I cannot believe after searching through my reviews that I haven’t written a review about Vera. It’s probably because after watching seven seasons multiple times and now watching Season 8 on BritBox after it airs in the U.K., that I’m just forgetful, pet.
So let me take a moment to tell you what I think of Vera. I love Vera. I love the show. I love DCI Vera Stanhope and Brenda Blethyn who brings her life. I love the way she calls people “pet” and “luv” and wanders around the beautiful Northumberland landscape solving murders. I love the way she barks at everybody on her staff and confronts every suspicious bloke on the block. Needless to say, it’s a great show.
Based on novels of the same name, written by crime writer Ann Cleeves, Vera in herself is a complex woman. Excellent in her job and ability to solve murders, on the personal side she is a very private and lone individual who doesn’t care to socialize. She would rather retreat to her secluded home, once owned by her father, drink, and review case files at night by herself.
She has gone through two DS’s in the years, played by David Leon and Kenny Doughty. Both have survived Vera’s demanding work schedule and barking orders to solve the mysteries. Each episode runs 90-minutes in length, so these are deep-dive stories into the multiple suspects until Vera catches her killer.
As usual, British crime shows are the best.