Vera returns to the North East for series Nine

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by Stephen Chapman

Filming has just begun on 4 feature-length episodes of ITV’s crime drama Vera.

Set in the North East, Brenda Blethyn reprises her role of Det Ch Insp Vera Stanhope for a new investigation.

In the first episode, written by Paul Logue, she’s joined by a cast including Peter Davison (Toast of London, Doctor Who), James Atherton (Coronation Street, Porters), Jodie McNee (Britannia, Little Boy Blue), Adrian Lukis (Collateral, The Crown) and Paul Kaye (Game of Thrones, Three Girls).

"It's always a thrill to be back in production on Vera after months of developing the stories and scripts. It's fantastic seeing 'the Vera family' re-united on Tyneside, led by the amazing Brenda Blethyn,” said Silverprint Pictures executive producer, Phil Hunter.

“The love there is for VERA, continues to inspire and fuel the enthusiasm of everyone involved in the making of the show. Filming in the region is a joy and the wonderful thing is that there is still so much more to explore!"

Series 9 will be produced by Will Nicholson and directed by Paul Gay, Lawrence Gough, Carolina Giammetta and Declan O’Dwyer. Regular series writers Paul Matthew Thompson and Martha Hillier also return to the production.

Series 8 averaged 8.4m viewers and had a 30% share. It was the highest rating drama on ITV for the first quarter of 2018.