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Tuesday's Child 

Vera investigates the death of a local lad whose body is found wrapped in plastic sheets at a rural teenage hang out.

Director:

Jill Robertson

Writers:

Ann Cleeves (characters), Glen Laker
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Brenda Blethyn ... DCI Vera Stanhope
Kenny Doughty ... DS Aiden Healy
Jon Morrison Jon Morrison ... DC Kenny Lockhart
Kingsley Ben-Adir ... Dr. Marcus Summer
Riley Jones Riley Jones ... DC Mark Edwards
Joe Dixon ... George Haleford
Liam Ainsworth Liam Ainsworth ... Rich
Brian Fletcher Brian Fletcher ... Matt
Rakie Ayola ... Amber Haleford
Dean Bone Dean Bone ... Fairground Worker
Finn Atkins Finn Atkins ... Jodie
Ben-Ryan Davies Ben-Ryan Davies ... Harris
Sean Gilder ... Bobby
Julia Ford ... Morven
Jo Hartley ... Grace

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Storyline

The corpse of young Jamie Thorne is found wrapped in bin bags in a cave. Vera establishes that he had recently worked for funfair owners Morven and Bobby Pevensey, He had such a poor relationship with his stepfather, Philip Marsh, that he had been living on the streets until he was taken in by vicar George Haleford and his family. Jamie had rung his mother, Grace, before he died to ask for help but she had ignored him. Vera finds a link between Jamie and the Halefords' delinquent son Brendan, who also argued with his father and whose crucifix was found near the body. In addition to solving Jamie's murder, Vera has the added task of attending the funeral for her colleague, Bethany, killed in the line of duty. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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Nisa Cole (Mia Haleford), Jason Done (Philip) & Ben-Ryan Davies (Harris) also worked together on Waterloo Road (2006) as Amy Porter, Tom Clarkson & Ronan Burley respectively. See more »

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Too Wordy and not Enough Action
28 February 2016 | by l_rawjalaurenceSee all my reviews

After the series opener that came across as unusually direct in tone, "Tuesday's Child" was something of a disappointment.

Set against the backdrop of a traveling fairground, this episode had our trust DCI (Brenda Blethyn) investigating the death of a young boy found battered to death in a lonely spot colloquially named "Lovers' Lane." Her investigations uncover a complicated plot involving another dead young man, a suspect vicar (Joe Dixon) and his errant daughter (Nisa Cole), a cowardly young man (Ben-Ryan Davies), and an over-aggressive fairground owner (Sean Gilder).

The case itself - written by Glen Laker - involved the usual crop of red herrings and possible suspects, and kept audiences guessing until the end as to the real murderer's identity. Yet Vera did not actually do much investigating; it was left to the suspects to confess their guilt in a series of interrogation sequences right at the end, as they could not endure Vera's persistent questioning. This was not especially dramatic in tone: many of the details were communicated through dialogue, which rendered the plot difficult to follow.

Nor did we learn much more about Vera's character, apart from the fact that, like many police officers before her, she frequently took solace in whiskey while sat alone in her office. The maverick never really gets the chance to socialize with their fellow-officers; they might be outstanding at their jobs, but they are perpetually condemned to life on the outside.

"Tuesday's Child" was watchable, but not especially interesting.


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Release Date:

7 February 2016 (UK) See more »

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