The indomitable DCI Vera Stanhope returns to face a number of daunting cases. Aided by troubled new recruit DS Aiden Healy (Kenny Doughty), they investigate a deadly blaze at a coastal caravan park, unearth a thirty-year-old mystery in an old mining community, delve into the tragic last months of a young man found floating in a farm slurry pit and uncover a life of secrets and lies when a well-loved family man plummets to his death from a multi-storey car park. Each enthralling episode is set against the breathtaking Northumberland countryside and is enhanced by the captivating performance of Brenda Blethyn as this shambolic yet brilliant detective. Inspired by the best selling novels, Vera, created by renowned crime writer Ann Cleeves. The fifth series sees the return of Jon Morrison as D.C Kenny Lockhart, Cush Jumbo as D.C. Bethany Whelan, Kingsley Ben-Adir as pathologist Marcus Summer, Riley Jones as D.C. Mark Edwards and welcomes Lisa Hammond as Intelligence Officer, Helen Milton, the newest recruit to Vera's team.