The BEST Episodes of Vera

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Oct 21, 2021

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.

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Death of a Family Man

#1 - Death of a Family Man

Season 4 - Episode 4 - Aired May 18, 2014

Vera delves into the tangled life of a businessman found floating in the water under the Gateshead Millennium Bridge.

star 8.09
317 votes
Writers: Ann Cleeves, Gaby Chiappe, Paul Rutman
The Seagull

#2 - The Seagull

Season 9 - Episode 4 - Aired Feb 3, 2019

Vera must find the connection between a skeleton discovered underneath the site of a notorious burnt-out nightclub and a present day murder.

star 8.07
229 votes
Writers:
Blood and Bone

#3 - Blood and Bone

Season 8 - Episode 1 - Aired Jan 7, 2018

Vera is called to a chilling murder scene when the charred remains of a body are discovered in an abattoir incinerator.

star 8.07
314 votes
Directors: Paul Gay
Writers: Ann Cleeves, Paul Matthew Thompson
Dark Road

#4 - Dark Road

Season 6 - Episode 1 - Aired Jan 31, 2016

Vera investigates the murder of a 56-year-old grandmother discovered by a young girl on the wild and desolate Northumberland moors.

star 8.07
375 votes
Directors: Marek Losey
Writers: Ann Cleeves, Martha Hillier
Tuesday's Child

#5 - Tuesday's Child

Season 6 - Episode 2 - Aired Feb 7, 2016

Vera investigates the death of a local lad whose body is found wrapped in plastic sheets at a rural teenage hang out.

star 7.98
348 votes
Directors: Jill Robertson
Writers: Ann Cleeves, Glen Laker
The Sea Glass

#6 - The Sea Glass

Season 6 - Episode 4 - Aired Feb 21, 2016

Vera investigates the mysterious death of a fisherman found tangled in the nets of a North Sea trawler.

star 7.97
305 votes
Directors: Paul Gay
Writers: Ann Cleeves, Martha Hillier, Paul Matthew Thompson, Rob Gittins
Prodigal Son

#7 - Prodigal Son

Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired Sep 15, 2013

Vera's investigation into the murder of an ex-Met officer turns out to be far more complicated than initially imagined.

star 7.97
311 votes
Writers: Marston Bloom
Young Gods

#8 - Young Gods

Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired Sep 8, 2013

Vera investigates the death of an extreme sports fanatic, who was seen by a group of campers jumping into the lake while on fire from head to toe.

star 7.97
322 votes
Directors: Dusan Lazarevic
Writers: Gaby Chiappe
Broken Promise

#9 - Broken Promise

Season 7 - Episode 3 - Aired Apr 2, 2017

Vera is called to Northumberland University when a student plummets to his death from the top of a disused faculty building.

star 7.94
402 votes
Directors: Lee Haven Jones
Writers: Ann Cleeves, Robert Murphy
Cuckoo

#10 - Cuckoo

Season 9 - Episode 2 - Aired Jan 20, 2019

Vera must get to the bottom of why a teenage boy is found murdered far away from his home in a coastal town.

star 7.93
242 votes
Directors: Lawrence Gough
Writers:
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.

star 7.92
402 votes
Directors: John Hayes
Writers: Ann Cleeves, Martha Hillier, Paul Matthew Thompson
Castles in the Air

#12 - Castles in the Air

Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired Aug 25, 2013

A young physiotherapist is brutally murdered and Vera leads the investigation into her death.

star 7.92
351 votes
Directors: Will Sinclair
Writers: Gaby Chiappe, Paul Rutman
Protected

#13 - Protected

Season 4 - Episode 2 - Aired May 4, 2014

Vera unearths a 30-year-old mystery after a brutal murder on the sands of a seaside resort.

star 7.92
283 votes
Directors: Daikin Marsh
Writers: Martha Hillier
Blind Spot

#14 - Blind Spot

Season 9 - Episode 1 - Aired Jan 13, 2019

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

star 7.91
258 votes
Directors: Paul Gay
Writers: Paul Logue
Dark Angel

#15 - Dark Angel

Season 7 - Episode 2 - Aired Mar 26, 2017

The body of a young man is discovered face down in a river by Thrunton Woods. But tracing the victim's identity proves difficult for Vera and her team.

star 7.91
420 votes
Directors: Louise Hooper
Writers: Ann Cleeves, Paul Matthew Thompson
Darkwater

#16 - 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.

star 7.91
295 votes
Directors: Lee Haven Jones
Writers: Ann Cleeves, Paul Matthew Thompson
Old Wounds

#17 - Old Wounds

Season 5 - Episode 2 - Aired Apr 12, 2015

When the remains of a teenage girl are found half-buried in a wood, Vera and her team find themselves investigating a 30-year-old mystery.

star 7.91
285 votes
Directors: Daikin Marsh
Writers: Ann Cleeves, Martha Hillier
Black Ice

#18 - Black Ice

Season 8 - Episode 2 - Aired Jan 14, 2018

Vera is called to the scene of a violent car crash, and quickly realizes that the crash was not accidental and that another driver tried to kill victim, Faye Wakeland.

star 7.90
295 votes
Directors: David Leon
Writers: Ann Cleeves, Martha Hillier
The Deer Hunters

#19 - The Deer Hunters

Season 4 - Episode 3 - Aired May 11, 2014

Vera delves into the tragic last months of a failed novelist after he is gunned down on a remote Northumberland moor.

star 7.89
266 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
279 votes
Writers: Ann Cleeves, Martha Hillier
The Escape Turn

#21 - The Escape Turn

Season 10 - Episode 4 - Aired Feb 2, 2020

Vera investigates the case of a wealthy betting shop tycoon who was murdered during a home invasion in front of his wife and daughter.

star 7.88
160 votes
Writers: Paul Matthew Thompson
On Harbour Street

#22 - On Harbour Street

Season 4 - Episode 1 - Aired Apr 27, 2014

Vera investigates the mysterious death of a pensioner on a busy commuter train.

star 7.87
315 votes
Writers: Paul Rutman
Home

#23 - Home

Season 8 - Episode 3 - Aired Jan 21, 2018

Quiet life in suburbia takes a dark turn when a woman is discovered lying dead in her back garden.

star 7.85
286 votes
Directors: Chris Baugh
Writers: Ann Cleeves, Paul Logue
Dirty

#24 - Dirty

Season 10 - Episode 3 - Aired Jan 26, 2020

DCI Vera Stanhope must piece together Luke Sumner's final hours in order to investigate his murder.

star 7.85
160 votes
Directors: Delyth Thomas
Writers: Sally Abbott
Natural Selection

#25 - Natural Selection

Season 7 - Episode 1 - Aired Mar 19, 2017

Vera 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.

star 7.85
446 votes
Directors: Jamie Childs
Writers: Ann Cleeves, Helen Jenkins