I interviewed leading lady Brenda Blethyn last year and she was an absolute delight. The antithesis of her dowdy onscreen persona. At the time, season 5 was very much up in the air. Like most things these days, it’s fate depended very much on the ratings of season 4. Unsurprisingly (in my view) Vera season 4 was one of the few shows in the UK last year to satisfy the TV critics
Filming has commenced in the North East of England on four new episodes of the detective series, with Brenda Blethyn reprising the title role.
Joining Dci Vera Stanhope in the next series is DS Aiden Healy, played by Stella actor Kenny Doughty.
Doughty replaces David Leon, who played DS Joe Ashworth. Meanwhile, series five will also feature the return of Jon Morrison as DC Kenny Lockhart.
Cush Jumbo (DC Bethany Whelan), Kingsley Ben-Adir (Dr Marcus Summer) and Riley Jones (DC Mark Edwards) will also reprise their roles in the new episodes.
Blethyn said: "I am so happy to be embarking on series five 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.
The latest version of the 1997 comedy movie opened at the Noel Coward Theatre in London on February 25.
It had been scheduled to run until mid-June, but will stage its final performance on March 29.
The show was nominated in the Best Comedy category at this year's Olivier Awards earlier this month.
Star Kenny Doughty wrote on Facebook that he was "devastated and heartbroken" after hearing of the news.
He said: "Yesterday, on the day we had two full houses and two standing ovations, in the week our play got an Olivier nomination, we were given the shocking news that the play is being pulled.
"I am utterly devastated not only for myself but for every single soul that has given their all for this play. We deserved better."
Simon Beaufoy adapted his own Oscar-nominated script for the stage,
"It's just a terrible, terrible loss of a wonderful woman," says McRoberts' agent Kate Threlfall. "She was a wonderful woman who had troubles and she will be very much missed. She was so well-loved and was the most vibrant character you could hope to meet. It is just a tragedy."
McRoberts' best known screen credit in the U.S. was as Margo Fassbender in the 1976 movie "The Pink Panther Strikes Again." In the U.K., she also appeared on series "Take the High Road" and "Bachelor Father." She was also known in England as a gifted stage actress. She and Robb did not have any children.
Shooting has just commenced in Dunstable on Mark Abraham’s Peterman, which follows the story of a young junkie (Joe Cole) who is kidnapped by a criminal gang and forced to crack open a safe using skills taught to him by the gang’s former ‘Peterman’ (safe cracker), his deceased grandfather (Phil Davis). Alison Steadman, Peter Bowles, Brian McCardie, Kenny Doughty, Stuart Graham and Adam Nagaitis also feature.
The crime film is based on the screenplay by Andy Bloom and is produced by Control Films and Talent Films with Darren Pratt and Tim Phillips acting as producer and Tony Humphreys executive producing.
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Control Films and Talent Films have begun principal photography on crime film Peterman, which is being shot on location around Dunstable, UK.
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The feature follows the story of a young junkie (Joe Cole) who is kidnapped by a criminal gang and forced to crack open a safe using skills taught to him by the gang’s former ‘Peterman’ (safe cracker), his deceased grandfather (Phil Davis).
The film also stars Alison Steadman and Peter Bowles as well as Brian McCardie, Kenny Doughty, Stuart Graham and Adam Nagaitis.
The screenplay by Andy Bloom marks the debut feature for director Mark Abraham and producers Darren Pratt and Tim Phillips.
Phillips recently finished his second collaboration with Air Productions on their latest film, Keeping Rosy, starring Maxine Peake and Blake Harrison.
Executive producer is Tony Humphreys from Talent Films, who produced
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