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ITV’s ‘Vera’ To End With Season 14 As Brenda Blethyn Hangs Up Her Trench Coat

Academy and Emmy nominated actress has decided to end the show

by Dave Elliott

Vera Season 14 will be filmed this Summer, however, Academy and Emmy-nominated actress Brenda Blethyn OBE has decided it’s time to hang up her infamous trench coat and announced it will be the final season.

Inspired by the award-winning author Ann Cleeves, ‘Vera’ stars Blethyn as Chief Inspector Vera Stanhope who investigates murders in North East England. Season 13 saw David Leon, who was last seen in season four, return as DS Joe Ashworth alongside Blethyn.

“Working on Vera has been a joy from beginning to end and I’m sad to be saying Cheerio,” said Blethyn. ” But I am so proud of our achievements over the last fourteen years.  I’ll be forever grateful to the wonderful Ann Cleeves who created Vera, and to Elaine Collins who saw fit to cast me in the role.  The Producers, dream cast and crew have been fabulous and I’m going to miss them, but I won’t forget their huge talent, the camaraderie, laughter or kindness we shared nor the friendship of the people of the northeast and our fans worldwide.  Thank you from the bottom of my heart.”

Since filming began on Vera in 2011, inspired by the character created by bestselling author and Diamond Dagger award-winning writer Ann Cleeves, ITV have commissioned 54 episodes of the drama. The 14th and final season will consist of two feature-length episodes.

“It is the end of an era and has been an extraordinary journey over fourteen amazing series of Vera,” commented Silverprint Pictures Creative Director Kate Bartlett (Shetland, Vera, Flesh and Blood, The Long Call) has executive produced many of the series since its inception. “So many wonderful and talented people have been involved in the making of Vera across all the series, but none of us would be here without two incredible women: firstly, the absolutely extraordinary talent of the inimitable Brenda Blethyn.  She is brilliant as DCI Vera Stanhope, a truly iconic character of our times.  And – of course – the amazing Ann Cleeves, author of the original novels and creator of DCI Vera Stanhope. We will all be very sad to say goodbye to Brenda and everyone involved in making the show.” 

Will Nicholson (Vera, Trust Me, Wire in the Blood) has produced and executive produced 42 episodes of Vera since 2013.  He returns to produce the final two episodes. Vera is produced in association with ITV Studios, which will handle global distribution. Silverprint Pictures is an ITV Studios company.  Vera continues to be one of the bestselling dramas across Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

Vera‘ Season 14 does not officially have a premiere date but is likely to land in early 2025. If you want to keep track of this or any other show, you can add them via our Never Miss system, and you’ll be notified when it gets a UK premiere date.

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