Filming is now underway on the first of four new feature length episodes of ITV’s hit crime drama, Vera, with Brenda Blethyn once again donning her infamous mac and hat to play the unorthodox but brilliantly perceptive Detective Chief Inspector Vera Stanhope.
With filming underway for the first episode, entitled Blind Spot written by Paul Logue,
Blethyn is joined in the first episode by an ensemble cast which includes former Doctor Who star Peter Davison, James Atherton (Coronation Street, Porters), Jodie McNee (Britannia, Little Boy Blue), Adrian Lukis (Collateral, The Crown) and Paul Kaye (Game of Thrones, Three Girls).
The four self-contained crime stories have once again been inspired by the best-selling novels and characters created by acclaimed crime writer Ann Cleeves, who received the Diamond Dagger Award at the Crime Writer’s Association in 2017 for a lifetime achievement for sustained excellence.
Made by Silverprint Pictures for ITV, series nine will be produced by Will Nicholson and directed by Paul Gay, Lawrence Gough, Carolina Giammetta and Declan O’Dwyer. Regular series writers Paul Matthew Thompson and Martha Hillier also return to the production.
Silverprint Pictures Executive Producer, Phil Hunter, returns for his third consecutive series.
“It’s always a thrill to be back in production on VERA after months of developing the stories and scripts. It’s fantastic seeing ‘the VERA family’ re-united on Tyneside, led by the amazing Brenda Blethyn.
“The love there is for VERA, continues to inspire and fuel the enthusiasm of everyone involved in the making of the show. Filming in the region is a joy and the wonderful thing is that there is still so much more to explore!”