The second part of Vera Season 11 aired last week as fans eagerly await the return of Detective Vera Stanhope (played by Brenda Blythin) to the screens after a five-month break. Episode two aired Sunday night in which Vera and sidekick Aiden Healy (Kenny Doughty) investigate the murder of elementary school teacher Lizzie Swan (Jessica Johnson). However, fans were distracted by the number of cameo appearances by the stars of other TV shows.
Lizzie’s husband Phil Swan was played by Craig Parkinson, best known for his roles on Duty as Matthew ‘Dot’ Cotton, and Sean in E4’s Misfits.
Vera the newcomer also played Jodie Whitaker’s Doctor Who nemesis Grand Serpent in the most recent series.
Phil’s mother, Moira Swan, was played by Ann Mitchell, who was known to have appeared in The Bill and Casualty as well as Cora Cross in Eastenders for 17 years.
Lizzie’s sister-in-law Rose was played by Simone Lahbib, who has landed some big TV roles over the years, including Katie Lewis in EastEnders and Helen Stewart in Bad Girls.
Audiences quickly caught on to well-known actors and were quickly outraged at the number of famous faces they recognized.
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In Sunday’s episode, Lizzie was found dead at the bottom of a cliffside coastal walkway, and her death was initially thought to be a horrific accident.
However, the detective soon realized that foul play was afoot when he learned that the body had been tampered with.
The detective soon learned that the troubled woman had been cut off from her friends and family in the weeks before her death.
It is later revealed that it was Lizzie’s own daughter, Fern Swan (Chloe Harris), who was about to kill her mother.
She admits to Vera that she had an argument with her uncle Ryan (Greg Stein), and as she went to catch her mother from walking away, she slipped on the steps.
Vera returned for a new series in late August last year, but ITV only aired two episodes while filming continued on the rest of the series as the coronavirus pandemic significantly disrupted production.
Despite fans waiting five months for the series’ return, they are in for a shock next week when the next installment is aired by ITV to mark the return of Good Karma Hospital.
Vera returns to ITV on Sunday, January 30 at 8 p.m.