Vera (2011– )
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Dark Angel 

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | Episode aired 26 March 2017
The body of a young man is discovered face down in a river by Thrunton Woods. But tracing the victim's identity proves difficult for Vera and her team.


Louise Hooper


Ann Cleeves (characters), Paul Matthew Thompson


Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Brenda Blethyn ... DCI Vera Stanhope
Kenny Doughty ... DS Aiden Healy
Jon Morrison Jon Morrison ... DC Kenny Lockhart
Noof McEwan ... DC Hicham Cherradi
Christopher Colquhoun Christopher Colquhoun ... Dr. Anthony Carmichael
Riley Jones Riley Jones ... DC Mark Edwards
Robert Pugh ... Eddie Thurston
Struan Rodger ... Father O'Brien
Nigel Betts ... Brian Bennick
Ace Bhatti ... Stuart Mayfield
Derek Hutchinson ... Jeb Branning
Marjorie Yates Marjorie Yates ... Val Wilcox
Annie Hulley ... Diane Weaver
Robert Lonsdale ... Joe Connell
Alexandra Mardell Alexandra Mardell ... Kelly Horton




Young drug addict Nathan Weaver is found murdered in a rural river and Vera wonders why he had not sold a valuable ring found on his body to finance his habit. He had briefly worked at Brian Bennick's food factory and fathered a child by Kelly, another addict he met at Father O'Brien's needle exchange. On the night he died he had been dossing at a deserted farmhouse where, several years earlier, Eddie Thurston was arrested for murdering his wife, and a suspect in the case, Jeb Branning, just happened to find the body. There are several other links between the night of Mrs. Thurston's death and the present that will ultimately assist Vera in solving both murders and the mystery of the ring. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Struan Rodger (Father O'Brien) & Ace Bhatti (Stuart Mayfield) also worked together on Shetland (2013) as Alec & Calvin Sarwar respectively. See more »

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A very gritty murder mystery.
15 February 2020 | by Sleepin_DragonSee all my reviews

The body of Nathan Weaver is discovered by a dog walker, head down in a river. Nathan was an addict, who'd recently lost his job and was homeless.

It's a very gritty episode, very solid, it has a very dramatic start, a good set of characters, and is very well acted. One criticism I have always had for this show, is how underused Kenny is, Jon Morrison has been excellent from the start, but doesn't always get a fair crack of the whip, not so here, it's a big story for him.

One big difference here is the tone, not just the story, but the visuals as well, we don't get the gorgeous landscapes here or notable landmarks, we get a dingey pawnbrokers and working class estate, it's very well made.

Dramatic, very good. 8/10

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