7.9
289 votes
Vera

Vera

ITV 2011

A sharp detective with a messy life, DCI Vera Stanhope patrols her โ€œpatchโ€ 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.

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The 10 Worst Episodes of Vera

Vera - S1E1

#1 - Hidden Depths

7.34

Season 1 - Episode 1

After two young people are killed in the same way - placed in water and surrounded by flowers - DCI Vera Stanhope knows that she must catch the murderer before they strike again. Aided by her team, especially her trusted right-hand man Sgt Joe Ashworth, she unpicks the complex and dysfunctional relationships amongst a group of bird-watching friends. As the friends' loyalty turns to betrayal, Vera finds that a small act of teenage blackmail and an illicit affair may have driven someone to kill.

The episode was rated #1 Worst episode of Vera from 420 votes.

Vera - S1E2

#2 - Telling Tales

7.58

Season 1 - Episode 2

After Jeanie Long commits suicide, evidence comes to light exonerating her for the murder of teenager Abigail Mantel 11 years earlier. DCI Vera Stanhope and her team set out to retrospectively solve the killing, delving into the secrets and lies of a small community which still feels the repercussions of Abigail's death. Then the case takes an violent and unexpected turn - can Vera use her skill and instinct to find the truth and lay ghosts to rest?

The episode was rated #2 Worst episode of Vera from 320 votes.

Vera - S2E3

#3 - A Certain Samaritan

7.59

Season 2 - Episode 3

The investigation into the murder of 29-year-old Niall is made difficult by those closest to him, who seem intent on obscuring the facts, and it is not until the body of a drug dealer washes up on a beach that the dreadful truth begins to emerge. While coping with revelations of her own, Vera sifts through evidence of the grief, love and addiction that characterised Niall's life as she tries to find out why someone wanted him dead.

The episode was rated #3 Worst episode of Vera from 238 votes.

Vera - S2E4

#4 - Sandancers

7.62

Season 2 - Episode 4

DCI Stanhope and DS Ashworth investigate a suspicious death in an army barracks, aided by Joe and an enthusiastic member of the military police. Although the demise of commanding officer Dev initially looks like suicide, a case for murder is quickly established and the team's first task is to find a motive. Sensing a connection to Ollie, a soldier killed in Afghanistan, Vera interviews the victim's loyal comrades and Ollie's grieving family, discovering a traumatic event that nobody wants to talk about.

The episode was rated #4 Worst episode of Vera from 185 votes.

Vera - S1E3

#5 - The Crow Trap

7.65

Season 1 - Episode 3

When a woman is murdered in the remote Northumbrian countryside, DCI Vera Stanhope is led back to a place from her past. As she and her team investigate, they uncover shadowy liaisons, conflicting sympathies and hidden injustices.

The episode was rated #5 Worst episode of Vera from 281 votes.

Vera - S6E3

#6 - The Moth Catcher

7.70

Season 6 - Episode 3

Vera investigates the murder of a twenty two year old Alex Gartside, victim of a hit and run in a remote Northumberland Valley.

The episode was rated #6 Worst episode of Vera from 290 votes.

Vera - S10E2

#7 - Parent Not Expected

7.70

Season 10 - Episode 2

DCI Vera Stanhope must unravel a tangled web of deceit between two wildly different families when the body of a teenage boy is discovered floating near a Northumberland salmon farm.

The episode was rated #7 Worst episode of Vera from 140 votes.

Vera - S10E1

#8 - Blood Will Tell

7.71

Season 10 - Episode 1

DCI Vera Stanhope must unravel the circumstances of self-styled entrepreneur Freddie Gill's death when his body is found by bailiffs, attempting to repossess his house.

The episode was rated #8 Worst episode of Vera from 161 votes.

Vera - S2E2

#9 - Silent Voices

7.71

Season 2 - Episode 2

Vera investigates the case of a murdered social worker named Jenny Lister, who was universally considered to have been principled and popular. However, in an overworked and understaffed social work system, a notorious case involving the death of a child seems to hold the key to solving the killing. As Vera pursues the truth, she discovers the real secret at the heart of Jenny's death - and the killer who will stop at nothing to keep it hidden

The episode was rated #9 Worst episode of Vera from 268 votes.

Vera - S5E1

#10 - Changing Tides

7.73

Season 5 - Episode 1

Vera takes a look into a suspicious fire that rips through a holiday park on the Northumberland coast. Three cabins are destroyed and the body of a woman is discovered inside inside one of them.

The episode was rated #10 Worst episode of Vera from 248 votes.

Vera - S3E2
#11 - Poster Child
7.75
Season 3 - Episode 2

DCI Vera Stanhope and her team must race against time to track down the killer of a respected surgeon and save his abducted teenage daughters.

The episode was rated #1 Worst episode of Vera from 251 votes.

Vera - S4E3
#12 - The Deer Hunters
7.75
Season 4 - Episode 3

When a suspected poacher is found dead from a gunshot wound, Vera must unearth the real truth behind his return to the Northumberland moors.

The episode was rated #2 Worst episode of Vera from 224 votes.

Vera - S4E1
#13 - On Harbour Street
7.76
Season 4 - Episode 1

Investigating a mysterious death, DCI Vera Stanhope finds herself in a quiet coastal town with clues that keep revolving around one street.

The episode was rated #3 Worst episode of Vera from 263 votes.

Vera - S1E4
#14 - Little Lazarus
7.77
Season 1 - Episode 4

Last in the series of the detective drama based on the novels by Ann Cleeves. DI Vera Stanhope rescues a young boy from a freezing pond after he escapes from a violent attack which left his mother dead. As Vera and her team investigate what happened to the child, they unravel a web of deadly secrets and discover a murderous sequence of events set in motion by power, money and a mother's love. Although she is usually awkward and uninterested around children, Vera finds a kindred spirit in the boy, and begins to realise that the key to the investigation may lie hidden in his memory.

The episode was rated #4 Worst episode of Vera from 278 votes.

Vera - S8E4
#15 - Darkwater
7.77
Season 8 - Episode 4

Vera is confronted with a tragic mystery when the dead body of teenager Ethan Dewley is found floating in a reservoir in a remote rural town, DCI Vera Stanhope must scrutinise the fractured relationships of the surrounding community to find his killer.

The episode was rated #5 Worst episode of Vera from 248 votes.

Vera - S3E1
#16 - Castles in the Air
7.78
Season 3 - Episode 1

DCI Vera Stanhope investigates the brutal murder of a young physiotherapist gunned down at a luxury country retreat.

The episode was rated #6 Worst episode of Vera from 272 votes.

Vera - S7E1
#17 - Natural Selection
7.78
Season 7 - Episode 1

CI Vera Stanhope is drawn into a suspicious death on Ternstone, a remote and inaccessible island off the coast of Northumberland, home only to numerous species of birds and the rangers who observe them. The last thing anyone expected to see was a body, cruelly washed up on the shore.

The episode was rated #7 Worst episode of Vera from 399 votes.

Vera - S9E3
#18 - Cold River
7.79
Season 9 - Episode 3

Successful business-woman Lisa Varsey throws a lavish boat party for her family and friends on the River Tyne. But it goes horribly wrong when her sister Dani is found dead in the water. Lisa has an empire of beauty salons in Newcastle and a caring family in husband, Ross, and sister Sadie. At first the family believe that Dani's death was an accident but DCI Vera Stanhope and pathologist Malcolm Donahue (Paul Kaye) know that the forensics point to murder. Vera and the team alight on concerning rumours that Dani could have been in an abusive relationship and questions whether this could have led to her death. But, the investigation takes a turn when evidence points to the fact that something was rotten in another area of Dani's life. Vera begins to believe that Dani was going to expose an unpalatable truth. Vera must unpick the tightly-woven threads that hold the family together to discover who killed an innocent woman.

The episode was rated #8 Worst episode of Vera from 173 votes.

Vera - S8E2
#19 - Black Ice
7.80
Season 8 - Episode 2

When a seemingly beloved resident of a coastal community is fatally driven off the road, DCI Vera digs up the victim's past in the hope of unmasking the killer.

The episode was rated #9 Worst episode of Vera from 251 votes.

Vera - S2E1
#20 - The Ghost Position
7.80
Season 2 - Episode 1

Vera's reunion with her first-ever sergeant, Stuart Macken, occurs under tragic circumstances when his house is petrol-bombed. Stuart is badly burned by the attack and his 18-year-old daughter Stella is left fighting for her life in intensive care. Vera is shocked to see that Stuart is a shadow of the man she knew 20 years before and, when her investigation uncovers unpleasant revelations about his personal life, she is faced with some long-buried memories of her own.

The episode was rated #10 Worst episode of Vera from 285 votes.

Last updated: mar 05, 2021

Comments

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Very good from procedural/detective standpoint. A lot of times series like this go too much into interpersonal drama, but here it is murder first, investigation first. Everything else that's happening to the police unit in their daily lives is more subtle, and better for it. Highly recommended for those who watch such shows for the puzzle part of the plot; but the cast is great, no doubt. Great show all around.

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Love this series. Brenda Blethyn plays the part sooooo well.

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Great show!!! Need more like it!!

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Brenda Blethyn is irresistible in her portrayal of the hat and Mac clad, Land Rover driving, sharp of eye and tongue, DCI, entrenched in the heart of Northumberland. The writing is good, but the appeal of these stories is not just the puzzle of the crime but it is also that the crime and community are complex, and the satisfaction is in watching Vera steer her team toward finding the definitive clues that lead to the villan(s). It is a police procedural at it's very finest, and the setting is breathtakingly beautiful. Treat yourself to this series from the beginning. I maintain my rating for the series as 9 (splendid) out of 10. [Police Procedural

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I totally enjoy Vera & hope she has many more seasons to come!

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This was totally good as I didn't suspect the killer nor the conspiracy of her friend.

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