TV Review – Vera

Okay I am late to the party on this one. The series “Vera” is on season 11.  Yes – 11! And I only started watching it this year.

IMDB has this to say about the series: “With her caustic wit and singular charm, DCI Vera Stanhope leads her team as they face a series of captivating murder mysteries set against the breathtaking Northumberland landscape.”

They aren’t wrong. I love the way that Vera relates to her colleagues, she works particularly closely with her sergeant, which is interesting. I’m not always comfortable with the way she talks to DC Kenny Lockhart. Sometimes it seems overly harsh, but I have no idea what the set up in on this as I’ve only been watching the recent series, so there could be history that I don’t know about. Brenda Blethyn is a tour de force as DCI Vera Stanhope. She’s just brilliant. Her hat and that raincoat seem to have a life of their own.

As I’ve been to Newcastle a few times, I really enjoy seeing landscapes that I recognise. It’s really funny when you know where places are and they don’t take the time to get between that the show shows. The episode I watched last night took place in what I think was Kielder Water and probably Kielder Forest. It was really beautiful.

“Vera” is based on the books written by Ann Cleeves, which in all honestly, I’ve never read. So I can’t have an opinion as to which works better, the series or the book. But I can tell you I thoroughly enjoy the show.

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