DCI Vera Stanhope’s iconic rain mac and hat will be dusted off as Brenda Blethyn returns for series 11 of much-loved ITV detective drama Vera.
Adapted from the crime author Ann Cleeves’ novels, unconventional detective DCI Stanhope will tackle four tricky cases in her hunt for the truth.
Here’s everything you need to know…
When is Vera back on TV?
Series 10 aired in January 2020, while Brenda Blethyn had previously announced series 11 at the Winter TCA Press Tour.
“We’re going to start working this year and you’ll see it next year,” she said, according to Deadline. Executive producer Phil Hunter added: “Yes, there’ll be more Vera beyond series ten, which is fantastic news.”
However, it’s not yet known when series 11 will air on ITV, but we’ll keep this page updated with any news.
What will happen in the new series of Vera?
The series will likely cover four new investigations, all taking place against the backdrop of Northumbria’s landscape.
Speaking when series 10 was commissioned, Brenda Blethyn said: “Along with the rest of the cast of Vera, I’m delighted to be returning for a 10th series. The enthusiasm and warmth shown to Vera has been overwhelming.”
Executive producer Phil Hunter said of the commission: “I’m thrilled Vera is returning for series 10. Making this show is such a joy and it’s clear that Team Vera love it as much as the viewing fans love watching.
“I’m continually overwhelmed by the enthusiasm and commitment the brilliant cast and crew bring to the show.“
How many episodes are in Vera series 11?
There will likely be four standalone episodes, each of them feature length, as in previous series.
Who is in the cast of Vera series 11?
Although the cast hasn’t yet bee confirmed, it will likely feature Brenda Blethyn, of course, as the eponymous Vera, alongside Kenny Doughty returning as Detective Sergeant Aiden Healy who has worked hard to prove himself as DCI Stanhope’s trustworthy partner.
Rounding out the investigative team are Jon Morrison as DC Kenny Lockhart and Riley Jones as DC Mark Edwards. And then there’s Ibinabo Jack who portrays DC Jacqueline Williams, a transfer from the Fraud Squad in series eight.
Paul Kaye joined the cast as pathologist Dr Malcolm Donahue (above) back in series nine. “Paul brings a very interesting dynamic to his character and the show,” Blethyn said of the casting. “Malcolm is very stern which can often come across as him being rude. He is there to get a very serious job done so he doesn’t hold back if he feels Vera is overstepping the mark or cross examining his work.”
Where is Vera filmed?
Vera has gained a reputation for its breathtaking landscapes and backdrops, and series 11 will hopefully be no exception.
Filming locations for previous episodes have included Holy Island, Lindisfarne, and Spanish City in Whitley Bay.
Blethyn, who was born in Kent, says: “I can honestly say I love the beauty of Northumberland, whether it’s a seascape, landscape, the moors, or the city. It’s stunning.”
One slightly less glamorous location for the new series was the rubbish tip we see in the episode Blind Spot. “Working on the second biggest landfill in Northumberland in the summer is not really the best place to be!” Blethyn reports. “The methane was overwhelming. We all had specific instructions to wear special boots in case a nail went through our footwear.”
Where can I watch previous series of Vera?
Select episodes are available on the ITV Hub, while series one-nine are available on BritBox. You can also purchase instalments from any series on Amazon Prime Video.