Series 12 Episode Four – The Darkest Evening

On the night of a massive storm, trying to get home, DCI Vera Stanhope (Brenda Blethyn) comes across an abandoned car with a baby inside.

With no mobile signal and blocked roads at every turn, Vera is forced to seek refuge somewhere she’d rather not be, Brockburn House, the Stanhope’s ancestral pile. Vera doesn’t exactly receive a warm welcome from her estranged family as there’s a function in full swing and her turning up with a baby isn’t a great look.

Things start to look even worse and take a far sinister turn when a body is found on the track leading to Brockburn House.


  • Aimee Cassettari as Lorna Falstone
  • Brenda Blethyn as DCI Vera Stanhope
  • Ibinabo Jack as DC Jacqueline Williams
  • Jack Deam as Robert Falstone
  • Jon Morrison as DC Kenny Lockhart
  • Joshua J Parker as Joshua Heslop
  • Karen Henthorn as Jill Falstone
  • Kaye Brown as Dorothy Elmsworth
  • Kenny Doughty as DS Aiden Healy
  • Kevin Doyle as Ronnie Browne
  • Mo Sesay as Paul Blackstock
  • Nettie Heslop as Sky Frances
  • Reynah Rita as Joanne Simmons-Wright
  • Riley Jones as DC Mark Edwards
  • Rosalind March as Harriet Stanhope
  • Ross Hutchison as Weatherman
  • Sarah Kameela Impey as Dr Paula Bennett
  • Shelley Williams as Sophie Blackstock
  • Simon Harrison as Marcus Branagh
  • Stephen Walters as Nial Heslop
  • Zoe Telford as Juliet Branagh

Vera wraps up the 12th Series on ITV1 at 8pm