SERIES 1: In this critically acclaimed drama, Vera (Brenda Blethyn) is a woman who has seen it all and solved it all--she's shrewd murder detective with a sharp mind, kind heart and obsessive ability to bring justice to the most difficult cases.
Still reeling from her father's death, Vera is about to take on her first case since returning to work--and it's going to be the case of her life. A teenager's body has been found in strangled in a bathtub strewn with flowers. Soon another body turns up, and Vera and her trust-worthy colleague, DS Joe Ashworth (David Leon) realise they have a serial killer on their hands. Now it's a race against time as the teenager's sister holds a vital clue...and then she goes missing.
SERIES 2: Driven by work and her own personal demons, Vera, along with her trusted and long suffering colleague, Sergeant Joe Ashworth, is faced with a number of daunting cases. She delves into the unsettling private life of an old colleague, attempts to break through the code of secrecy in the army and copes with the impact on a family torn apart by addiction.
SERIES 3: Driven by her own personal demons and assisted by her trusted and long-suffering colleague, DS Joe Ashworth, Vera faces a number of daunting cases. She investigates the ruthless murder of a young physiotherapist who is gunned down at a luxury country retreat (Castles in the Air); faces tragic repercussions when dealing with the abduction of two teenage sisters (Poster Child); delves into the past of an extreme sports fanatic when he plunges from a Northumberland cliff top in a ball of flames (Young Gods) and unpicks the tangled love life of an ex-met police officer (Prodigal Son), consequently confronting a secret from her own past.
SERIES 4: Vera investigates the mysterious death of a pensioner on a busy commuter train (On Harbour Street), unearths a thirty year mystery after a brutal murder on the sands of a seaside resort (Protected), unpicks the tragic last months of a failed novelist gunned down on a remote Northumberland moor (The Deer Hunters) and delves into the tangled life of a businessman found floating in the water under the Gateshead Millenium Bridge (Death of a Family Man).
SERIES 5: The indomitable DCI Vera Stanhope returns to face a number of daunting cases. Aided by troubled new recruit DS Aiden Healy (Kenny Doughty), they investigate a deadly blaze at a coastal caravan park, unearth a thirty-year-old mystery in an old mining community, delve into the tragic last months of a young man found floating in a farm slurry pit and uncover a life of secrets and lies when a well-loved family man plummets to his death from a multi-storey car park.
SERIES 6: Grumpy and often short-tempered, what Vera lacks in charm she makes up for in wisdom and insight. In the sixth series, Vera and her team are called into action to tackle a number of challenging cases; from unravelling the mystery of a woman found murdered on the bleak Northumberland moors (Dark Road), piecing together the tragic downfall of a young man whose body is discovered hidden in a cave (Tuesday's Child), solving a mysterious double murder in a remote country house (The Moth Catcher),
to delving into a dark secret at the heart of a struggling fishing community (The Sea Glass), each enthralling story is enhanced by captivating performances, beautifully shot landscapes and high production values.
SERIES 7: Set amid the wild beauty of the Northumberland landscape, DCI Vera Stanhope investigates chilling crimes only she can solve. The shambolic but perceptive detective does not make friends easily. Grumpy and often short-tempered, what Vera lacks in charm she makes up for in wisdom and insight.
SERIES 8: In series eight, Vera and her team are drawn into 4 compelling cases, including the body of a police officer discovered in an abattoir incinerator, a mysterious car crash, a suburban back-garden murder and the suspicious death of a teenage boy. Set against atmospheric panoramas of the breath-taking Northumberland countryside, Vera features intriguing mysteries and gripping performances.