Vera (2011– )

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With her caustic wit and singular charm, DCI Vera Stanhope and her trusted right-hand man DS Joe Ashworth face a series of captivating murder mysteries set against the breathtaking Northumberland landscape.

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Series cast summary:
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 DCI Vera Stanhope (24 episodes, 2011-2016)
Jon Morrison ...
 DC Kenny Lockhart (23 episodes, 2011-2016)
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 DS Joe Ashworth (16 episodes, 2011-2014)
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 Billy Cartwright (12 episodes, 2011-2013)
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 DC John Warren (12 episodes, 2012-2014)
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 DC Bethany Whelan (10 episodes, 2012-2016)
Riley Jones ...
 DC Mark Edwards / ... (10 episodes, 2011-2015)
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The central character is Detective Chief Inspector Vera Stanhope. Who is obsessive about her work and driven by her own demons. If she's lonely she doesn't show it and faces the world with caustic wit, guile and courage. Her trusted and long suffering colleague is Sergeant Joe Ashworth. Together they approach every new case with unparalleled gusto and professionalism. Written by Anonymous

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This show is based on the works of crime author Anne Cleeves. The stories (both books and television versions) are set in Northumberland and North Tyneside, where the author has lived for more than two decades. According to Cleeves (in interviews), the variety of the area and landscape gives the stories texture. See more »

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Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know
3 January 2015 | by (Cardiff, Wales) – See all my reviews

Gloomy, shiveringly depressing, "Vera" is beautifully filmed with impressive production values, in low monotones to set a consistent mood. The plots are weirdly desperate, the music lugubrious, and the resolutions formulaic.

Critical actors (victims, v.-to-be, suspects etc.) crank their performances to the max emote early on, with nowhere to go. Wiser direction could control this but it happens so regularly it feels intentional.

Meanwhile, Vera straggles around the darkly filmed landscape of Yorkshire, with no apparent awareness of basic police protocol (like back up when you're entering a problematic isolated house of a potentially dangerous suspect) and chews the scenery regularly at crisis points, i.e. she freaks out over discovering her sergeant concussed at the bottom of basement stairs while the incarcerated victim seems perfectly calm. Vera doesn't reach for her mobile but babbles uncontrollably slapping Joe around. Hum.

I'd call this terribly unprofessional (as an actor AND as her character's status). But wait. She is supposed to be damaged right? Do we forgive this as fiction? Artistic license? Naive assumptions?

One wonders: this woman's a walking/stumbling disaster of a burnout case if her out of control emotions are anything to go by. More generous reviewers call her character interpretation "passionate". Only in film I guess. Despite its ambitions, this series ironically has the grime but lacks realistic "realism". Vera's example? I'd call it nightmare leadership and I don't find it particularly entertaining.

Too vividly it reminds me of the scarier classic menopause symptoms I've had to deal with in professional life. Were I on her policing 'team', or forced into any association, I'd seriously be steering clear of her at all times. As I will the rest of the series.


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