Vera, Set 3
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“A first-rate mystery series” —Library Journal
“Captivating” —Library Bookwatch
“Classy crime drama” —The Daily Telegraph (U.K.)
Two-time Oscar nominee Brenda Blethyn (Pride & Prejudice, Atonement) plays Detective Chief Inspector Vera Stanhope in this compelling mystery series inspired by Ann Cleeves’s bestselling novels. Patrolling her patch of northeast England, Vera resolutely pursues the truth in cases of murder, kidnapping, and blackmail. While her manner is sometimes caustic, her single-mindedness gets results.
Vera is supported by her trusted team, including right-hand man Detective Sergeant Joe Ashworth (David Leon, RocknRolla). A family man, Ashworth is ever trying to strike a balance between home and work. Meanwhile, forensic pathologist Billy Cartwright (Paul Ritter, The Eagle) and Detective Constable Kenny Lockhart (Jon Morrison, High Times) tend to bring out the scathing side of their boss. Guest stars in these four new feature-length dramas include Saskia Reeves (Luther), Dean Andrews (Life on Mars), and Liam Cunningham (Game of Thrones).
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Top Customer Reviews
I have long loved the Brits' excellence in this genre of film and t.v. to the point where I have not followed American detective stories in many years. I understand the accents to the point where I think Americans on the telly sound funny. My love and appreciation is pretty simple; I prefer the stories they tell and the way they tell them. For these reasons the British just do it better for me. The actors look like real people look and are brilliantly believable in the roles they play. I think this is because the writing and casting is spot on. Apparently, my tastes run to their tastes. If I want crime-solving, gun-wielding, super-models I'll tune into something American. I understand why they have an audience, but they are not for me. Different strokes for different folks. Programs like Vera are what ring my bell.
I love puzzles and people are my favorite kind. I have the unfortunate tendency to analyze everything and everyone. And I can't help but do this with what I view and read. The reason I think the writers of this series are excellent is because their main character remains true to who she was created to be. This series is about Vera. So far there has been no slippage from real, to unbelievable, to farce. Vera is a kindred spirit to those similarly afflicted.Read more ›
Brenda Blethyn (Atonement, Pride & Prejudice) as Vera, convincingly leads the team. DS Joe Ashworth(David Leon) is the young family man and assistant. Forensics and some very funny dialogue is covered by Billy Cartwright (Paul Ritter). This nucleus cast questions guest stars playing criminals and victims. Really strong acting casts in every episode, too many to mention.
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Episode 1: Castles in the Air
Girls'-weekend in isolated country house party ends with Lizzie shot. Why? Alternate target intent? Who? Local night hunter? NE England is Very Stanhope's territory. DS Joe Ashworth & DC Lockhart (Jon Morrison) are at her side, but one has a conflict. Sonya Cassidy (The Paradise) plays Joe's wife in this and the next episode.
2: Poster Child
Two daughters kidnapped after their surgeon dad is murdered. Not easy for the wife (Saskia Reeves -Luther). Vera struggles to find a "Why?" Pressure mounts to find the girls in time.Photographer Jonah (Dean Andrews -Life on Mars).
3: Young Gods
DCI Vera Stanhope and team investigate a fiery death & fall from a cliff. An extreme sport gone too far? Murder or misadventure?Read more ›
The haunting soundtrack, by Ben Bartlett, adds an ominous depth to the series. The marvelous Brenda Blethyn is amazing as Vera, she and the rest of the talented crew authentically bring alive the mystery novels of Ann Cleves. The series is further enlivened by a great cast.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Love the Vera series because they are so complicated & interesting. Vera herself is wonderful, and her faithful companion, Joe, (quite a looker!) is an excellent foil for her. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Donna M Barron
I love Vera. Unfortunately, I had seen all of these videos. However, they were even better the second time.Published 6 months ago by VMDoland