Vera (2011– )
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Dark Angel 

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | Episode aired 26 March 2017
The body of a young man is discovered face down in a river by Thrunton Woods. But tracing the victim's identity proves difficult for Vera and her team.


Louise Hooper


Ann Cleeves (characters), Paul Matthew Thompson




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Brenda Blethyn ... DCI Vera Stanhope
Kenny Doughty ... DS Aiden Healy
Jon Morrison Jon Morrison ... DC Kenny Lockhart
Noof McEwan ... DC Hicham Cherradi
Christopher Colquhoun Christopher Colquhoun ... Dr. Anthony Carmichael
Riley Jones Riley Jones ... DC Mark Edwards
Robert Pugh ... Eddie Thurston
Struan Rodger ... Father O'Brien
Nigel Betts ... Brian Bennick
Ace Bhatti ... Stuart Mayfield
Derek Hutchinson ... Jeb Branning
Marjorie Yates Marjorie Yates ... Val Wilcox
Annie Hulley ... Diane Weaver
Robert Lonsdale ... Joe Connell
Alexandra Mardell Alexandra Mardell ... Kelly Horton


Young drug addict Nathan Weaver is found murdered in a rural river and Vera wonders why he had not sold a valuable ring found on his body to finance his habit. He had briefly worked at Brian Bennick's food factory and fathered a child by Kelly, another addict he met at Father O'Brien's needle exchange. On the night he died he had been dossing at a deserted farmhouse where, several years earlier, Eddie Thurston was arrested for murdering his wife, and a suspect in the case, Jeb Branning, just happened to find the body. There are several other links between the night of Mrs. Thurston's death and the present that will ultimately assist Vera in solving both murders and the mystery of the ring. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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26 March 2017 (UK) See more »

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Struan Rodger (Father O'Brien) & Ace Bhatti (Stuart Mayfield) also worked together on Shetland (2013) as Alec & Calvin Sarwar respectively. See more »

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Dark Angel
2 April 2017 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

As in the previous episode, another dead body is found in the river. This time it is a drug addict Nathan Weaver with a valuable ring found on his body, something he did not sell to finance his drug habit which intrigues Vera.

Nathan seemed to be trouble, he had briefly worked at a food factory, had a relationship with a former addict and escort and was staying at a deserted farmhouse where some years earlier a woman had died and her husband was convicted of her murder. The husband maintains his innocence and claimed that two burglars broke in. Vera seems to find more connections between Nathan and the events earlier in the farmhouse.

The episode had some nice shots of Newcastle but I thought the pace was pedestrian and at time it got too silly for me. The show wants to present everyone as a suspect, but I did like the convoluted double reveal.

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