Sunday 1 September at 9pm on ITV
When respected surgeon, Dan Marsden (Reece Andrews), is shot dead days before his retirement and his teen daughters, Mira (Shifaa Arfan) and Karen (Amy Cameron), are abducted, D.C.I. Vera Stanhope (Brenda Blethyn) and her team, D.S. Joe Ashworth (David Leon) and D.C. Kenny Lockhart (Jon Morrison), face a race against time to track down the killer and save the sisters.
Orphaned by a missile attack in Baghdad, a young girl being pulled from the rubble of her building became an iconic image of the Iraq conflict. Brought to Britain for treatment, little Mira was adopted by Dan and his dutiful wife (Saskia Reeves), Laura, under the watchful eye of a family friend.
A mysterious parcel leads Vera to Jonah Regan (Dean Andrews), the photographer who took the award-winning image, uncovering a fresh connection to Iraq and a man named Malik (Amir Boutrous). But who is Malik and what could he want with the Marsden sisters?
Joined by new addition, D.C. Barry Kelman (Gareth Farr), it’s not long before the case takes a violent and unexpected turn striking at the heart of Vera and her team.
With the safety of two young women in jeopardy, Vera must use all her tenacity and instinct to expose the truth.
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).
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