Based on the bestselling mysteries by Ann Cleeves, Vera follows a solitary, obsessed, cantankerous investigatorwho happens to be pure genius at her job. Two-time Oscar nominee Brenda Blethyn (Pride & Prejudice, Secrets & Lies) stars as the alwaysent but occasionally cruel DCI Vera Stanhope. She solves unthinkable crimes aided by her long-suffering team: right-hand man Sergeant Joe Ashworth (David Leon, RocknRolla), young DC Holly Lawson (Wunmi Mosaku, 32 Brinkburn Street), and forensic pathologist Billy Cartwright (Paul Ritter, The Eagle). Filmed in the Northumberland villages of the original books, Vera peers into the untamed evil that lurks below the surface and exposes the demons that plague even those who dedicate their lives to good. Four feature-length episodes offer fascinating mysteries and compelling, character-driven drama. In the end, the solutions are rarely neat, and no one comes out blameless. Guest stars include BAFTA winner Gina McKee (The Forsyte Saga, Notting Hill), Hugo Speer (The Full Monty), Kerry Fox (Bright Star), and John Lynch (Sliding Doors).