DVD - 2011 | Widescreen version
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Follows a solitary, obsessed, cantankerous investigaor-- who happens to be pure genius at her job.
Publisher: Silver Spring, MD : Distributed by Acorn Media, c2011
Edition: Widescreen version
Branch Call Number: VER
Characteristics: 4 videodiscs (355 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
Alternative Title: Vera (Television program)
ISBN: 9781598285765


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Glorious Oscar-nominated actress Brenda Blethyn stars here as a post-middle-age lead detective who spends almost as much time grumping around as she does solving cases. With her sidekick, a young whippersnapper with a precarious home situation (his wife doesn't like him working so much), Vera al... Read More »

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May 20, 2019

I find Vera to be just as described and wish she would be more pleasant. Throwing files at an officer is never justified, even if she is cantankerous. Amazing too how she gets to solve cases on theory, not much hard evidence.

Nov 13, 2018

We love the entire Vera series. Highly recommend it! It's dry humor, intriguing story lines and great characters keep us coming back for more. Not the typical "who done its" that you can figure out the guilty party half way through.

Oct 10, 2018

Loved this series. Patty skypants Vera was mad at Kenny because he went behind her back and gave out info to another cop who wasn't even on the case. A cop who messed up the original case to begin with and withheld info.

Jun 25, 2018

This character is so strange off the bat and the first episode so vague and presuming that we wondered if we had missed another previous season. As a lover of all things Brit this was a let down, especially because I loved Shetland by the same author. Did not watch it all.

Mar 18, 2018

Absolutely have to have subtitles for this. Kind of a female Columbo with better acting and no goofy Marple-ish or Poirot-ish quirks or tired cinema celebreties. In all the episodes I've watched so far, there has been only one scene that was totally unbelievable (she gets mad at Kenny for being "disloyal"); she is a female leader and she runs her team very well. These stories are solid and, for the most part, they move and don't get bogged down. I just wish there were more episodes to watch.

Feb 25, 2018

At a certain point in their careers, it seems that every good actor in the UK appears as the lead in a mystery series, and Brenda Blethyn is no exception. The emphasis is on character study rather than on story. The series is well acted, but unfortunately, the character of Vera is taken too far. I don't know whether it's the direction, the writing, or Ms. Blethyn, but her character is such a mess mentally and physically, I refuse to believe she would be employed by any police force. The bleak, marshy scenery is stunningly photographed.

LPL_TriciaK Dec 01, 2017

A fantastic series for mystery lovers! It's based on the novels by Ann Cleeves about the lonely, work-obsessed, disheveled Chief Inspector Vera Stanhope. Vera barks at and bosses around her team - especially her detective sergeant, Joe , but we grow to like her despite her brusque manner. Set in gorgeous Northumberland England, you'll revel in the bucolic scenery and admire the great skill of the award-winning lead actress, Brenda Blethyn. Murders are gritty, writing is good. It's gone on seven seasons as of 2017, so you know it's worth a look!

Oct 09, 2017

For sure I love this series. Vera is such an engaging character. I'm sure that I've seen all the episodes ever made. May we have more, please?

Sep 30, 2017

My favourite Police detective, by far.
If only, they were all this good.

Jul 13, 2017

Highly recommended. She is truly a diamond in the rough.

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