Vera (2011– )
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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.


Dusan Lazarevic


Gaby Chiappe (screenplay), Ann Cleeves (characters)


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Brenda Blethyn ... DCI Vera Stanhope
David Leon ... DS Joe Ashworth
Paul Ritter ... Billy Cartwright
Jon Morrison Jon Morrison ... DC Kenny Lockhart
Clare Calbraith ... Shep
Maureen Beattie ... Dr. Vivienne Ripman
Rebecca Benson ... Ruthie Culvert
Kenneth Colley ... Ronald Devreux
Rita Davies ... Sister Benedict
Matilda Ziegler ... Mary Culvert
Jodie Comer ... Izzy Rawlins
Riley Jones Riley Jones ... DC Mark Edwards
Mark Quartley Mark Quartley ... Jamie Levinson
Kevin Trainor ... Kit O'Dowd
Pippa Bennett-Warner ... Sister Claire


After catching on fire, extreme sports enthusiast Gideon Frane jumps into a lake and apparently drowns. An anonymous letter telling Gideon he will burn in hell leads to an ex-girlfriend Izzy, who accused Gideon of stalking her for a year, but, though her friend Kit admits to sending the letter, Vera eliminates him as a murder suspect. Gideon's former headmistress Vivienne Ripman tells Vera he was one of a group of "golden lads and lasses" but an ex-girlfriend Amanda disappeared after a suicide attempt and another friend, Jamie, became a drug addict. Amanda contacts Vera to clear herself - she is now a nun at a convent whose head, Sister Benedict, has happy memories of teaching Vera. Jamie is located and is almost the victim of the same poison that actually killed Gideon. Vera notes that Colin Culvert, a teacher at Gideon's school, died in a car crash in 2007 and that Jamie, an heir to a fortune, has donated all his money to a charity researching spina bifida, a condition one of ... Written by don @ minifie-1

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

8 September 2013 (UK) See more »

Filming Locations:

Lindisfarne, Northumberland, UK See more »

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ITV Studios See more »
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Who Killed Gideon Frame? And why?
30 June 2014 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

No one who witnessed it can get the vision of Gideon Frane's burning body as he jumped into a lake out of his or her mind. And if, like Vera and the coroner, you didn't see it, you keep imagining it.

Vera and Joe set out to learn who lit the match, but it turns out that Gideon wasn't killed that way at all. He was poisoned with atropine, and it drove him mad, he tripped on an oil lamp and set himself on fire. So who poisoned him? In investigating Gideon's history, they come up with some suspects. There's Kit, a gay hairdresser friend of Gideon's ex-girlfriend Izzy, who was being stalked by Gideon. His ex-headmistress Vivienne Ripman states that Frane was part of a sort of school "in" crowd; one girlfriend attempted suicide and disappeared and another member, Jamie, became a drug addict. Another ex, Amanda, now a nun, comes forward.

When Jamie is located, he offers Vera a drink, and both of them are poisoned but thankfully not killed.

Vera's flummoxed. What is all this about? Gideon poisoned and goes mad. Jamie, a drug addict living in a squalor, comes from a wealthy family, has given away his money, and is now poisoned himself. Amanda has become a nun.

It's a mystery only Vera can solve.

Really good story, with Brenda Blethyn in top form as no-muss no-fuss Vera, who becomes emotional upon meeting an old teacher, Sr. Benedict, and tries to break out of the hospital after her poisoning before she's ready.

Always some sadness with these stories. Vera's loneliness, isolation and the stark countryside rule.

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