The BEST Episodes of Vera

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Feb 23, 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.

Dark Road

#1 - 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 8.13
359 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

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

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

#3 - 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 8.11
216 votes
Directors: Declan O'Dwyer
Writers:
Blood and Bone

#4 - 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 8.09
302 votes
Directors: Paul Gay
Writers: Ann Cleeves, Paul Matthew Thompson
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 8.01
337 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 7.99
295 votes
Directors: Paul Gay
Writers: Ann Cleeves, Martha Hillier, Paul Matthew Thompson, Rob Gittins
Young Gods

#7 - 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 7.98
305 votes
Directors: Dusan Lazarevic
Writers: Gaby Chiappe
Prodigal Son

#8 - 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 7.98
299 votes
Writers: Marston Bloom
Protected

#9 - 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 7.95
267 votes
Directors: Daikin Marsh
Writers: Martha Hillier
Broken Promise

#10 - 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
391 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.

star 7.94
392 votes
Directors: John Hayes
Writers: Ann Cleeves, Martha Hillier, Paul Matthew Thompson
Cuckoo

#12 - 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 7.94
234 votes
Directors: Lawrence Gough
Writers:
Old Wounds

#13 - 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 7.93
274 votes
Directors: Daikin Marsh
Writers: Ann Cleeves, Martha Hillier
Black Ice

#14 - 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 7.93
284 votes
Directors: David Leon
Writers: Ann Cleeves, Martha Hillier
Blind Spot

#15 - 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 7.92
247 votes
Directors: Paul Gay
Writers: Paul Logue
Dark Angel

#16 - 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 7.92
408 votes
Directors: Louise Hooper
Writers: Ann Cleeves, Paul Matthew Thompson
Castles in the Air

#17 - 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 7.91
334 votes
Directors: Will Sinclair
Writers: Gaby Chiappe, Paul Rutman
Darkwater

#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.

star 7.91
282 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

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

star 7.91
256 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 7.90
265 votes
Writers: Ann Cleeves, Martha Hillier
On Harbour Street

#21 - 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 7.89
296 votes
Writers: Paul Rutman
Natural Selection

#22 - 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 7.87
433 votes
Directors: Jamie Childs
Writers: Ann Cleeves, Helen Jenkins
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 7.87
277 votes
Directors: Chris Baugh
Writers: Ann Cleeves, Paul Logue
The Escape Turn

#24 - 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 7.86
145 votes
Writers: Paul Matthew Thompson
Cold River

#25 - Cold River

Season 9 - Episode 3 - Aired Jan 27, 2019

A beauty empire is shaken to the ground when one of three sisters is found dead in the River Tyne. DCI Vera Stanthorpe investigates.

star 7.86
209 votes
Writers: