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Vera – #42 – S11 E02 – with Brenda Blethyn – Recovery


Excellent series, good casts

Watch soon as may disappear

This Episode

Vera is called to the scene when the body of addiction support worker Angela Konan is found hidden among the bleak woodlands of Northumberland National Park. Vera and her team must pull back the layers of the introverted victim’s life to uncover her closely-guarded secrets and surprising depths, as it appears an increasingly erratic Angela clashed with two clients in the week before she died. One of whom, Beth Draper, talked to her daughter. Suspicions also turn to Draper’s daughter, who went out the night Angela was murdered. Draper’s brother in law, Duncan Maxwell, confessed to the murder, explaining that he felt raged over families of addicts not being cared for equally as the addicts themselves. He went back to Angela’s cabin, but by then she had disappeared..

The Series

Vera is a British crime drama series based on the Vera Stanhope series of novels written by crime writer Ann Cleeves. It was first broadcast on ITV on 1 May 2011, and to date, eleven series have aired, with the latest debuting on 29 August 2021. The series stars Brenda Blethyn as the principal character, Detective Chief Inspector Vera Stanhope. In 2021, Ann Cleeves confirmed that the character of Vera was based on a neighbour of her maternal grandmother. The neighbour had been something of a busybody and her personality was the basis for Vera.

Vera is a nearly retired employee of the fictional ‘Northumberland & City Police’, who is obsessive about her work and driven by her own demons. She plods along in a constantly dishevelled state, but has a calculating mind and, despite her irascible personality, she cares deeply about her work and colleagues. She often proves her superior skills by picking up small errors in her team members’ thought processes. Vera forms a close relationship with sergeants Joe Ashworth (David Leon) and Aiden Healy (Kenny Doughty).[1]

On 27 August 2020, it was confirmed that the show had been renewed for an eleventh series. Its first four episodes aired in December 2021 and January 2022, with a further two episodes expected in later 2022.[2] In March 2022, it was confirmed that a twelfth series had been commissioned and had begun filming

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