‘Vera’ will return for Series 5 in 2015

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Filming has started in the North East of England on the fifth series of ITV’s crime drama Vera.

Brenda Blethyn will reprise her role as D.C.I. Vera Stanhope, alongside Jon Morrison (Nil By Mouth) as D.C. Kenny Lockhart, Cush Jumbo (Torchwood: Children of Earth) as D.C. Bethany Whelan, Kingsley Ben-Adir (City Slacker) as pathologist, Dr. Marcus Summer and Riley Jones as D.C. Mark Edwards.

Kenny Doughty (Stella) will also join the show as DS Aiden Healy, replacing David Leon as D.S Joe Ashworth.

Based on the characters created by novelist Ann Cleeves, Series 5 will comprise of four new episodes. The first episode will see Vera and Aiden investigate a mysterious death at a caravan park.

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Brenda Blethyn commented: “I am so happy to be embarking on Series 5 of Vera and whilst I’ll miss David Leon (Joe Ashworth finally got his long awaited promotion – Celine was delighted!), I’m very glad to be reunited with Jon Morrison, Riley Jones, Cush Jumbo and our new member of the team Kenny Doughty. Northumberland here we come!’

Kenny Doughty added: “I’m really thrilled to be joining Vera. It’s such a fantastic show and I’m especially excited to be working alongside the lovely and brilliant Brenda Blethyn.”

Series 5 will continue filming until the autumn and air on ITV in 2015.

Series 4 concluded last month.

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