Vera: Brenda Blethyn stars in series 10 trailer in January
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Last year production for the ITV drama was put on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic. Despite the struggles they faced, TV bosses have now confirmed two feature-length episodes will air on August 29, starting with DCI Vera Stanhope (played by Brenda Blethyn) and her sidekick Aidan Healy (Kenny Doughty) investigating the murder of a man who was beaten to death. Brenda has played DCI Stanhope since the series began in 2011, however, in a new interview the actress has addressed whether she is ready to hang up her hat for good.
Brenda began: “At the end of filming every season I think, ‘Oh, thank the Lord I’m going home. Never again.’
“But it’s like having a lovely slap-up meal. You’ve eaten too much. You couldn’t eat another morsel.
“And you’re shown the menu again. ‘Take it away, take it away!’ But then a week later you get hungry again.
“So, by the time I go back to Newcastle again, I’m always very much looking forward to it. It rather depends on the Covid situation and putting my priorities in order.”
The first episode of series 11 will open with police finding the body of local builder, Jim Tullman, who is found beaten to death on the steps of Tynemouth’s Collingwood Monument.
As Vera and her team get to work, she questions how a seeming beloved man could be attacked so viciously.
The mystery deepens when she discovers that Jim was due to testify in court as the key witness in a violent assault. Could these two crimes be connected?
As the beloved detective delves deeper into Jim’s life, she discovers unresolved bitterness between his estranged wife Barbara and doting son John Paul.
Vera also sees that there were tensions between old family friends Gary and Lesley Clayton.
But, will she be able to see through the web of family grievances and jealousy to find Jim’s killer?
The rest of series 11 is set to be filmed this year to air in 2022.
The new episodes will also feature a host of guest stars including the likes of Lorraine Ashbourne, Mark Benton and Louis Emerick.
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Speaking about the location of where they filmed the first episode of the new series, the 75-year-old continued: “The opening of our first episode includes a lovely view of the Holy Island causeway. I love it when they are able to include that as part of the story.
“We also have a very impressive location – the Collingwood Monument at Tynemouth.
“A body is found on the steps of the memorial. A builder who appears to be an upstanding member of the community and who was due to be giving evidence in a trial that very morning.
“We also see him earlier on board the Shields Ferry.”
Discussing the guest stars, Brenda added: “The guest cast includes the wonderful Lorraine Ashbourne, who plays the victim’s estranged wife Barbara.
“Almost everyone could be a suspect. There are also some great new actors in the first two films.
“There is one young actress called Ayten Manyera who came into the second episode as a replacement at the very last minute.
“Ayten was terrific. Made me laugh. We have some wonderfully talented new young actors.”
Vera will air on Sunday, August 29 at 7.30pm on ITV.
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