ITV’s top-rating crime drama Vera continues with its ninth series tonight with a four-part run in 2019.
Following the huge success of series eight, award winning actress, Brenda Blethyn dons her infamous mac and hat to play the unorthodox but brilliantly perceptive Detective Chief Inspector Vera Stanhope, in chilling feature length episodes set against the backdrop of the North East.
Series 9 of Vera is made up of four stand alone episodes, each two hours long.
The second airs at 8PM on Sunday, January 20. You can watch episodes for free online and catch up via the ITV Hub.
Vera 2019 cast
- DCI Vera Stanhope - BRENDA BLETHYN
- DS Aiden Healy - KENNY DOUGHTY
- DC Kenny Lockhart - JON MORRISON
- DC Mark Edwards - RILEY JONES
- Pathologist Dr. Malcolm Donahue - PAUL KAYE
- Matthew Wells - PETER DAVISON
- Graham Caswell - ADRIAN LUKIS
- Natalie Webb - JODIE McNEE
- Ava Caswell - AMIRA GHAZALLA
- Sandra Madani - SEETA INDRANI
- Jim Paisley - ANDREW READMAN
- Melanie Kirk - FAITH ALABI
- Kieran Webb - JAMES ATHERTON
- Paul Eastman - SEAN CERNOW
- Ashleigh Beck - CAITLIN DRABBLE
- Joanne Caswell - SHARON SINGH
- Peter Lyle - EDWARD KINGHAM
- Nazeem - NAVINDER BHATTI
- Frank Payne - GERARD MCDERMOTT
- Simon Beck - CHRIS IDDON
- Natalie’s mum - HEATHER WALKER
The second episode is called Cuckoo.
Airing this Sunday, January 20, Vera is confronted with the tragic scene of a teenage boy’s murder.
His body is found in a shipyard in the sleepy coastal town of Peyton-by-the-Sea. As he isn’t recognised locally, it’s not immediately apparent who he is. Eventually, Missing Persons records reveal that troubled Caden Lennon had absconded from the care of his support worker six weeks previously.
With few leads thrown up by the Newcastle estate where Caden came from, Vera looks to the Peyton locals to throw some light on the investigation. Beneath the quaint facade she discovers that there is a growing drugs problem.
But, with local dealer Tony Briggs (Mark Addy) now apparently going straight, it’s not clear why. Vera begins to question whether Caden’s connections to Newcastle and Peyton run deeper, and whether the lack of leads points to a ring of silence with darker forces at play.
Vera must uncover the missing link to find Caden’s ruthless killer.
Vera airs tonight, January 20, at 8:10PM on ITV.