Vera (2011– )
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The Crow Trap 

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | Episode aired 15 May 2011
As groundbreaking begins on a rock quarry in the moorlands, a local woman who had opposed the construction is found murdered.


Farren Blackburn


Stephen Brady (screenplay), Ann Cleeves (novel)

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Brenda Blethyn ... DCI Vera Stanhope
David Leon ... DS Joe Ashworth
Wunmi Mosaku ... DC Holly Lawson
Paul Ritter ... Billy Cartwright
Elizabeth Carling ... Bev MacDonald
Amy Cudden Amy Cudden ... Grace Bishop
Daniel Flynn ... Godfrey Waugh
Jane Holman Jane Holman ... Bella Furness
John Lynch ... Edmund Fulwell
Jack McBride Jack McBride ... Dougie Furness
Jon Morrison Jon Morrison ... DC Kenny Lockhart
Daniela Nardini ... Anne Preece
Skyla Pearce Skyla Pearce ... May Waugh
Richard Short ... Neville Furness
Susie Trayling ... Barbara Waugh


Bella Furness is lured into a barn and murdered. Her body is found by environmentalist Anne Preece, who is researching reasons to prevent a quarry being dug nearby for a company headed by Godfrey Waugh, whom Vera discovers is having an affair with Anne. Bella opposed the quarry too but, with her death, her stepson Neville, whose business is failing, can sell the house. Bev McDonald is another suspect, as she blames Bella for the disappearance of her little son Lee twelve years earlier, though Bella's husband, Dougie, now a stroke victim, gave her an alibi. Vera learns from Dougie that Bella was about to change her mind and sell her house to Waugh, putting her at odds with reclusive fellow campaigner Edmund Fulwell, who has a secret of his own. Parent-child relationships hold the key to unlocking what becomes a double murder, as well as discovering the fate of Lee McDonald. Written by don @ minifie-1

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15 May 2011 (UK) See more »

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The Crow Trap
5 July 2017 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

A strong episode this as the suspects are long and varied. A woman Bella Furness has been murdered, an environmental investigator Anne Preece finds the body. Bella was opposed to selling her land to Godfrey Waugh, a local businessman who wants to dig a quarry. Her stepson now Bella is out of the way now decides to sell the land and put his father in an old people's home.

When Vera investigates she finds that Anne Preece is also having an affair with Waugh, who is determined to buy up the surrounding land, however he is confident that it just upping the price that matters. Vera also has to contend with a distraught a mother who believes Bella had abducted her son many years earlier. It was a case that Vera had worked on.

There area lot of strands here which come together, even a side issue about Joe being stressed about his wife and kids as he confides in Godfrey Waugh's wife. We even have an anti capitalist radical with a violent streak who was friends with Bella.

Vera stoically investigates, there is regrets about the the abduction of the child, an investigation where the parents were initially suspected. Yet Vera is always cunning and believes that the proposed excavation area holds clues to the mystery.

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