What’s on TV: Sunday, April 21

What’s on TV: Sunday, April 21


ABC, 8.40pm

Sunday nights with Brenda Blethyn are an antidote to the melancholy of the looming working week. Clad in her signature forest green fisherman's cap and khaki mackintosh, cruising the rain-dampened streets of Northumberland in her steel blue Defender like a crime-fighting shark, her DCI Vera Stanhope is a force to be reckoned with as she investigates the latest murder. This week a car crash turns out to be no accident but an act of violence, with an unfolding storyline that gradually implicates a cabal of people who all seem to be nursing a secret. Red herrings abound, but above all it's Blethyn's beautifully considered performance that takes Vera from another tale of unorthodox policing to a true gem.

Brenda Blethyn as Vera Stanhope.

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