Episode 4: As The Crow Flies
Lizzy Swann, a primary school teacher, is found dead at the bottom of a cliff-side coastal walkway. What appears at first to be a terrible accident, quickly becomes a murder investigation as Vera discovers evidence the body has been tampered with. The Swann family are horrified by the news; it is the latest in a string of tragedies to befall them; Lizzy’s husband Phil was pensioned out of the army following an injury, his brother died in a car accident and the family’s farm is falling into ruin. Vera’s interviews paint a troubling picture of a guarded and paranoid woman who in the days leading up to her death seemed to be burning bridges with friends and family alike.
When Vera discovers Lizzy was recently suspended from work for recklessly accusing a father of physically abusing his son – and her family were kept in the dark – she begins to wonder what other secrets lie at the heart of this case. A perpetual feud with her bereaved and envious sister-in-law, Rose; clashes with her youngest daughter’s willful boyfriend, Greg, and a public confrontation with Phil’s close-friend and tenant, ‘Macca’ McCarthy, leave no shortage of suspects, but Vera begins to suspect the truth behind Lizzy’s murder may be far more insidious.
- Ann Mitchell as Moira Swann
- Ayesha Dharker as Anika Naidu
- Brenda Blethyn as DCI Vera Stanhope
- Chloe Harris as Fern Swann
- Craig Parkinson as Phil Swann
- Grace Hogg-Robinson as Zara Swann
- Ibinabo Jack as DC Jacquelin Williams
- Jack James Ryan as Greg Stein
- Jake Fairbrother as Macca
- Jaye Griffiths as Marti Kapp
- Jessica Johnson as Lizzy Swann
- Jon Morrison as DC Kenny Lockhart
- Katie Lyons as Tina Callow
- Kenny Doughty as DS Aiden Healy
- Nabil Elouahabi as Mo Hassan
- Nick Figgis as Damien Graynor
- Paul Kaye as Dr. Malcolm Donahue
- Riley Jones as DC Mark Edwards
- Simone Lahbib as Rose Swann
- Su Elliott as Bron Martin
Vera concludes on ITV tonight at 8.00pm.