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Vera (TV series)

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1 May 2011



Crime drama

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United Kingdom

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Vera is a British crime drama series based on novels of the same name, written by crime writer Ann Cleeves. It was first broadcast on ITV on 1 May 2011, and to date, six series have aired, with a seventh series currently airing.


The series stars Brenda Blethyn as the principal character, DCI Vera Stanhope. Vera is an employee of the fictional Northumberland & City Police, who is obsessive about her work and driven by her own demons. She plods along in a constantly dishevelled state, but has a calculating mind, and despite her irascible personality, she cares deeply about her work and comrades. Vera forms a close relationship with both of her sergeants, Joe Ashworth (David Leon) and later, Aiden Healy (Kenny Doughty).


Hidden Depths, Telling Tales and The Crow Trap from the first series, and Silent Voices from the second series, are based on the novels of the same names by Ann Cleeves. The episode Sandancers from the second series was due to be broadcast on Sunday, 13 May. However, the episode was pulled from the schedule, with ITV citing: "We regret the late change to the schedule, and the non-appearance of Sunday’s episode of Vera. The storyline of this episode concerns the death of a soldier in Afghanistan. Following the news of the deaths of two servicemen in Helmand province, it was considered appropriate to delay the broadcast of this particular episode." In August 2012, Vera was renewed for a third series of four episodes, with both Brenda Blethyn and David Leon confirmed as returning for the new series. Filming on the third series finished in February 2013. The last three episodes of the series were broadcast in a later timeslot, from 9:00pm–11:00pm.

On 22 April 2013, ITV renewed Vera for a fourth series, before the third series had even been broadcast. Filming on the fourth series completed in October 2013, and included an adaptation of the then-unpublished novel On Harbour Street, which was subsequently published in January 2014, ahead of the TV broadcast. This made the opening episode the first since the second series to be a direct adaptation from the Vera novels and leaves The Glass Room as the only novel yet to be filmed. On 5 June 2014, ITV announced that a fifth series had been commissioned and that David Leon would not be returning to the series. Kenny Doughty was unveiled as his successor. Latisha Knight was announced as executive producer for this season. Cush Jumbo returned to the main cast following her two episode guest stint in series two, while Lisa Hammond joined the cast as newcomer Helen Milton. In March 2015, ITV announced that the show had been renewed for a sixth series, with filming commencing in June. The third episode was announced to be an adaptation of the novel The Moth Catcher, which was set to be published in September 2015. Noof McEwan joins the cast following the departure of Cush Jumbo.

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  • Brenda Blethyn as DCI Vera Stanhope (series 1–present)
  • David Leon as DS Joe Ashworth (series 1–4)
  • Kenny Doughty as DS Aiden Healy (series 5–present)
  • Jon Morrison as DC Kenny Lockhart (series 1–present)
  • Wunmi Mosaku as DC Holly Lawson (series 1–2)
  • Cush Jumbo as DC Bethany Whelan (series 2, series 5–6)
  • Clare Calbraith as Capt./DC Rebecca Shepherd (guest series 2, series 3–4)
  • Riley Jones as PC/DC Mark Edwards (series 1–present)
  • Lisa Hammond as DC Helen Milton (series 5–present)
  • Noof McEwan as DC Hicham Cherradi (series 6–present)
  • Paul Ritter as Dr. Billy Cartwright (series 1–3)
  • Kingsley Ben-Adir as Dr. Marcus Sumner (series 4–6)
  • Christopher Colquhoun as Dr. Anthony Carmichael (series 7–present)
  • Ratings

    The first series attracted an average consolidated audience of 6.60 million (25% share) over four episodes. The show was subsequently recommissioned by ITV for four more episodes. The second series attracted an average consolidated audience of 6.36 million over four episodes. Vera was later recommissioned for two more series. The third series attracted an average consolidated audience of 6.52 million over four episodes, whilst the fourth series attracted a slightly smaller audience of 6.42 million over four episodes.

    International broadcast

  • In Australia, the first series was broadcast on the Seven Network. Series 2 was shown on 7Two from Wednesday, 18 July, 2012 at 8:30pm. Series 3 commenced on ABC1 on Sunday, 23 August, 2015 at 8:30pm and was immediately followed by series 4. ABC reverted to series 1 episode 1 on Sunday, 27 December, 2015 at 8:30pm. ABC commenced screening series 5 on Sunday 28 August at 8:30pm, and series 6 on Sunday 5 March 2017, again at 8:30pm.
  • On subscription TV provider Foxtel, series 1–5 is aired every weekend at 8:30pm and series 6 began airing on Monday, 7 March, 2016 and aired every Monday at 8:30pm on 13th Street Channel 118, with episode 4 airing on 28 March, 2016.

  • In Belgium, Dutch-speaking channel Canvas started airing the series.
  • In Canada, Knowledge Network (British Columbia) aired series 1 beginning in December, 2014.
  • In Denmark, the national public service broadcaster DR aired the four first episodes on their popular channel DR1 late Sunday evenings. In 2013, series 2 was broadcast on DR1 on Saturday evenings, rather than Sunday evenings. Likewise, series 3 and 4 were broadcast on Saturday evenings, in autumn 2014, on DR1.
  • In the United States, the series is broadcast on public television stations. Series One was also available in the U.S. for online streaming via the Netflix service. Series 1, 2 and 3 are available for online streaming via Amazon Video, Acorn TV (series 1–5) and Hulu.
  • In Finland the national broadcasting company Yle started airing all episodes starting on 21 December, 2012 on Friday nights at 7pm.
  • In The Netherlands the series is shown by KRO–NCRV on NPO 1.
  • In New Zealand the series is shown on TV One.
  • In Croatia the series is shown on HRT2.
  • In Germany the series is shown on ZDFneo.
  • In Poland the series is shown on Ale Kino+.
  • In Portugal the first series was shown on public broadcaster RTP2. It was repeated and subsequent series shown on Fox Crime from 2013.
  • In Norway the series is shown on public service broadcaster NRK.
  • In France the series is shown on France 3, starting from Sunday, 11 January, 2015.
  • In Slovenia the series is shown on RTVSLO.
  • In Sweden the first series started on 3 July, 2015 on SVT.
  • In Italy the series was shown on Giallo from 10 October, 2016.
  • In Africa the series is shown on DSTV ITV Choice. Series 6 was to be broadcast 24 hours after first showing in the UK.
  • References

    Vera (TV series) Wikipedia

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