VERA, SET 2
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With incredible acting talent, 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. David Leon is excellent as Detective Sergeant Joe Ashworth, his character suffers Vera's dark moods with relatively calm equanimity. The series is further enlivened by a great cast.Read more ›
You'll recognize plump middle-aged Brenda Blethyn from films such as the Knightly Pride and Prejudice, where her scatterbrained, pale, fluffy boule de suif of a Mrs. Bennett almost redirected the entire picture. Here, she's like your concerned landlady, pouring you tea before she gets the razor out and redoes your face. She's magic. It's absolutely unexpected.
But all is not well in either her heart or a shivery Northumberland. Daddy did some of the damage. So did the force. Her dishy sidekick colleague, who wants to avoid the almost clichéd failed cop marriage, isn't likely to succeed. His boss insists on total committment, both in time and focus, at all hours of the day. If you slack the least bit, she's likely to sack you.
You know, just to make sure you're paying attention. Just to remind you that she comes first.
I don't remember much about the actual mystieries because I was so taken in by the dysfuncional yet neccessary characterization. Northumberland comes off as a handsome hero--saturnine, chilly, perpetually autumnal. This is so worth it for those who wish to be kidnapped by character and personality. I can't wait for #2!
Eratum: Whoops! I meant to put this review under Vera #1! But I've seen #2, and it still applies. Recently, British imports have been depressing, amoral and filmed as if through a blue gel, like "The Ring", only without the thrills (actually, the British have been worried about this, too). This series is different, and well worth tracking down.
Brenda Blethyn (Atonement, Pride & Prejudice) as Vera, convincingly leads the team. DS Joe (David Leon) is the young family man and Vera's assistant. His wife joins this series in 3 episodes and is played by Sonya Cassidy. Forensics and some very funny dialogue is covered by Cartwright (Paul Ritter). DC Kenny (Jon Morrison) also returns as an older team member. DC Holly returns but lasts only through the first episode. This nucleus cop cast questions guest stars playing criminals and victims. Really strong acting casts in every episode, too many to mention.
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~~~1___The Ghost Position Vera's 1st Sgt's daughter Stella (Jessica Barden) is in a coma after an arson attack. Vera looks into the next tragedy after learning her mentor never quite accepted divorce from Marianne (Julie Graham- Bonekickers) who married Gower (Ron Cook- Little Dorrit). Another guest star, rose Leslie (Dowton Abbey) plays Lena. It's a sad case. DC Holly also gets Vera-punched.
~~~2___Silent Voices Is a murdered social worker Jenny & a mother-drowned child suspiciously linked? A dead author's manuscript might offers clues, once found. The soc.Read more ›
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Engrossing. Well-plotted stories. Excellent acting. Highly Recommend.Published 3 months ago by Charles D. Summers
DCI Vera Stanhope of Northumberland is my kind of detective. In this series 2 she has a new haircut, which is more akin to wind blown and the absence of a hairbrush. Read morePublished 3 months ago by prisrob
This series is absolutely one of my all time favorites. I love it!!!Published 4 months ago by Linda Jackson
Love this show. These two have such great chemistry. I understand that the more recent episodes don't feature her cute sidekick. That's too bad.Published 5 months ago by jkw