OSCAR NOMINEE BRENDA BLETHYN (Pride and Prejudice, Atonement) returns as Detective Chief Inspector Vera Stanhope in this acclaimed mystery series inspired by the novels of Ann Cleeves. Against the stunning backdrop of rural Northumberland, Vera and her assistant, Detective Sergeant Aiden Healy (Kenny Doughty, Stella, Black Work), strive to solve vicious crimes that menace their community. This season finds Vera and Aiden investigating several mysterious deaths, including a park ranger found washed up on the shores of a remote wildlife reserve, a drug addict, a promising young journalism student, and a woman who had disappeared six weeks earlier. Despite her unconventional ways and abrasive personality, Vera continues to captivate in this long-running British mystery that is “sheer heaven for fans of police procedurals” (The Philadelphia Inquirer).

veraset7dvdStudio: Acorn Media
Year: 2017
Release Date: October 24, 2017
Run time: 373 minutes
Rating: NR

Audio: Dolby Digital mix
Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
Disc Spec: 4 DVD
Region: A

Just think of all the extremely well written, well made crime series from the UK and add this one to the list! Brenda Blethyln brings to life the whip smart, eccentric, disheveled inspector Vera. A bit like a female Columbo. Filmed in the desolate, spooky, dreary NE part of England that itself makes for the perfect backdrop for murder mysteries. A well rounded team of supporting actors bring it home. I only wish I’d found it earlier, but stumbling upon it in its sixth season makes for some wonderful evenings of binge watching! Not too many strong female DI leads are out there. Brenda Blethyln carries her part seemingly effortlessly. She’s absolutely in the same class as Joan Hickson. One series not to be missed.

Movie Quality: 9.5/10

Special Features

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Movie Quality: 0/10

Final Thoughts

Brenda Blethyn is an unbelievably talented actress, her initial Geordie accent I didn’t buy into but after a few episodes she became spot on. She has a massive presence in the role and has truly made it her own.
Overall Rating: 9/10