Brenda Blethyn as Vera, in trademark hat and trenchcoat

Vera – Brenda Blethyn films her final series

The star will hang up her trench coat and hat after filming Vera Series 14 ITV have announced that Brenda Blethyn is leaving her role as DCI Vera Stanhope after the current season. Vera has been in production since 2011, with Blethyn bringing to life the character who is based on novels by writer Ann … >

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Shetland Series 8 - Ashley Jensen & Alison O’Donnell

The BBC is returning to Shetland for two more series

With Ashely Jensen leading the investigations, Shetland is commissioned for 2024 and 2025.  Following its successful transition into a post-Jimmy Perez era, after Douglas Henshall left the show, the BBC’s Scottish Isles drama now has its future assured. The BBC have commissioned both Series 9 and 10 of the detective drama Shetland, which is based … >

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A Cruel Love: The Ruth Ellis Story - Lucy Boynton as Ruth Ellis

A Cruel Love: The Ruth Ellis Story – first image

Ruth Ellis, the last British woman to be hanged, will be played by Lucy Boynton.  ITV have released the first image of Lucy Boynton (Bohemian Rhapsody) in A Cruel Love: The Ruth Ellis Story. The series is based on Carol Ann Lee’s acclaimed biography A Fine Day for Hanging: The Real Ruth Ellis Story. Previously … >

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Ashley Jensen

Shetland – Ashley Jensen joins the crime drama in 2023

She takes over from Douglas Henshall, who led the show for seven series.  The BBC have announced Ashley Jensen (Catastrophe, After Life) as the new lead detective in Shetland. Originally based on the novels by Ann Cleeves, the show began in 2013 with Douglas Henshall starring as the DI Jimmy Perez, for the show’s first … >

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