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.
Besides a love for hoops, it would seem that Lucas and Nathan are two young men with little in common – except for the dark secret that they share the same father. Arrogant and assured, Nathan is the star of the high school basketball team and hails from the wealthiest family in town. Quiet, brooding and driven, Lucas is a loner, the only child of a single working mom. He’s always kept his distance from Nathan. But their lives collide when a twist of fate puts Lucas on Nathan’s team. The rumor that’s haunted the boys since childhood now becomes more than just whispers as the half-brothers compete not only for control of the court, but also for the heart of Nathan’s girlfriend. So unfolds a deep and bitter conflict that’s been years in the making; one that will play itself out in their homes, their hearts and at school as they struggle to come to terms with who they really are – and the fact that they may have more in common than they ever imagined