As played by two-time Oscar nominee Brenda Blethyn (Pride & Prejudice, Atonement), Detective Chief Inspector Vera Stanhope is "nothing less than a TV institution" (Mail on Sunday, UK). In this collection of Sets 1-5, the caustic but brilliant detective solves horrendous crimes in the remote corners of rural Northumberland. Aided by right-hand man DS Joe Ashworth (David Leon, RocknRolla) and later by troubled DS Aiden Healy (Kenny Doughty, Stella), Vera contends with the untamed evil that lurks below the surface and exposes the demons that plague even those who dedicate their lives to good. Based on the bestselling novels of Ann Cleeves, this atmospheric drama delivers compelling characters, superb performances, and suspenseful mysteries. Guest stars include Phyllis Logan (Downton Abbey), Julie Graham (The Bletchley Circle), Rose Leslie (Game of Thrones), John Lynch (The Fall), Gina McKee (Notting Hill), Liam Cunningham (Game of Thrones), and Judy Parfitt (Call the Midwife).