Vera (2011– )
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The Deer Hunters 

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | Episode aired 11 May 2014
Vera delves into the tragic last months of a failed novelist after he is gunned down on a remote Northumberland moor.


William Sinclair (as Will Sinclair)


Ann Cleeves (characters), Steve Coombes




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Brenda Blethyn ... DCI Vera Stanhope
David Leon ... DS Joe Ashworth
Jon Morrison Jon Morrison ... DC Kenny Lockhart
Clare Calbraith ... Shep
Kingsley Ben-Adir ... Dr. Marcus Summer
William Ash ... Linus Campion
Kellie Bright ... Vanessa Barnes
Richard Dillane ... Will Peyton
Lisa Kay ... Clara Peyton
Clive Russell ... Allen Barnes
Caolan Byrne ... Eric Hurst
Anna Francolini ... Bella Colley
Charlotte Hope ... Saskia Barnes
Robert Morgan Robert Morgan ... Donald Colley
Aiden Nord Aiden Nord ... Louis Barnes


Shane Thurgood, recently returned from Newcastle to his native village, is found dead of a single gunshot wound, a mile away from a burnt out van belonging to local poacher Linus Campion. Campion points the finger at gamekeeper Allen Barnes, father of his ex-wife Vanessa and of Clara Peyton, who is married to wealthy estate owner Will. Shane had come home to sell his late grandfather's farm to the Peytons but pulled out at the last minute, as he had fallen back in love with the countryside where he grew up and where Allen taught him to shoot. Shane had also written a successful novel, based on his relationship with the Barnes sisters when they were young and Vera looks to it for clues as to a murder motive, especially after Vanessa had visited him the day before his death to warn him to stop stalking Clara. However the death proves to be anything but calculated and concerned less with romance than with a long-standing rural tradition. Written by don @ minifie-1

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William Ash (Linus Campion) & Kellie Bright (Vanessa Barnes) also worked together on Great Night Out: Episode #1.6 (2013) as Beggsy & Shona respectively. See more »


Vera said "shotgun" wound. Other characters agreed and then dialog segued to talk about a rifle, no one in the early scene would confuse the two. See more »

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a murder, a novel, a van, and a poacher
18 May 2015 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

Shane Thurgood, back home from Newcastle, is shot and killed. A mile away, the van of a poacher named Linus Campion has been burned. Campion blames Allen Barnes, a gameskeeper who is his former father-in-law. Barnes' other daughter Clara Peyton is married to an estate owner.

Shane is back to sell his grandfather's farm, and originally sold it to the Peytons, who backed out of the deal.

Part of figuring out why Shane was killed is to find the roman a clef he wrote about his relationship with both of the sisters. Vera is hoping there are clues there. His ex-wife had visited him shortly before his death and warned him to stop "stalking" her sister.

It turns out that the death is more about something else.

Love Vera and Joe, but I had a hard time getting into this one for some reason. I also found it a tad confusing - whether it was or wasn't, I don't know. It could be my attention drifted. The episode that followed this one, Protected, is way superior.

Still, I am so glad the series is back and sad to learn that David Leon will not be back next year. It won't be the same without him.

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