ITV reveal second series details for crime drama Vera

New episodes of ITV’s crime thriller Vera starring Brenda Blethyn OBE have gone into production in the North East.

Today ITV revealed whats to come in the second series including the first episode The Ghost Position, which is the first of four self contained films. in the opening to series two fans of the show will find DCI Vera Stanhope being reunited, under tragic circumstances, with her first ever Sergeant, Stuart Macken. When his house is petrol bombed, Stuart is left badly burned and his 18 year old daughter, Stella, is fighting for her life in intensive care. Vera is shocked to see that Stuart is a shadow of the man she knew twenty years before.

Vera, battling through grief for her former colleague and friend, is determined to track down the assailant and discover why someone would attempt to kill Stuart and Stella.

With Stella in a coma, Vera and her trusted sidekick, DC Joe Ashworth, pick their way through her former Sergeant’s recent history, including the breakdown of his marriage to Marianne, now happily in a relationship with Brian Gower, and his clandestine encounters with married colleague, Assistant Chief Constable Rachel Waite. Soon the team are hot on the trail of a suspect, but a dramatic discovery turns the case on its head, revealing the secret at the heart of these catastrophic events.

Guests actors for this series include The Bill actor Steven Hartley as Stuart as well as Julie Graham, Ron Cook, Nina Sosanya. The Ghost Position is an original script by Paul Rutman who adapted Hidden Depths and Telling Tales from the novels by Ann Cleeves for the first series.