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Detective Chief Inspector Vera Stanhope is obsessive about her work and driven by her own demons. If she’s lonely she doesn’t show it and faces the world with caustic wit, guile and courage. Her trusted and long suffering colleague is Joe Ashworth; he is her right hand man and surrogate son. Together they approach every new case with unparalleled gusto and professionalism.
|1||VideoHidden Depths||New contemporary detective series based on the novel by crime writer Ann Cleeves. DCI Vera Stanhope is obsessive about her work and driven by her own demons, and her most trusted and long-suffering colleague is DS Joe Ashworth - her right-hand man and surrogate son. In the first episode, Vera and Joe investigate after two beautiful young people are killed in the same manner - placed in water and garlanded with flowers. Vera knows that she must find the murderer before they strike again. Soon after arriving at the crime scenes, the detectives start to interview the friends and relatives of the victims. Sinister secrets are slowly unearthed as Vera and her team unpick the complex and dysfunctional relationships amongst a group of bird-watching friends. But as the friends' loyalty turns to betrayal, Vera gradually discovers the truth. Has a small act of teenage blackmail and an illicit affair involving one of the group driven someone to kill to preserve the status quo?||1:28:48||£1.89||View in iTunes|
|2||VideoTelling Tales||New episode based on the novel by Ann Cleeves. After Jeanie Long's suicide hits the headlines, evidence comes to light exonerating her for the murder of 15-year-old Abigail Mantel 11 years earlier. Jeanie had always insisted on her innocence but no-one - including her own family - believed her. Vera sets out to solve the mystery of Abigail's death, and she and her team delve into the secrets and lies of a small community which is still feeling the repercussions of the killing. Vera digs away at the evidence in her efforts to get closer to the truth, but not before the case takes a violent and unexpected turn when another, potentially connected, murder occurs. With a killer on the loose and the pressure building, Vera must use her skill and instinct to expose the lies at the community's heart - and to lay the ghosts of Abigail and Jeanie to rest.||1:28:36||£1.89||View in iTunes|
|3||VideoThe Crow Trap||Spooky and elemental, the Crow Trap is set in the dramatic Northumberland countryside. A murder at a remote cottage takes DI Vera Stanhope back to a place full of childhood memories and an unsolved case from her earlier career. Delving into the local politics surrounding a controversial proposal to dig a quarry, Vera and her team find motives in the unlikeliest of places, shadowy liaisons and conflicting sympathies, until they realise that the truth could be hidden within the land itself.||1:28:57||£1.89||View in iTunes|
|4||VideoLittle Lazarus||A woman is brutally murdered in a hedgerow. Her son escapes the violent attack, only to fall through the ice of a frozen pond, where Vera finds him many minutes later. She wades in and pulls him out and, against all the odds, the boy survives. Gradually, DI Vera Stanhope and her team unravel deadly secrets and their murderous consequences - fuelled by power, money, and above all a mother's love. Vera, usually awkward and disinterested around children, finds a kindred spirit in the boy and begins to realise along the way that the key to the investigation lies deep in the child's memory.||1:29:00||£1.89||View in iTunes|
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This programme credits you with some intelligence and really makes your thought processes jump through hoops.
Don't be surprised to find that after watching you want to go back and watch a section again for the penny to drop.
Of course that's just me, other more intelligent people would probably get it all first time round.
I really like Vera and her independent spirit and forthright approach. Second only to Prime Suspect.
Well worth watching,