Luke Sumner’s body is discovered close to his flat in Newcastle, but pathology concludes that the killing blow could have occurred several hours before he succumbed to his injuries, prompting Vera (Brenda Blethyn) to piece together Luke’s final hours in order to investigate his murder. But Luke’s life is perplexingly spartan; working a punishing number of shifts for commercial cleaning company, ECS, and severing all ties to the quaint rural village where he grew up – including his mother Carmel. Carmel and Luke have barely spoken in the last eight years, both of them still haunted by the murder of Luke’s have-a-go-hero father Seth by a petty burglar.
When Vera finds out Luke left work in a rage, mid-shift she turns her attention to Luke’s amiable employers, Sonia and Clive Brock. But behind their helpful veneer, Vera uncovers disturbing claims of workplace intimidation and harassment. As the team build a portrait of Luke’s world, they reveal a pattern of violence and self-loathing recurring throughout his life. Vera finds herself having to unpack Luke’s tragic past to discover the truth about his recent emotional turmoil and in so doing, catch his killer.
- Dci Vera Stanhope Is Played By Brenda Blethyn
- Ds Aiden Healy Is Played By Kenny Doughty
- Dc Kenny Lockhart Is Played By Jon Morrison
- Dc Jacquelin Williams Is Played By Ibinabo Jack
- Pathologist Dr. Malcolm Donahue Is Played By Paul Kaye
- Dc Mark Edwards Is Played By Riley Jones
- Adam Turns as Luke Summer
- Lorraine Bruce as Carmel Sumner
- Maria Jaci as Nadya Dinev
- Vicky Hall as Sonia Brock
- Kevin Harvey as Clive Brock
- Viktoria Kay as Christine
- Dempsey Bovell as Jojo Walters
- Michael Begley as Jason Hay
- Emily Stott as Georgia Hay
- Patsy Lowe as Daisy
- Matthew Wynn as Raymond Kayle
- Leah Walker as Jasmine Ashers
- Jacqueline Boatswain as Sarah Ashers
- David Lonsdale as Phil Annerly
- Shiraz Haq as Reza Akhtar
Vera continues on Sunday 26th January 2020 at 8.00pm on ITV.