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5.0 out of 5 stars Stanhope Returns!
Vera returns for a third series and credit to all involved for not simply sticking to the same formula.

Brenda Blethyn continues to shine as the reclusive and somewhat grumpy DCI. Although still a sharp tongued and impatient boss she has mellowed just slightly. The continually grim outlook has some chinks of light and her appreciation of her team is more easily...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Classy Casting.
Vera is a most watchable television series and Brenda Blethyn is an inspired piece of casting in the title role of Detective Inspector Vera Stanhope. What makes Vera so enjoyable is the character of Vera herself and in series 3 viewers get to delve deeper into her personal life and discover how her past has probably more than a little bearing on her present loneliness and...
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stanhope Returns!, 17 Sep 2013
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Amazon Customer "Boo62" (Ilkeston Derbyshire United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Vera - Series 3 [DVD] (DVD)
Vera returns for a third series and credit to all involved for not simply sticking to the same formula.

Brenda Blethyn continues to shine as the reclusive and somewhat grumpy DCI. Although still a sharp tongued and impatient boss she has mellowed just slightly. The continually grim outlook has some chinks of light and her appreciation of her team is more easily seen. A new detective joins the team and instead of her usual bullying Vera encourages and listens to him.
A living relative of hers is also introduced, will she meet them or remain her usual aloof self and avoid contact? I'll not spoil it.

Elsewhere things are changing, David Leon's DS Ashworth is getting more confident and challenging his boss more often. He is also getting fed up with her refusal to take her own health seriously and keeps pushing Vera to get her act together, a bone of contention between them as her drinking becomes heavier, more frequent and more public.

Jon Morrison as Scottish DC Kenny Lockhart becomes a more sympathetic character too. The episode where he dyes his hair adds humour but some warmth to his character too.

Even Paul Ritter's philandering Pathologist Billy Cartwright crumbles emotionally and shows affection for Vera.

The stories themselves are a far more diverse collection than the previous 2 seasons. The first episode is quite similar to what has gone before but the second, `Poster Child', is a twisting tale of apparent abduction that keeps adding new plot revelations and by the end has completely turned everything on it's head. It is both topical and engrossing. You'll think you've sussed everything 30 minutes in but give it time.
The third episode, `Young Gods' takes place around an outdoor pursuit camp and an exclusive school. A git of a leader is offed and the teenagers who saw him die have little evidence to give but the trail leads to his old school and just about everyone involved has secrets to hide.
The fourth & final episode, `Prodigal son', See's the team go into overdrive at the death of an ex-copper. He turns out to have been a womanising swine but is that what lead to his murder? Again the plot twists are pretty convoluted and make for an interesting 90 minutes.

As ever the plots are inventive and enjoyable but it is surely the characters themselves that have audiences coming back for another series. Brenda Blethyn continues her sterling work in the title role and a slightly warmer and open side being revealed is welcome.
Her team are perhaps not quite as developed as they really should be considering this is now 3 series' old. Certainly Ashworth's family are little more than a footnote and the rest of the team barely visible at times. Surely the incorrigible Billy the pathologist could be given a bit more to do?
Still this is called `Vera' so I suppose the show revolving around her is to be expected.

This remains an easy to recommend show and introduces some extra dimensions to a few characters and takes the settings beyond just a windblown & desolate Northumbrian countryside. A good solid return for this enjoyable show.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top-Notch Crime Drama!, 13 Oct 2013
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This review is from: Vera - Series 3 [DVD] (DVD)
Watched seasons 1 and 2 back-to-back when they screened on TV here, and loved the series so much that I promptly ordered the DVD set of the first two seasons. Purchased the third season when it was released and was not disappointed - four incredible episodes with a multitude of twists and turns. The acting is superb, especially Brenda Blethyn's performance. And I just adore any scenes that Vera and Joe are in together - love their relationship. Fantastic show!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Classy Casting., 8 Nov 2013
This review is from: Vera - Series 3 [DVD] (DVD)
Vera is a most watchable television series and Brenda Blethyn is an inspired piece of casting in the title role of Detective Inspector Vera Stanhope. What makes Vera so enjoyable is the character of Vera herself and in series 3 viewers get to delve deeper into her personal life and discover how her past has probably more than a little bearing on her present loneliness and her fondness for a tipple. These aspects were touched on in the earlier series. We also learn more about her sidekick D.S. Joe Ashworth, played by David Leon. His relationship with his wife is further developed plus viewers get a glimpse into Joe's past and one episode in particular sheds some light on his character.

I love the stunning Northumberland setting and Joe's lovely young family adds a thoroughly wholesome quality to the series.

While the stories are entertaining one sometimes has to suspend disbelief with regard to plot yet overall this is a most engaging series as what makes Vera special for me are Vera in particular, and Joe and their lives both past and present. There is a continuity underpinning the three series of Vera that attracts viewers back to follow developments.

Series 3 comprises the following episodes:-

Castles in the Air: A young physiotherapist is brutally murdered and Vera leads the investigation into her death. Joe has a blast from the past!
Poster Child: A surgeon is murdered and his daughters abducted leaving Vera and her team to trace the killer and rescue the daughters.
Young Gods: Investigating the death of an extreme sports fanatic, police discover he was stalking an ex-girlfriend.
Prodigal Son: When Vera and Joe investigate the murder of an ex-Met officer the case becomes far more complicated than initially imagined.

Vera's sleuthing techniques are more Columbo than Adam Dalgliesh or Poirot but she gets the job done and in a most entertaining way.

Recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Once again Vera has excelled in this series - we ..., 7 July 2014
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Once again Vera has excelled in this series - we hope that more of this drama will be forthcoming in the future
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5.0 out of 5 stars Super Sleuthing from DCI Stanhope!!, 20 Jun 2014
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C. J. Rhydderch "Mr Happy Feet" (Birmingham, UK) - See all my reviews
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Big fan of 'Vera' so couldn't wait to get the DVD and it didn't disappoint in the slightest!!
Super stories, stunning locations and amazing performances from Brenda Blethyn, David Leon
and the ensemble cast!! A MUST see for all 'Vera' fans out there!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great series., 27 May 2014
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I just enjoy this serie of Vera. Great acting of all the cast, but especially Brenda Blethyn and David Leon. They are a great team together. Serie 1 was on the Dutch t.v., it is just a shame they didn't bought the other series to view!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Vera - Series 3, 25 May 2014
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Another enjoyable series of Vera always interesting with great plots and storyline good writer. I like the way they start straight off with the drama which immediately grips you, and it's almost impossible to guess who done it.
A likeable cast and interesting novel paring between Vera and her sidekick Joe both very human with likeable quirks and flaws. I'm ordering series 4 as soon as soon as the decorating is finished or it won't get done!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great, 3 May 2014
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Lesley Strudwick (Melbourne Australia) - See all my reviews
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I love the setting & the stories where good - look forward to seeing series 4 later in the year
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5.0 out of 5 stars Happiness, 13 Mar 2014
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M. Verdi (Leeds) - See all my reviews
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This series has been amazing..stories are original and really well crafted by a very talented cast. Must see. You will love it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A good series worth investing in, 24 Feb 2014
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She is the female version of Rebus. Frustrating but so watchable. The sidekicks put up with hell but a well crafted, quirky series well worth buying all series. I will be following them should there be a series 4 plus.
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