Vera boss opens up on ‘intoxicating’ Brenda Blethyn ahead of final episode

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ITV’s long-running procedural drama is finally back for its 11th instalment and after the series became an instant hit in 2011, Brenda became a familiar face on the screens of millions across the country. Vera’s Executive producer Phil Hunter shared a bit about the “intoxicating” show as well as what it was like working with leading actress Brenda Blethyn. 

Vera followed DCI Vera Stanhope (played by Brenda Blethyn), her partner Aidan Healy (Kenny Doughty) as they tackled cases and solved investigations.

Fans of the series were forced to patiently wait for season 11 after the Covid-19 pandemic made it impossible for production to continue filming.

Many of these loyal viewers had consistently tuned in after Vera first premiered on ITV in 2011.

With actress Brenda playing the lead role of Vera since the drama began and had fans across the world hooked with the mysterious and gripping storylines.

Vera’s executive producer Phil Hunter recently opened up about working with the star on the series.

Speaking on her playing the lead role, he said: “Brenda takes that responsibility very graciously.

“Filming involves very long days over a long period of time. It is hard work, but what comes shining through alongside that hard work is a wonderful sense of humour and her love for the show and the crew,” he explained.

“Everyone who works on the show ends up loving it just as much and that’s why you get the camaraderie we have. We enjoy the commitment of a lot of people coming back year on year because they love Brenda and the show,” he added.

Phil revealed: “That’s quite intoxicating as well. When you work on something that has so much enjoyment at the heart of it.

“I always hope that when people see the show go out they can be proud of what they have achieved and have enjoyed it along the way, as well as putting in the hours,” the producer concluded.

In the first episode of Vera, viewers watched as the experienced DCI returned to work with another mysterious case to solve.

Vera was tasked with investigating a murder after the discovery of local builder Jim Tullman’s (Gavin Kitchrn) dead body.

It was revealed Jim had been beaten to death and his corpse was found on the steps of the Collingwood Monument in Tynemouth.

The case took an interesting turn when Vera discovered Jim was set to testify against promising footballer Marcus Hynde (Lewis Cope), who was facing GBH charges.

The investigation began to get complicated after it was revealed Jim had a strained relationship with his estranged wife Barbara Tullman (Lorraine Ashborne) and their son John Paul Tullman (Micky McGregor).

The possibility of other suspects arose when connections to strained relationships with other family friends were unearthed.

Viewers will have to keep watching to see if this will be another successfully solved case for DCI Vera.

Season 11 will contain six episodes in total with each one being a feature-length episode.

Due to the delay in filming, only two episodes of the new season will air this year, with the next episode on Sunday, September 5.

Vera airs on Sunday at 8pm on ITV.

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