Interview: Brenda Blethyn, Vera

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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 investigates the body of a wildlife ranger, found on a remote island off the coast of Northumberland. Her death is at first assumed to be an accident, since she was alone on the island when she died, but marks on the body seem to point to murder. A few weeks ago I went along to ITV’s HQ to chat to Brenda about Vera. But with Brenda it’s never just about one thing – she’s just a hoot and a delight, with an infectious laugh and an endless stream of stories. Have a read after the jump… Continue reading

Interview: Brenda Blethyn, Vera

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Screen Shot 2016-01-28 at 17.11.11You 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 get hold of an interview with Brenda Blethyn, which is after the jump. Continue reading

Interview: Brenda Blethyn, Vera

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Vera is one of the most enduring and watchable crime dramas. A mixture of Ann Cleeves’ writing and Brenda Blethyn’s canny portrayal (as well as some amazing North East scenery) always make it one to watch. Back for its fifth series on Sunday (Sunday 5th April), Brenda reprises her role as the brilliantly perceptive DCI alongside actor Kenny Doughty who¬†joins the show as DS Aiden Healy. Here’s what Brenda had to say about it all… Continue reading