Luke Sumner’s body is discovered close to his flat in Newcastle, but pathology concludes that the killing blow could have occurred several hours before he succumbed to his injuries, prompting Vera (Brenda Blethyn) to piece together Luke’s final hours in order to investigate his murder. But Luke’s life is perplexingly spartan; working a punishing number of shifts for commercial cleaning company, ECS, and severing all ties to the quaint rural village where he grew up – including his mother Carmel. Carmel and Luke have barely spoken in the last eight years, both of them still haunted by the murder of Luke’s have-a-go-hero father Seth by a petty burglar.

When Vera finds out Luke left work in a rage, mid-shift she turns her attention to Luke’s amiable employers, Sonia and Clive Brock. But behind their helpful veneer, Vera uncovers disturbing claims of workplace intimidation and harassment. As the team build a portrait of Luke’s world, they reveal a pattern of violence and self-loathing recurring throughout his life. Vera finds herself having to unpack Luke’s tragic past to discover the truth about his recent emotional turmoil and in so doing, catch his killer.


  • Adam Turns as Luke Summer
  • Brenda Blethyn as Dci Vera Stanhope
  • David Lonsdale as Phil Annerly
  • Dempsey Bovell as Jojo Walters
  • Emily Stott as Georgia Hay
  • Ibinabo Jack as Dc Jacquelin Williams
  • Jacqueline Boatswain as Sarah Ashers
  • Jon Morrison as Dc Kenny Lockhart
  • Kenny Doughty as Ds Aiden Healy
  • Kevin Harvey as Clive Brock
  • Leah Walker as Jasmine Ashers
  • Lorraine Bruce as Carmel Sumner
  • Maria Jaci as Nadya Dinev
  • Matthew Wynn as Raymond Kayle
  • Michael Begley as Jason Hay
  • Patsy Lowe as Daisy
  • Paul Kaye as Pathologist Dr. Malcolm Donahue
  • Riley Jones as Dc Mark Edwards
  • Shiraz Haq as Reza Akhtar
  • Vicky Hall as Sonia Brock
  • Viktoria Kay as Christine

Vera continues on Sunday 26th January 2020 at 8.00pm on ITV.