ITV has confirmed the mid-series return of Vera, with season 11 restarting in the New Year.
The highly-anticipated eleventh series got underway back in August, with Brenda Blethyn returning as our favourite Northumbrian detective.
An upcoming episode, As The Crow Flies, will focus on the case of a teacher, who is found on a remote part of the coastline. "She had made what is thought to be an exaggerated claim to social services about child protection. So we have all sorts of suspects rearing their heads," Blethyn said.
The instalment that aired on Sunday 5th September was just the second episode of the new six-part series, with the show's full return set for 2022.
Based on Ann Cleeves' novels of the same named, ITV's Vera celebrated its tenth anniversary in 2021 and saw the return of Kenny Doughty, Ibinabo Jack, Jon Morrison, Riley Jones, Paul Kaye and Steve Evets – all of whom play Vera's trusty crime-solving team.
Here's everything you need to know about Vera and when the rest of season 11 will air on ITV.
Vera season 11 release date
Vera season 11 will continue on Sunday 9 January 2022 on ITV, following a mid-series break.
Season 11 began on Sunday 29th August, with episode two airing the following week on ITV.
Filming for Vera's 11th series was scheduled to begin in autumn of 2020, with two episodes intended for release in 2021. There will also be four more episodes shot in spring 2021, and scheduled for release in 2022.
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 10, which is fantastic news.”
Vera season 11 plot
The series will, as ever, be taking place against the backdrop of Northumbria's landscape.
Series 10 of the detective drama raked in an average of 7.5 million viewers for ITV, a big success for the channel. According to Chronicle Live, executive producer Phil Hunter said in February he was "so proud" of Vera's "continued success".
"I'm thrilled at how much the Vera fans enjoy watching year on year," he said. "Series 10 brought to the screens another four emotionally compelling stories that were an absolute joy to produce.
"I'm continually overwhelmed by the commitment from our amazing writers, our outstanding crew and fabulous cast; the dedication, passion and craft that goes into each and every episode is what makes the show so great. We can't wait to begin filming on Series 11!"
The series is based on Ann Cleeves’ Vera novels, with Cleeves' latest Christmas-set Vera book, The Darkest Evening, hitting the shelves back in 2020 and offering plenty of opportunities for adaptation.
How many episodes are in Vera series 11?
There will be six standalone episodes, each of them feature length, as in previous series.
Vera season 11 cast
The Vera cast features 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."
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Vera filming locations
Vera has gained a reputation for its breathtaking landscapes and backdrops from the North East, 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."