Vera (2011– )
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Silent Voices 

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | Episode aired 29 April 2012
A well-respected social worker has been drowned, and in her most famous case a child was drowned by his mother. What exactly is the connection?


Paul Whittington


Gaby Chiappe (screenplay), Ann Cleeves (novel)


Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Brenda Blethyn ... DCI Vera Stanhope
David Leon ... DS Joe Ashworth
Paul Ritter ... Billy Cartwright
Jon Morrison Jon Morrison ... DC Kenny Lockhart
Cush Jumbo ... DC Bethany Whelan
Hannah Britland ... Hannah Lister
Daymon Britton ... Danny Shaw
Antony Byrne Antony Byrne ... Craig
Stephanie Carey ... Jenny Lister
Penny Downie ... Veronica Eliot
Pat Dunn Pat Dunn ... Irene
Sandra James-Young Sandra James-Young ... Mel
Abigail Johnston Abigail Johnston ... Alice Masters
Daniel Lapaine ... Michael Morgan
Adelle Leonce Adelle Leonce ... Yasmin


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Social worker Jenny Lister is murdered whilst out swimming. Two years earlier she had been exonerated following the case of Mattie Jones, who drowned her baby son whilst her colleague Connie Masters was blamed and her life ruined. Everybody speaks of Jenny as if she was perfect, arousing Vera's suspicions, especially when she learns that Jenny was writing a book about some of her cases, including Mattie, and her laptop, containing the draft, is stolen. Chief suspect is Mattie's ex-boyfriend, osteopath Michael Morgan, but then Vera learns that Jenny was having a mysterious affair. Then the thief is murdered in the same way as Jenny, and the laptop gives Vera the key to solving the case but also the task of preventing another death in a race against time. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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In the opening scenes at 1min 43sec the blonde seated in the spa is Anna Kournikova. See more »


What happened to the little girl in the car at the end? The driver doesn't take her out but there is no mention of her miraculously surviving the water, just that she is still alive. See more »


Peter Hammers with One Hammer
Traditional children's song
Performed by James Rastall
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Excellent, despite the dark tone.
6 January 2020 | by Sleepin_DragonSee all my reviews

Silent Voices is a terrific episode, it's a fantastic mystery, it really is Vera at its best.

The story is very dark, with some harrowing elements, but it's cohesive, interesting, intriguing and surprising. The opening is terrific, the visuals are incredible, talk about a sublime landscape. The ending is excellent, hard to find any real fault with this episode.

Just when you think her and Joe have reached an understanding and a closeness, she flies off the handle with him. She's given a new DC whom she actually treats rather well,

Kenny is more involved than in previous episodes, that's great, he's a great character.

Excellent. 9/10

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