Brenda Blethyn returns as Vera Stanhope-a police detective with a disheveled exterior, a sharp tongue, and an uncanny ability to solve crimes. Tough, dedicated, and more than a little irreverent, DCI Stanhope is assisted by her long-suffering sergeant, Joe Ashworth (David Leon); DC Kenny Lockhart (Jon Morrison); and forensic pathologist Billy Cartwright (Paul Ritter). Inspired by Ann Cleeves's bestselling mysteries, Vera is set in the Northumberland of the original books. In four new feature-length dramas, Stanhope delves into a world of shadows and suppressed passions where everyone has something to hide. Guest stars include Rose Leslie, Julie Graham, Phyllis Logan), and Judy Parfitt.