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…

ITV confirms Vera transmission date

I’ve just reeled off five news stories detailing transmission details for pretty much everything that’s happening in the first two weeks of January (it’s a lot), and now there’s another one – this time ITV’s hugely watchable Vera, starring the fabulous Brenda Blethyn. Series eight is on its way…

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.

The 10 Best Crime Dramas This Week (Monday 8th February – Sunday 14th February)

It’s a bit of a big week for crime drama as Sally Wainwright’s award-winning Happy Valley comes back for a much-anticipated second series, once again starring Sarah Lancashire and James Norton. The six-episode run kicks off on Tuesday night. Elsewhere, there’s new Icelandic drama, Trapped on Saturday night, and a radio adaptation of Ian Rankin’s…

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…