Vera: DCI Stanhope meets the new pathologist
Brenda Blethyn has reunited with David Leon as the pair begin to film for series 13 of Vera.
David has made a return to the ITV drama, and will replace Aiden Healy (played by Kenny Doughty) as Vera’s sidekick.
While DCI Stanhope is thrilled to have Joe back by herside, she is wary of his true intentions.
The first episode of Vera, titled Fast Love, will see the detective investigating the mysterious murder of a young man.
As the investigation gathers pace, Vera learns that this cheeky chappy was a complex character. Antagonistic, arrogant and able to get what he wanted but did all of this come at a price?
Adding to the complexity of the case, Vera is taken aback by Joe’s return and is unsure of his motives.
When speaking about her return, Brenda began: “Stepping back into Vera’s shoes for the thirteenth series feels like coming home again.
“The support from the locals in the North East is truly heart-warming and reuniting with the talented David Leon and the rest of our exceptional team is an absolute delight.
“Together, we embark on this new chapter with a terrific script crafted by the brilliant Paul Matthew Thompson.”
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David went on to add: “I’m thrilled to be returning to Vera.
“It’s fantastic to be back in the North East and reunited with Brenda and the crew for the new series.
“I’m looking forward to exploring the relationship between Joe and Vera as they make up for lost time.”
Joining David and Brenda in the new feature-length episodes will be Jon Morrison as DC Kenny Lockhart, Riley Jones as DC Mark Edwards, and Sarah Kameela Impey as Pathologist Dr. Paula Bennett.
David won’t be the only new arrival as replacing Ibinabo Jack will be Rhiannon Clements (Ridley, Hollyoaks), who plays the new and ambitious DC Steph Duncan.
The series will also feature appearances from a number of guest stars, inclluding Nimmy March, Amit Shah, Stephen Lord, Patrick McNamee and Andrew Dunn.
Also appearing in the first episode will be Samantha Seager, Beruce Khan and television newcomers Travis Ross, Evie Hargreaves and Susan Jayne-Robinson.
Vera is expected to return to ITV next year.
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