Episode 1 Hidden Depths : The detectives investigate two murders in which the victims have been placed in water and surrounded by flowers. Vera and sidekick Joe believe the culprit may be linked to a group of bird-watching friends, but despite their increasingly tangled and dysfunctional relationships, the twitchers seem determined to protect one another.
Episode 2 Telling Tales : Following the suicide of Jeanie Long, the woman convicted of the murder of teenager Abigail Mantel 11 years earlier, new evidence comes to light exonerating her. DCI Vera Stanhope reinvestigates the case, but to find out who really killed Abigail, the detective must uncover the secrets of a close-knit community that is still coming to terms with the incident.
Episode 3 The Crow Trap : A murder at a remote cottage in Northumberland takes DCI Vera Stanhope back to a place full of childhood memories and reminds her of an unsolved case from earlier in her career. Delving into the local politics surrounding a controversial proposal to dig a quarry, she and her team find motives in the unlikeliest of places – until they realise that the truth could be hidden within the land itself.
Episode 4 Little Lazarus : A woman is murdered in a hedgerow but her son survives the attack, only to fall beneath the ice of a frozen pond as he makes his escape. DCI Vera Stanhope wades in and drags him out, and against all the odds he pulls through. As the investigation into the mother’s killing unfolds, Vera finds a kindred spirit in the boy and comes to realise the key to solving the case lies deep in his memory.
Detective drama, starring Brenda Blethyn, David Leon, Wunmi Mosaku, Paul Ritter, Neil Armstrong, Gina McKee, Hugo Speer, Daniela Nardini, John Lynch, Kerry Fox and Sam Jarvis.
It’s seems my favourite story (Little Lazarus) of this series is not based on Ann Cleeves’s novels. Since she wrote only six with DCI Vera Stanhope, a fourth was adapted in the second series (Silent Voices) and a fifth in next year’s series (Harbour Street), all the other episodes are original screenplays written by different writers (Paul Rutman wrote 8 episodes, 3 being adaptations).