Vera episode four: North East locations we can spot in the series 10 finale

This weekend will see the fourth and final episode in the latest series of Vera screened to fans of the North East-based crime drama.

Sunday, 2nd February 2020, 7:03 pm
The cast of the ITV show on location in the region.

The latest murder mystery, to be screened on Sunday, February 2, from 8pm to 10pm, The Escape Turn is written by Paul Matthew Thompson and directed by Carolina Giammetta.

After a night at the dog track, wealthy betting shop magnate Alun Wilmott is shot and killed after returning home early amid a terrifying home invasion.

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It’s assumed that he is the unlucky victim of a burglary gone wrong as inquiries begin.

The culprits abscond with a huge amount of cash from Alun’s personal safe, leaving his wife and daughter traumatised in their wake.

The lead detective suspects an inside job and immediately targets the affluent neighbourhood’s shady head of private security, Ciaran Duggan, whose history of violent crime calls his reformed character into question.

As the crime cracking team delve deeper into Alun’s life, Det Ch Insp Stanhope discovers a paranoid and possessive man whose family and business interests were being targeted on all sides.

Wilmott’s passion project, the greyhound racing stadium where his empire first began, is a drain on company funds in the age of online gambling.

Ruthless, cost-cutting business policies made enemies out of disgruntled gamblers and over-worked bookmakers alike.

The sharks were circling, calling for Alun to be sacked as CEO. But as Vera soon discovers, the truth behind Alun’s tragic death may be far more insidious and meticulously planned than first appears.

Sunderland Greyhound Stadium plays a starring role, while Marsden Grotto in South Shields, North Tyneside Hospital, a woodland near Morpeth and St Paul’s Church in Whitley Bay will be among the locations viewers will be able to see as the story unfolds.

The programme’s makers, Silverprint Pictures, say in addition to a guest cast who appear alongside the core actors, various stunt performers lent their skills to make the episode.