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…

Review: Vera (S6 E2/4), Sunday 7th February, ITV

After last week’s shock events ending with the death of Bethany, it’s hard to imagine what worse horrors might befall Vera in this episode. There’s fallout from the death – the inquest is still in progress – but Vera does seem to have drawn a line under the events.

Review: Vera (S6 E1/4), Sunday 31st January, ITV

Vera, TV’s tattiest detective (post-Columbo) returned for a sixth outing last night, her grimy old raincoat bustling like sails in the brisk, forlorn Northumbrian winds, and still chiding her young colleagues with that unsettling voice that sounds by turns like black treacle slipping off a spoon to the shrillness of iron nails scraping down a…

Interview: Brenda Blethyn, Vera

You know what you’re getting with Vera – solid, tightly-plotted crime drama with an outstanding central performance from Brenda Blethyn and stories that are informed as much by the northeast landscape than they are from the characters. Series six of the adaptation of Ann Cleeves’ novels is upon us this weekend, and we managed to…

ITV confirms Vera transmission date

Ann Cleeves is a busy woman at the moment. Or at least her characters are. We’ve got Jimmy Perez ploughing his windswept furrow in Shetland over on BBC1 at the moment, and now we’ve received news from ITV that her other fabulous, adapted creation, Vera, is also on her way back in a few weeks’…

Review: Vera (S5 E4/4), Sunday 26th April, ITV

When much-loved family man and all-round pillar of the community Owen Thorne does a header off a multi-storey car park after picking up his foster daughter Lila from her school prom, no one can throw light on who could have such a beef with him. Even more puzzling, he has bruising consistent with a previous…

Review: Vera (S5 E2/4), Sunday April 12, ITV

If there is one thing we have learned over four series, it is that Detective Chief Inspector Vera Stanhope (the sublime Brenda Blethyn) doesn’t really ‘do’ change – and she’s seeing a fair bit of that, even thus far into the fifth. She has a notoriously short temper, and it does take new personnel a…