Award winning actress, Brenda Blethyn dons her iconic mac and hat to play the unorthodox but brilliantly perceptive Detective Chief Inspector Vera Stanhope, in four new feature length episodes set against the backdrop of the North East United Kingdom.

Over the episodes, DCI Vera Stanhope (Brenda Blethyn) leads her diligent team of detectives as they investigate some complex and murderous crimes.
The four self-contained crime stories have once again been inspired by the best-selling novels and characters created by acclaimed crime writer Ann Cleeves.

Episode 1 Synopsis

DCI Vera Stanhope (Brenda Blethyn) is called to a remote lighthouse where a body has been discovered lashed to a sailboat.
Immediately setting about her investigation, Vera soon discovers that the body is local council enforcement officer and experienced amateur sailor Frank Channing.

A family man, with strong friendships, who was well respected at work, surely this really was just an accident?

However, it’s not long before Vera discovers evidence suggesting foul play. Vera and her team piece together Frank’s final days and soon discover that his life wasn’t all plain sailing.

Vera – season 12 episode 1 (of four) – Sunday 19 February, 2023 on ABC and ABC iview