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In the tradition of 'Prime Suspect', 'Vera' is a savvy, homely, middle aged female Detective Chief Inspector commanding a large force of mostly compliant male underlings. Like several popular female centered mystery shows that have been brought to us by the likes of ITV and BBC, 'Vera' is based upon a series of novels by an accomplished British mystery author. Ann Cleeves in this case.

No correlation to anything by Agatha Christie is viable, however. This is not Jane Marple, but much more Sherlock Holmes, albeit thoroughly modern (mysteries are ripped from the headlines), sexier (Vera's attending detectives are male model types), more diverse (one lead detective is a woman of color), and told against the breathtaking backdrop of Northumberland countryside and Newcastle upon Tyne. The idyllic small village effect is driven home, punctuated more effectively by all the horrors which unfold behind cottage doors.

Brenda Blethyn, Miss Vera Stanhope herself, is a movie and television veteran, and brings a raw, believable gravitas to the Vera character. Recipient of a BAFTA, Mrs. Blethyn's full acting range is on display in every episode. She seems to relish traipsing through the bleak, gray countryside, conducting murder investigations whose moods and locales evoke the worst of Dickens' Edwin Drood.

The first season of 'Vera' attracted an enormous viewership, though the season was merely comprised of four 90 minute episodes. ITV quickly ordered four more episodes. Season one found Vera investigating everything from homicidal sugar daddies, to a wrongfully imprisoned young woman who is only exonerated after she kills herself.

'Vera' offers strong acting and directing and plausible plot lines that contain no end in twists and turns. Indeed, Vera's talent for extrapolating evidence, leads, and conclusions from abstract minutiae contributes to her fascinating powers. Powers often at war with her demons of alcoholism. A tortured, drunkard detective: yes, clich

Acorn Media
9 Seasons, 36 Episodes
May 1, 2011
Drama
7.9/10
Cast: Brenda Blethyn, Jon Morrison, Riley Jones, Kenny Doughty
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Vera Full Episode Guide

  • A Newcastle beauty empire is shaken to the ground, when one of three sisters is found dead in the River Tyne.

  • Vera must get to the bottom of why a teenage boy is found murdered far away from his home in a coastal town.

  • Vera follows the trail of a murdered trainee forensic psychologist who had been secretly investigating a historic murder case.

  • DCI Stanhope is confronted with a tragic mystery when the dead body of teenager Ethan Dewley is found floating in a reservoir.

  • Quiet life in suburbia takes a dark turn when a woman is discovered lying dead in her back garden.

  • DCI Vera Stanhope is called to investigate charred remains in an abattoir furnace.

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