Episode name:
The Way The Wind Blows
Transmission (TX):
TX confirmed:
8:00pm ~ 10:00pm

Week 04 2023 : Sat 21 Jan - Fri 27 Jan

Wed 11 Jan 2023

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The Way the Wind Blows

When the body of Lisa Millworth is found washed up on the shore of the River Tyne, DCI Vera Stanhope (Brenda Blethyn) questions who would want a beloved mother, loyal friend and popular manager at a green energy company dead.  With few clues to launch her inquiry, Vera soon learns that Lisa has been in the middle of a storm both professionally and personally.

As Vera and the team piece together Lisa’s final movements, Vera must delve deep into her checkered past as well as deal with more recent and potentially deadly problems that Lisa has been up against. Unresolved wounds,  grievances, betrayal, misplaced loyalty and corporate cover ups all bubble to the surface which means Vera has to work harder than ever to zero in on the killer.

Series overview

Award winning actress, Brenda Blethyn dons her iconic mac and hat to play the unorthodox but brilliantly perceptive Detective Chief Inspector Vera Stanhope, in six new feature length episodes set against the backdrop of the North East.

DCI Vera Stanhope (Brenda Blethyn) returns, leading her diligent team of detectives as they investigate some complex and murderous crimes. Kenny Doughty also returns as Detective Sergeant Aiden Healy, a strong and reliable partner to DCI Stanhope. Completing Vera’s team is Jon Morrison who plays DC Kenny Lockhart, Riley Jones who plays DC Mark Edwards and Ibinabo Jack as DC Jacqueline Williams. Paul Kaye returns to three of the new episodes as Pathologist Dr. Malcolm Donahue whilst Sarah Kameela Impey joins the production from the episode entitled For the Grace of God as Pathologist Dr. Paula Bennett.

The six self-contained crime stories (two episode from series eleven and four episodes from series twelve) have once again been inspired by the best-selling novels and characters created by acclaimed crime writer Ann Cleeves, who received the Diamond Dagger Award at the Crime Writer’s Association in 2017 for a lifetime achievement for sustained excellence.


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