ITV’s top-rating crime drama Vera concludes its tenth series tonight with the final instalment of a four-part run.
Following the huge success of series nine, 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 10 of Vera is made up of four stand alone episodes, each two hours long.
Vera 2020 cast
Alongside Brenda Blethyn in the title role, Kenny Doughty will return as Detective Sergeant Aiden Healy, who over the years has proved himself to be a strong and reliable partner to DCI Stanhope.
Completing Vera’s team is Jon Morrison who plays DC Kenny Lockhart, Riley Jones who plays DC Mark Edwards, Ibinabo Jack who plays DC Jacqueline Williams and Paul Kaye who returns as Pathologist Dr. Malcolm Donahue.
Joining the cast are...
Freddie Gill - JONATHAN SPENCER
Nasir Ali - AJAY CHHABRA
Donnie Tripp - BARRY AIRD
Jade Gill - CHARLOTTE PYKE
Riley Gill - JOSH BARROW
Tina Tripp - MARIAN MCLOUGHLIN
Lee Tripp - BRIAN LONSDALE
Laura Whitelock - AMAKA OKAFOR
Nathan Whitelock - SIMON TRINDER
Anna Wilby - ANINE BIRKETT
Agrah Ali - JAY SAIGHAL
Saddiq Ali - VIRAJ JUNEJA
Sean Forrest - JALAAL HARTLEY
Danny Gillespie - DAVID BIRRELL
Paramedic - CHARITY BEDU-ADDO
The fourth episode is called The Escape Turn.
When wealthy betting shop magnate Alun Wilmott is shot and killed after returning home early amid a terrifying home invasion, it's assumed that he is the unlucky victim of a burglary gone wrong.
The culprits abscond with a huge amount of cash from Alun’s personal safe, leaving his wife and daughter (Louise and Jess Wilmott) traumatised in their wake. Vera suspects and inside job and immediately targets the affluent neighbourhood’s shady head of private security, Ciaran Duggan, whose history of violent crime calls his reformed character into question.
As Vera’s team delve deeper into Alun’s life, she discovers a paranoid and possessive man whose family and business interests were being targeted on all sides. Wilmott’s passion project, a greyhound racing stadium where his empire first began, is a drain on company funds in the age of online gambling.
Ruthless, cost-cutting business policies made enemies out of disgruntled gamblers and over-worked bookmakers alike. The sharks were circling, calling for Alun to be sacked as CEO.
But as Vera soon discovers, the truth behind Alun’s tragic death may be far more insidious and meticulously planned than first appears.
Vera airs tonight, February 2, at 8PM on ITV.