Vera recommissioned for second series

ITV has recomissioned a second series of detective series 'Vera', which will see Brenda Blethyn reprise her role as Detective Chief Inspector Vera Stanhope

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Brenda Blethyn

'Vera' has been recommissioned for a second series by ITV.

Filming for four stand-alone episodes of the detective drama has already commenced, with BAFTA-winning actress Brenda Blethyn set to reprise her role as Detective Chief Inspector Vera Stanhope in the show, which is based on the works of crime author Ann Cleeves.

The programme - which is set in Northumberland and Newcastle - averaged 6.6 million viewers with a peak episode of 6.8 million during its first series.

All four 120-minute episodes - which will be directed by Peter Hoar, Julian Holmes and Paul Whittington - will document the mysterious goings on in mostly rural areas of the north-eastern county, with the final production 'Silent Voices' based on Ann's latest novel.

The show is one of four dramas being recomissioned by ITV, alongside 'Scott and Bailey', 'Monroe' and 'Case Sensitive'.

Laura Mackie, Director of Drama Commissioning at ITV Drama, said: "We couldn't be more delighted with the success of 'Vera', 'Case Sensitive', 'Monroe and Scott & Bailey'. It's terrific to think we are commissioning the most watched and appreciated original dramas for the ITV1 audience."

Brenda previously revealed she perfected her Geordie accent for 'Vera' by studying former 'X Factor' judge Cheryl Cole.

She told BANG Showbiz: "I listened to Cheryl Cole quite a lot and watched the 'X Factor'. Now I have a lovely little voice, pet. I want to get a pair of those trousers with the slits up the side for the next series.

"The 'X Factor' just happened to be on at the time I was learning the accent. I would go into the make-up trailer in the morning after having watched it all night and trying to memorise exactly what Cheryl said. 'You're right up my street, pet'."

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