Award-winning actress Brenda Blethyn returns to her role as the caustic, complex DCI Vera Stanhope of the Northumbria and City Police for a new series of four dramas based on the characters created by bestselling author Ann Cleeves. The series premieres on Sunday 19 March at 8.00pm on ITV.
In the first episode, Natural Selection, 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.
The last thing anyone expected to see was a body washed up on the shore. Gemma Wyatt was an experienced ranger who lived and worked on Ternstone for the Northumbria Wildlife Trust. While her devastated fiancé Ryan (Matthew Wilson), and colleagues led by head ranger Sophia (Suzanne Packer), believe Gemma’s death was an accident, marks found on her body quickly prove otherwise. But as Gemma was left alone on the island overnight, who could have made the treacherous journey out to sea and up the island’s impenetrable coastline to kill her – and why?
As suspicions turn to Gemma’s family and workmates, Vera starts to piece together an altogether different portrait of the popular and successful ranger. In the process, she unearths a web of secrets, rivalries and years of buried resentment that will lead her to the killer.
Vera: Natural Selection Episode 1 (of 4) airs on Sunday 19 March 2017 from 8.00pm-10.00pm on ITV.