ITV drama Vera confirmed for a tenth series
Following the success of series nine, ITV and Silverprint Pictures confirms award winning actress Brenda Blethyn will return as DCI Vera Stanhope for a tenth series. Four feature length episodes, set against the backdrop of the North East, will begin production in April for transmission in 2020.
Kenny Doughty will return as Detective Sergeant Aiden Healy, who over the years has proved himself to be a strong and reliable partner to DCI Stanhope. Completing Vera’s team is Jon Morrison who plays DC Kenny Lockhart, Riley Jones who plays DC Mark Edwards, Ibinabo Jack who plays DC Jacqueline Williams and Paul Kaye who returns as Pathologist Dr. Malcolm Donahue.
The four self-contained crime stories will be inspired by the best-selling novels and characters created by acclaimed crime writer Ann Cleeves, who received the Diamond Dagger Award at the Crime Writer’s Association in 2017 for a lifetime achievement for sustained excellence.
Made by Silverprint Pictures, part of ITV Studios, for ITV, series ten will be produced by Will Nicholson whilst Executive Producer Phil Hunter returns for his fourth consecutive series. Director Paul Gay and writer Paul Logue also return to the production and will be working on the first episode.
Commented Brenda Blethyn: “Along with the rest of the cast of VERA, I’m delighted to be embarking on series ten. The enthusiasm and warmth shown to VERA has been overwhelming and we can’t wait to get started. Newcastle here we come!”
Commented Phil Hunter: “I'm thrilled VERA is returning for series ten. 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.”
In the UK VERA performs consistently for ITV. Earlier this year series nine averaged 7.9 million viewers. Internationally VERA is one of the most successful imported drama titles in Belgium, Denmark, France, Netherlands and Norway, and has been sold to more than 150 territories worldwide.
At this year’s Royal Television Society Awards: North East & The Border, VERA won the Judges Award for outstanding contribution to the region and Production Designer Patrick Bill won the award for Professional Excellence for Production Design.