The BEST Episodes of Vera

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Oct 19, 2020

Network: ITV

DCI Vera Stanhope is obsessive about her work. With her caustic wit and guile, the unorthodox but brilliant detective investigates chilling crimes set in Northumberland with her trusted colleagues.

Dark Road

#1 - Dark Road

Season 6 - Episode 1 - Aired Jan 31, 2016

Vera investigates the mysterious murder of a fifty six year old grandmother, discovered by a young girl on the desolate Northumberland moors.

star 8.11
344 votes
Directors: Marek Losey
Writers: Ann Cleeves, Martha Hillier
Death of a Family Man

#2 - Death of a Family Man

Season 4 - Episode 4 - Aired May 18, 2014

The detective investigates the mysterious death of businessman John Shearwood, found floating in the water under the Gateshead Millennium Bridge when he was supposed to be on a golf trip to Ireland. The man's wife Stella and brother Luke are baffled to discover he was working as an informant for HM Revenue and Customs. Chief Revenue investigator Owen Preece reveals John's business manager Mark Donovan has been running an alcohol scam through their haulage firm and the deceased had agreed to offer information in exchange for immunity from prosecution. Was his cover blown? Owen doesn't think so, and Mark has an alibi - unlike John's wife.

star 8.11
295 votes
Writers: Ann Cleeves, Gaby Chiappe, Paul Rutman
The Seagull

#3 - The Seagull

Season 9 - Episode 4 - Aired Feb 3, 2019

Vera must open up a cold case to find the connection between a skeleton discovered underneath the site of a notorious burnt-out night club and a present-day murder.

star 8.11
208 votes
Directors: Declan O'Dwyer
Blood and Bone

#4 - Blood and Bone

Season 8 - Episode 1 - Aired Jan 7, 2018

DCI Vera Stanhope is called to a chilling murder scene when the charred remains of a body are discovered in an abattoir incinerator. With limited forensic evidence, she is disturbed to identify the body as DC Harry Fenton, a respected police officer from the Northumberland & City Fraud Unit.

star 8.07
291 votes
Directors: Paul Gay
Writers: Ann Cleeves, Paul Matthew Thompson
The Sea Glass

#5 - The Sea Glass

Season 6 - Episode 4 - Aired Feb 21, 2016

A fisherman's body is found tangled up in a North Sea trawler's net. Vera and her team investigate with the help of the local harbourmaster, and find the dead man's sons pointing the finger at the owner of a fish market, with whom they have a long-running feud. Retracing the dead man's steps, Vera discovers when he drowned and tracks down a waitress who may have been one of the last people to see him alive. However, the case becomes more complicated when a witness runs away and a boat belonging to the dead man's sister-in-law goes up in flames.

star 7.99
284 votes
Directors: Paul Gay
Writers: Ann Cleeves, Martha Hillier, Paul Matthew Thompson, Rob Gittins
Prodigal Son

#6 - Prodigal Son

Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired Sep 15, 2013

Vera and Joe are brought in to investigate when a former Met police officer is stabbed to death outside a nightclub in Newcastle. The team initially suspects a crime of passion after it emerges the victim had recently rekindled his affair with his childhood sweetheart, whose husband has a history of violence. However, Vera uncovers evidence pointing to a more complex case involving inside information and the hostile takeover of a brewery. What did the deceased find out that cost him his life?

star 7.98
289 votes
Writers: Marston Bloom
Tuesday's Child

#7 - Tuesday's Child

Season 6 - Episode 2 - Aired Feb 7, 2016

Vera investigates the death of a young man whose remains were found in remote caves.

star 7.98
322 votes
Directors: Jill Robertson
Writers: Ann Cleeves, Glen Laker
Young Gods

#8 - Young Gods

Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired Sep 8, 2013

Vera delves into the past of extreme sports enthusiast Gideon Frane after he plunges from a cliff in a ball of flames. A scan of the files reveals a long list of stalking complaints against an ex, and an anonymous letter to the victim spelling out Burn in Hell is linked to one of her friends. Aided by DC Shepherd and the newly appointed DC Edwards, the team tries to track down Gideon's old gang to uncover a lifetime of bullying and an unexpected story of rough justice.

star 7.98
297 votes
Directors: Dusan Lazarevic
Writers: Gaby Chiappe

#9 - Protected

Season 4 - Episode 2 - Aired May 4, 2014

The detective is called in when David Kenworthy, the son of a prominent local family, is found murdered on the beach at Whitley Bay. A witness spotted arcade owner Larry Crowe arguing with David on the night of the killing, and a search of the suspect's property uncovers a bloodied baseball bat. However, Larry has a cast-iron alibi and it's clear he wasn't the only person the victim met that night. A second death then leaves Vera facing mounting pressure to crack the case, and struggling to answer the question of why David was drawn to the seafront on the evening of his father's retirement.

star 7.95
258 votes
Directors: Daikin Marsh
Writers: Martha Hillier
Broken Promise

#10 - Broken Promise

Season 7 - Episode 3 - Aired Apr 2, 2017

DCI Vera Stanhope (Brenda Blethyn) is called to the University of Northumberland when Jamie Marshall, a young, promising journalism student, plummets to his death from the top of a disused faculty building. With no eyewitnesses and no immediate leads, Vera turns to friends and family to glean all she can about Jamie, and to discover who might have wanted him dead.

star 7.94
383 votes
Directors: Lee Haven Jones
Writers: Ann Cleeves, Robert Murphy
The Blanket Mire

#11 - The Blanket Mire

Season 7 - Episode 4 - Aired Apr 9, 2017

Surveyors out on the Northumberland moors make a shocking discovery: the body of a young woman buried beneath the soil. On the scene, assumptions are that this is the body of local teenager, Mia Hinkin, who disappeared six weeks ago. DCI Vera Stanhope is forced to deliver the terrible news to a broken family, desperate for answers.

star 7.93
384 votes
Directors: John Hayes
Writers: Ann Cleeves, Martha Hillier, Paul Matthew Thompson
Old Wounds

#12 - Old Wounds

Season 5 - Episode 2 - Aired Apr 12, 2015

Following the discovery of the remains of a teenage girl half-buried in a Northumberland wood, Vera and her team end up looking into a thirty-year old mystery.

star 7.93
261 votes
Directors: Daikin Marsh
Writers: Ann Cleeves, Martha Hillier
Black Ice

#13 - Black Ice

Season 8 - Episode 2 - Aired Jan 14, 2018

DCI Vera Stanhope is called to the scene of a violent car crash. With her typically sharp skills of observation, Vera quickly realises that the crash was not accidental and that another driver tried to kill victim, Faye Wakeland. When she dies in hospital shortly after, Vera suspects that Faye's murder might be connected to the recent suicide of a local man. She is a popular and well-loved member of a coastal community. But, Vera and Aiden find it difficult to get to the truth when everyone that they encounter seem to be protecting a secret. Vera must continue to delve into the lives of the people that Faye lived amongst, as well as the links she had with her past. Joined by her faithful team including DC Kenny Lockhart, as well as new recruit DC Jac Williams, Vera attempts to find the missing link that will lead to Faye's killer.

star 7.92
276 votes
Directors: David Leon
Writers: Ann Cleeves, Martha Hillier
Dark Angel

#14 - Dark Angel

Season 7 - Episode 2 - Aired Mar 26, 2017

When the body of a drug addict is found face down in a river, DCI Vera Stanhope is forced to delve back into an old case in order to unmask the killer.

star 7.91
401 votes
Directors: Louise Hooper
Writers: Ann Cleeves, Paul Matthew Thompson
Castles in the Air

#15 - Castles in the Air

Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired Aug 25, 2013

Young physiotherapist Lizzie Faulkner is shot dead while enjoying a holiday at a luxury country retreat. The resulting murder investigation unearths betrayal, guilt and the desire for atonement - as Vera moves quickly to avoid another tragedy, and Joe tries to make amends with the demons of his past.

star 7.91
326 votes
Directors: Will Sinclair
Writers: Gaby Chiappe, Paul Rutman

#16 - Cuckoo

Season 9 - Episode 2 - Aired Jan 20, 2019

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 recognized 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 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.

star 7.91
222 votes
Directors: Lawrence Gough
Blind Spot

#17 - Blind Spot

Season 9 - Episode 1 - Aired Jan 13, 2019

DCI Vera Stanhope investigates the murder of a trainee forensic psychologist found dead on a Northumberland landfill site.

star 7.90
239 votes
Directors: Paul Gay
Writers: Paul Logue

#18 - Darkwater

Season 8 - Episode 4 - Aired Jan 28, 2018

Vera is confronted with a tragic mystery when the dead body of teenager Ethan Dewley is found floating in a reservoir in a remote rural town, DCI Vera Stanhope must scrutinise the fractured relationships of the surrounding community to find his killer.

star 7.90
273 votes
Directors: Lee Haven Jones
Writers: Ann Cleeves, Paul Matthew Thompson
The Deer Hunters

#19 - The Deer Hunters

Season 4 - Episode 3 - Aired May 11, 2014

The body of a man killed by a single gunshot wound is discovered on the moors and a burnt-out truck containing the remains of a deer is found a mile away. Joe is convinced the case is a poaching war gone wrong, but for Vera, the truth is never that straightforward. Delving into the victim's story, she unearths a sad childhood in the country and a troubled life in the city, scraping by as a novelist. Following the recent death of his grandfather, he returned to Northumberland after a 15-year absence to sell his inheritance to a wealthy couple - but pulled out of the deal at the last minute. Could his death be linked to a dispute over land?

star 7.90
248 votes
Directors: Will Sinclair
Writers: Steve Coombes
Muddy Waters

#20 - Muddy Waters

Season 5 - Episode 3 - Aired Apr 19, 2015

Vera investigates the death of an unidentified man dredged up from a slurry pit on a remote Northumberland farm.

star 7.89
250 votes
Writers: Ann Cleeves, Martha Hillier
On Harbour Street

#21 - On Harbour Street

Season 4 - Episode 1 - Aired Apr 27, 2014

Vera investigates the death of a pensioner found stabbed on a train at the height of rush hour. The case has a huge impact on Joe's home life when his daughter is named as a key witness, and he struggles to maintain a professional distance. The trail leads the team to a quiet Northumberland coastal town where clues appear to lead to one particular street - but why are the residents so reluctant to talk?

star 7.89
284 votes
Writers: Paul Rutman

#22 - Home

Season 8 - Episode 3 - Aired Jan 21, 2018

Quiet life in suburbia takes a dark turn when a woman is is discovered murdered, found lying dead in her back garden. When DCI Vera Stanhope discovers that the neighbours aren't all that they seem, buried secrets must be unearthed in order to catch the killer.

star 7.86
265 votes
Directors: Chris Baugh
Writers: Ann Cleeves, Paul Logue
The Escape Turn

#23 - The Escape Turn

Season 10 - Episode 4 - Aired Feb 2, 2020

Wealthy betting shop tycoon Alun Wilmott is shot and killed during a home invasion, leaving his wife and daughter traumatised—and with large amounts of cash missing from his personal safe, it is assumed he is the unlucky victim of a burglary. Vera suspects an inside job.

star 7.86
136 votes
Natural Selection

#24 - Natural Selection

Season 7 - Episode 1 - Aired Mar 19, 2017

CI Vera Stanhope is drawn into a suspicious death on Ternstone, a remote and inaccessible island off the coast of Northumberland, home only to numerous species of birds and the rangers who observe them. The last thing anyone expected to see was a body, cruelly washed up on the shore.

star 7.86
419 votes
Directors: Jamie Childs
Writers: Ann Cleeves, Helen Jenkins

#25 - Dirty

Season 10 - Episode 3 - Aired Jan 26, 2020

A cleaner's body is discovered close to his flat in Newcastle, but pathology concludes that the killing blow could have occurred several hours before he succumbed to his injuries, prompting Vera to piece together the victim's final hours in order to investigate his murder.

star 7.84
134 votes