In the episode one clip, Vera (played by Brenda Blethyn) must make a difficult visit to a young couple as she's forced to break the news that the man's father has been found dead.
Vera knocks on a residential door, which is answered by a pregnant young woman, Amber (Olivia Nakintu). "We're looking for John Paul Tullman... We really need to speak to him, love," Vera says.
John Paul (Micky McGregor) arrives, but seems hostile about the idea of Vera and her longtime colleague DS Aiden Healy (Kenny Doughty) entering the property – forcing Vera to break the news while still standing on their doorstep.
"There's no easy way to say this. I'm afraid we've found a body, sir. And we believe it to be that of your father," she says.
Brenda Blethyn recently addressed her future on Vera and the possibility of a twelfth season, revealing that "it rather depends on the COVID situation".
However, there's still definitely a possibility. “At the end of filming every season I think, ‘Oh, thank the Lord I’m going home. Never again’,” she said. “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.”
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“The Darkest Evening is a great read. A terrific story. Telling a little more of Vera’s background,” Blethyn said. “I would love to film it one day. There is a lot of snow in it so it would be a great Christmas special. And I mean a LOT of snow. Scotland maybe. Or Iceland? Or what about Norway? That’d be nice.”