Vera (2011– )
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The Sea Glass 

Vera investigates the mysterious death of a fisherman found tangled in the nets of a North Sea trawler.


Paul Gay


Ann Cleeves (characters), Rob Gittins (story) | 2 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Brenda Blethyn ... DCI Vera Stanhope
Kenny Doughty ... DS Aiden Healy
Jon Morrison Jon Morrison ... DC Kenny Lockhart
Noof McEwan ... DC Hicham Cherradi
Kingsley Ben-Adir ... Dr. Marcus Summer
Riley Jones Riley Jones ... DC Mark Edwards
Ciaran Griffiths ... Steve Stonnall
Caroline Loncq ... Anna Marshbrook
Oliver Wellington ... Jack Marshbrook
Mark Stobbart ... Jay Connock
Claire Rafferty Claire Rafferty ... Ellie Connock
Philip Hill-Pearson ... Lee Stonnall
Alex Ferns ... Michael Quinn
David Calder ... Frank McAffee
Yusra Warsama ... Zahra Suleiman


Former trawler-man Tommy Stonnall's corpse is pulled from the sea six weeks after his sons reported him missing. He was depressed following his wife's death, huge debts and an accusation - never proved - by unpopular siblings Ellie and Jay Connock that he burned down their fish market, killing their father. Vera however discounts suicide when she finds an abandoned van stained by Tommy's blood, leading her to a lodgings house where he stayed for the missing weeks and where she finds contraband cigarettes. She also uncovers a more sinister smuggling racket in which Tommy was involved, along with a secret liaison and an explanation for the arson attack, not to mention an argument gone wrong, all of which help her to discover who killed Tommy. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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21 February 2016 (UK) See more »

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The scenes with the finding of the Stonnel van with links to Quinn, the fire on the boat, and some of the "beach hut" scenes, all in an area referred to as Blythe Point, were all filmed at the mouth of the River Tees. The final scenes where the murderer confesses were also filmed here. See more »

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3 July 2016 | by shipshaperSee all my reviews

This review is simply to applaud the wonderful cinematography of this particular episode (Sea of Glass). I do hope this is being recognised and applauded by all those better fitted to comment than I am. The composition - absolutely perfect, appropriate, and executed with unerring precision. The very best is made of each shot, the perfect elements selected and beautifully captured. In my viewing experience such an aesthetic not often seen in TV shows - if ever - here the lens has captured artistic perfection - but I suppose, kudos to the cinematic editor too. Very encouraging to me that the arrangement of composition (within the overall storyline) and perfection of artistic execution, so coincides with what I myself would have striven to achieve, despite the sea of unquestioning visual ordinariness and gimmickry into in which most such TV series have become immersed. This is the kind of thing I live for, a spark of unextinguished brightness shining on in the encroaching gloom of acceptable averageness. Thank heavens I happened to catch this broadcast, eh?

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