D.C.I. Vera Stanhope (Brenda Blethyn) investigates the brutal murder of young physiotherapist, Lizzie Faulkner (Eva Quinn), gunned down at a luxury country retreat. For D.S Joe Ashworth (David Leon), the case brings him face to face with a part of his past he would rather forget.
Local man, Robert Doran (Richard Riddell), was in the area shooting badgers at the time but denies any part in the killing, despite having a connection to Lizzie.
The team discover Lizzie’s holiday was a last minute gift from client, Corinne Franks (Vinette Robinson), the architect behind the expensive new holiday village.
Her husband Andrew (John Light) and their business partner, Tim Hopkins (Nicholas Gleaves) refuse to accept the murder is connected to local resentment towards their new development. But when Corinne is mowed down in a deliberate hit and run they are forced to reconsider.
The only alternative is a revenge attack. Andrew admits Corinne was recently involved in a fatal car accident. The victim’s heartbroken husband, Justin Bishop (Shaun Dingwall), disagreed with the coroner’s verdict and has been campaigning for justice ever since.
Aided by D.C. Kenny Lockhart (Jon Morrison), Vera uncovers a hidden friendship between Corrine Franks and the Bishop’s teenage son, Sam (Alexander Arnold), but is he capable of double murder?
In a story of betrayal, guilt and the need for atonement, Vera must move quickly to avoid another tragedy while Joe finally makes amends with the demons from his own past.
D.C.I. Vera Stanhope – Brenda Blethyn
D.S. Joe Ashworth – David Leon
D.C. Kenny Lockhart – Jon Morrison
D.C. Mark Edwards – Riley Jones
Pathologist Billy Cartwright – Paul Ritter
Robert Doran – Richard Riddell
Tina Robson – Cassie Atkinson
Lizzie Faulkner – Eva Quinn
Maisie Jones – Leah Brotherhead
Tim Hopkins – Nicholas Gleaves
Kirsty Hopkins – Alex Childs
Justin Bishop – Shaun Dingwall
Celine Sonya – Cassidy
Jessie Ashworth -Mia Wyles
Corinne Franks – Vinette Robinson
Sam Bishop – Alexander Arnold
Derek – Nicholas Lumley
Andrew Franks – John Light
Duty Solicitor – Will Ashcroft
Tim’s Solicitor – Ian Cairns
Inspired by the best selling novels and characters created by acclaimed crime writer Ann Cleeves, Oscar nominated and award-winning actress Brenda Blethyn reprises her lead role as Detective Chief Inspector Vera Stanhope alongside actor and filmmaker David Leon who plays Vera’s trusty sidekick and surrogate son Detective Sergeant Joe Ashworth.
The third series sees the return of Scottish born actor Jon Morrison (High Times, Nil By Mouth) as D.C Kenny Lockhart, Clare Calbraith (Downton Abbey, The Shadow Line) as D.C. Rebecca Shepherd, Paul Ritter (Friday Night Dinner, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time) as pathologist Billy Cartwright and Sonya Cassidy (Endeavour, The Paradise) as Celine Ashworth, wife to Joe.
Other actors appearing across the four new films include; Dean Andrews (Frankie, Last Tango in Halifax, Ashes to Ashes), Saskia Reeves (Wallander, Luther), Nicholas Gleaves (Scott & Bailey, Public Enemies), Shaun Dingwall (Doctor Who, Above Suspicion), Vinette Robinson (Sherlock, Waterloo Road), Jill Halfpenny (Lightfields, Wild at Heart, Mount Pleasant), Liam Cunningham (Game of Thrones, Strike Back, Outcasts), Christine Bottomley (The Arbor, Land Girls, Tess of the D’Urbervilles), Ralph Ineson (Secret State, Case Sensitive, Harry Potter) Riley Jones (Wolfblood).