Vera begins filming fifth season, adds new cast member

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tv_vera_brenda_blethyn_01Based on the novels by Ann Cleeves, Vera has developed into a sure-fire hit series, with solid storylines and even more solid performances, especially from Branda Blethyn. ITV announced this morning that series five had begun filming in the northeast, which is good news for lovers of the Sunday-night drama.

ITV says that filming has begun in the North East of England for series five of the series, and that (crucially) Brenda Blethyn will reprise her role as DCI Vera Stanhope alongside actor Kenny Doughty, who will join the show as DS Aiden Healy.

And that’s really the big news – DS Aiden Healy will replace DS Joe Ashworth (David Leon) and that channel says that it’s not long before he is on the receiving end of DCI Stanhope’s caustic wit.

Other details? Series five will feature four new episodes. Episode one is written by Martha Hillier and follows Vera and Aiden as they investigate a mysterious death at a caravan park. 

Prior to filming Blethyn said: “I am so happy to be embarking on series five of Vera and whilst I’ll miss David Leon (Joe Ashworth finally got his long awaited promotion – Celine was delighted!), I’m very glad to be reunited with Jon Morrison, Riley Jones, Cush Jumbo and our new member of the team Kenny Doughty. Northumberland here we come!’

Meanwhile, new cast member Kenny Doughty said: “I’m really thrilled to be joining Vera. It’s such a fantastic show and I’m especially excited to be working alongside the lovely and brilliant Brenda Blethyn.”

To read our interview with Ann Cleeves, go here.

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