The Escape Turn

When wealthy betting shop magnate Alun Wilmott is shot and killed after returning home early amid a terrifying home invasion, it’s assumed that he is the unlucky victim of a burglary gone wrong. The culprits abscond with a huge amount of cash from Alun’s personal safe, leaving his wife and daughter (Louise and Jess Wilmott) traumatised in their wake. Vera (Brenda Blethyn) suspects and inside job and immediately targets the affluent neighbourhood’s shady head of private security, Ciaran Duggan, whose history of violent crime calls his reformed character into question.

As Vera’s team delve deeper into Alun’s life, she discovers a paranoid and possessive man whose family and business interests were being targeted on all sides. Wilmott’s passion project, a greyhound racing stadium where his empire first began, is a drain on company funds in the age of online gambling. Ruthless, cost-cutting business policies made enemies out of disgruntled gamblers and over-worked bookmakers alike. The sharks were circling, calling for Alun to be sacked as CEO. But as Vera soon discovers, the truth behind Alun’s tragic death may be far more insidious and meticulously planned than first appears.


  • Anna Wilson-Jones as Orla Cossdale
  • Brenda Blethyn as Dci Vera Stanhope
  • Caroline O’Neill as Kathy Bennions
  • Charlie De’Ath as Tony Hinshaw
  • Daniel Laurie as Adam Beecher
  • David Partridge as Iain Beecher
  • Ella-Grace Gregoire as Jess Wilmott
  • George Bukhari as Gareth Wyatt
  • Ibinabo Jack as Dc Jacquelin Williams
  • Jessica Baglow as Ronnie Bennions
  • Jon Morrison as Dc Kenny Lockhart
  • Karen Bryson as Louise Wilmott
  • Karl Collins as Ciaran Duggan
  • Katy Carmichael as Gayle Beecher
  • Kenny Doughty as Ds Aiden Healy
  • Liza Sadovy as Wilma Howland
  • Mark Hawkins as Leon Wilson
  • Patrick Robinson as Royce Hobson
  • Paul Kaye as Pathologist Dr. Malcolm Donahue
  • Riley Jones as Dc Mark Edwards
  • Rod Arthur as Jackie Nolan
  • Steve Lorrigan as Alun Wilmott
  • Thomas Dylan as Ryan Derring

Vera concludes on Sunday 2nd February 2020 at 8.00pm on ITV.