ITV renews Vera for a 10th series

Hot on the heels of the news that Endeavour has been renewed for a seventh series, we’re hearing that another ITV stalwart has been given an extension. Following the success of series nine, ITV has confirmed that award-winning actress Brenda Blethyn will return as DCI Vera Stanhope for a 10th series of Vera. Four, feature-length…

REVIEW: Vera (S9 E4/4)

If there’s one complaint we’ve always had about Vera, it’s that we never find out much about the woman herself. Perhaps in The Seagull, the last of the current series, something of  her past will finally be revealed. Based on the latest of Ann Cleeves’s Vera Stanhope novels, The Seagull opens with a panicky young…

REVIEW: Vera (S9 E3/4)

After what must be the most shambolic boat party ever, beauty empire founder Dani Varsey is found floating in the quay. The unkempt Vera, unsurprisingly, isn’t familiar with Varsey’s… Dani seems to have been strangled before going into the drink, as unsympathetic Donahue (Paul Kaye) points out. And when Vera visits Dani’s flat, it’s been…

REVIEW: Vera (S9 E2/4)

While Vera often tackles gritty subjects, it’s rarely topical; but the themes of this episode, Cuckoo, are torn straight from today’s headlines. How will DCI Vera Stanhope deal with the realities of gang warfare in the run-down county towns of the north?  The camera drone gets plenty of use in this episode, as sweeping overhead…

REVIEW: Vera (S9 E1/4)

Ambitious Prison Service forensic psychologist Joanne Caswell is found dead, her body dumped in landfill miles from home. She bought a phone just before her death, but who had a motive to kill her? This ninth series of Vera  soon gets back into the usual rhythm. Dour DCI Vera Stanhope (Brenda Blethyn) hides a sharp…

ITV confirms Vera transmission date

You can’t beat a bit of Vera, the show that stars the brilliant Brenda Blethyn and based on award-winning crime writer Ann Cleeves’ series of novels. We’re onto series nine this year, which is a remarkable achievement in itself, with four new, feature-length episodes about to come at us. In the first new episode, entitled…

Vera begins filming series nine; plotlines revealed

Quietly and assuredly, Vera has become one of the most watched crime dramas in the UK. Adapted from multi-award-winning author Ann Cleeves’ best-selling novels, Brenda Blethyn has become one of the staples of British television because of it. Now we hear that series nine is go, and, what’s more, some plotlines have been revealed. (So…

Interview: Brenda Blethyn, Vera

Series seven of Vera starts tonight (Sunday 19th March) on ITV in the UK, and, as ever, it showcases the talents of one of Britain’s finest actors – Brenda Blethyn. Adapted from crime writing legend Ann Cleeves’ Vera Stanhope novels, the series has become a bit of a Sunday-night institution. Series seven starts when Vera…

ITV announces transmission date for series seven of Vera

ITV’s adaptations of Ann Cleeves’s best-selling Vera Stanhope novels have attained national treasure status, largely thanks to the brilliant Brenda Blethyn in the lead role. Now the series is back for a seventh run, and Vera and her team are drawn into four new mysteries, including the death of a wildlife ranger left alone overnight on a…

Review: Vera (S6 E4/4), Sunday 21st February, ITV

It’s a tough life being a fisherman, but you’d think it would be tougher being a fish; not so when you end up dead in your own nets. Trawlerman Tommy Stonnall had been missing for weeks, says harbourmaster Frank (David Calder), but death took place only 24 hours ago.  You can practically smell the fish as the…

Review: Vera (S6 E3/4), Sunday 14th February, ITV

After last week’s less than stellar effort, which barely came to grips with its plot, let alone the implications of the death of Bethany, this episode opens with two indignities, when a terrified woman is chased through a dark forest by unseen assailants, and is then found dead by an ancient woodsman stopping to have…