Natural Selection: Based on the bestselling Inspector Stanhope books by award-winning writer Ann Cleeves, Vera and herteam are drawn
into four more compelling mysteries, including the death of a wildlife ranger, left alone overnight on a remote and inaccessible island. Set around Newcastle and the stunning Northumberland countryside, Vera features complex and intriguing cases, atmospherically-shot landscapes and captivating performances, led by BAFTA, RTS and Golden Globe award-winning actress Brenda Blethyn who plays the unorthodox but brilliant DCI Vera Stanhope.
Brenda is reunited with co-stars Kenny Doughty, Jon Morrison, Noof McEwan, Lisa Hammond and Riley Jones. Other actors joining them across the four new stand‐alone films include Christopher Colquhoun (Coronation Street, Casualty), Suzanne Packer (Stella, The Level, Casualty), Robert Pugh (Mr Selfridge, Dr Foster), Ace Bhab (DCI Banks, Shetland, In The Club), Struan Rodger (Gone, Unforgiven, Prey), Annie Hulley (Doctors, Sirens, Emmerdale), Emily Joyce (My Almost Famous Family, Mutual Friends) and Steve Evets (One of Us, Looking for Eric).
In the first episode DCI Vera Stanhope (Brenda Blethyn) is drawn into a suspicious death on Ternstone, a remote and inaccessible island off the coast of Northumberland, home only to numerous species of birds and the rangers who observe them. The last thing they expected to see was a body, cruelly washed up on the shore. Gemma Wyatt, 28, was an experienced ranger who lived and worked on Ternstone for the Northumbria Wildlife Trust.
While her devastated fiancé, Ryan (Matthew Wilson), and colleagues, led by Head Ranger Sophia (Suzanne Packer), believe Gemma’s death was an accident, marks found on her body quickly prove otherwise; Gemma was strangled. But as Gemma was left alone on the island overnight, the question remains, who could have made the treacherous journey out to sea and up the island’s impenetrable coastline to kill her, and why? As suspicions turn to Gemma’s family and workmates, Vera starts to piece together an altogether different portrait of the popular and successful ranger, aided by DS Aiden Healy (Kenny Doughty), DC Hicham Cherradi (Noof McEwan), DC Kenny Lockhart (Jon Morrison) and the latest addition to the team, pathologist Dr Anthony Carmichael (Christopher Colquhoun). In the process, she will unearth a web of secrets, rivalries and years of buried resentment that will lead her to the killer.
Airdate: Sunday 3 March 2019 from 8.40pm-10.10pm
Season 7, Episode 1