DCI Vera Stanhope to make the Northumberland countryside safe beginning this Sunday


ITV’s top-rated crime drama Verastarring Brenda Brethyn, is set to return for a new series of four episodes this month. The 2-time Academy Award nominee will don her trademark floppy fishing tackle shop hat to make the Northumberland countryside safe once again beginning Sunday, 19 March on ITV.

Based on the bestselling Inspector Stanhope books by award-winning writer Ann Cleeves, Vera and her team are drawn into four more compelling mysteries for series 7, including the death of a wildlife ranger, left alone overnight on a remote and inaccessible island off Northumberland in the North East of England on the border of Scotland.

Set around Newcastle and the stunning Northumberland countryside, Vera S7 features a new set of complex and intriguing cases, atmospherically-shot landscapes and captivating performances, led by BAFTA, RTS and Golden Globe award-winning actress Blethyn who plays the unorthodox but brilliant DCI.

For series 7, Blethyn is reunited with co-stars Kenny Doughty, who joined the force in series 5 as DS Aiden Healy, Jon Morrison (DC Kenny Lockhart), Noof McEwan (DC Hicham Cherradi), Lisa Hammond (DC Helen Milton) and Riley Jones (DC Mark Edwards).

Photographer: Stuart Wood.

In “Natural Selection”, which premieres on ITV this Sunday, DCI Vera Stanhope is drawn into a suspicious death on Ternstone, a remote and inaccessible island off the Northumberland coast, home only to numerous species of birds and the rangers who observe them.

The last thing anyone expected to see was a body of a wildlife ranger, cruelly washed up on the shore. Over the course of the episode, Vera unearths a web of secrets, rivalries and years of buried resentment that will lead her to the killer.

The remaining 3 episodes of series 7 are “Dark Angel” (26 March), “Broken Promise” (2 April) and “The Blanket Mire” (9 April).

Vera S7 premieres Sunday on ITV While series 7 begins Sunday, 19 March, series 8 begins filming this Summer.