, and blackmail. Vera is obsessive about her work and faces the world with caustic wit, guile and courage.
#2 – Dark Road
Season 6 – Episode 1
Vera investigates the mysterious murder of a fifty six year old grandmother, discovered by a young girl on the desolate Northumberland moors.
The episode was rated from 321 votes.
#3 – Blood and Bone
Season 8 – Episode 1
DCI Vera Stanhope is called to a chilling murder scene when the charred remains of a body are discovered in an abattoir incinerator. With limited forensic evidence, she is disturbed to identify the body as DC Harry Fenton, a respected police officer from the Northumberland & City Fraud Unit.
The episode was rated from 268 votes.
#4 – The Blanket Mire
Season 7 – Episode 4
When the body of a missing teenager is discovered buried on the moors, Vera is forced to delve into the life and the secrets of the victim.
The episode was rated from 360 votes.
#5 – Old Wounds
Season 5 – Episode 2
Following the discovery of the remains of a teenage girl half-buried in a Northumberland wood, Vera and her team end up looking into a thirty-year old mystery.
The episode was rated from 240 votes.
#6 – Death of a Family Man
Season 4 – Episode 4
DCI Vera Stanhope investigates the mysterious death of a businessman found floating in the water under the Gateshead Millennium Bridge.
The episode was rated from 244 votes.
#7 – Tuesday’s Child
Season 6 – Episode 2
Vera investigates the death of a young man whose remains were found in remote caves.
The episode was rated from 297 votes.
#8 – Blind Spot
Season 9 – Episode 1
DCI Vera Stanhope investigates the murder of a trainee forensic psychologist found dead on a Northumberland landfill site.
The episode was rated from 210 votes.
#9 – Cuckoo
Season 9 – Episode 2
Vera is confronted with the tragic scene of a teenage boy’s murder. His body is found in a shipyard in the sleepy coastal town of Peyton-by-the-Sea. As he isn’t recognized locally, it’s not immediately apparent who he is. Eventually, Missing Persons records reveal that troubled Caden Lennon had absconded from the care of his support worker six weeks previously. With few leads thrown up by the Newcastle estate where Caden came from, Vera looks to the Peyton locals to throw some light on the investigation. Beneath the quaint facade she discovers that there is a growing drugs problem. But, with local dealer Tony Briggs now apparently going straight, it’s not clear why. Vera begins to question whether Caden’s connections to Newcastle and Peyton run deeper, and whether the lack of leads points to a ring of silence with darker forces at play. Vera must uncover the missing link to find Caden’s ruthless killer.
The episode was rated from 194 votes.
#10 – The Sea Glass
Season 6 – Episode 4
A fisherman’s body is found tangled up in a North Sea trawler’s net. Vera and her team investigate with the help of the local harbourmaster, and find the dead man’s sons pointing the finger at the owner of a fish market, with whom they have a long-running feud. Retracing the dead man’s steps, Vera discovers when he drowned and tracks down a waitress who may have been one of the last people to see him alive. However, the case becomes more complicated when a witness runs away and a boat belonging to the dead man’s sister-in-law goes up in flames.
The episode was rated from 259 votes.