Vera: Series 2 [DVD] 
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Multi-award winning actress Brenda Blethyn returns as DCI Stanhope in critically acclaimed crime drama, Vera.
Driven by work and her own personal demons, Vera, along with her trusted and long suffering colleague, Sergeant Joe Ashworth (David Leon), is faced with a number of daunting cases. She delves into the unsettling private life of an old colleague, attempts to break through the code of secrecy in the army, and copes with the impact on a family torn apart by addiction.
Combined with beautifully shot landscapes and atmospheric production, each enthralling story is enhanced by the captivating performance of Brenda Blethyn as this shambolic yet brilliant detective as she discovers secrets from her own past that threaten to change her life forever.
Episodes include: The Ghost Position, Silent Voices, Sandancers, A Certain Samaritan
Starring Brenda Blethyn, David Leon, Wunmi Mosaku, Paul Ritter, Jon Morrison, Cush Jumbo Guest starring Ron Cook, Penny Downie, Julie Graham, Phyllis Logan, John McArdle, Nina Sosanya & Emily Woof
The first series of Vera may have left the show a little bit of work to do, but this follow-up run of stories improves things with considerable skill. The basic premise remains similar. Vera follows the work of Detective Chief Inspector Vera Stanhope, a woman driven to solve crime, whilst battling a catalogue of problems of her own. So far, so conventional. Television is hardly short of detectives, after all. But Vera has a trump card, and her name is Brenda Blethyn. The Oscar-nominated actress gives a considered performance in the title role, and the lends the show the gravitas it needs to keep us hooked.
Blethyn is front and centre for much of the four episodes collected together here, and it's a complex collection of cases she's presented with. For instance, she has to face the mysterious suicide of a former colleague, and the odd murder of a social worker, each of which comes with a labyrinthine backstory that Vera needs to get to grips with.
There are still problems with Vera that this second series doesn't completely solve. Based once more on Ann Cleeves' novels, the wonderful Blethyn has proven to be a divisive choice amongst hardened fans of the books, and whilst her character is deepened here, more work on the writing and less reliance on the leading actress would serve the show well.
That said, her adventures here are fleshed out, interesting, and intriguing to watch. And Vera continues, as it did in the second half of its maiden series, to improve. Well worth a look. --Jon Foster
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Buy it, and sit back and relax. A truely excellent series and hope there will be more on the way!
I really enjoy these types of detective dramas as there's no high speed chases or blood and gore, instead they are all character led which makes (in my opinion) for a more interesting story!! The way 'Vera' has been shot also adds to the appeal as the locations and scenery are always stunning and that also adds to the overall story. It's also clear to see that Brenda gets along very well with her 'Sergeant' David Leon and their on-screen chemistry appears very natural and unforced. I also bought this DVD collection as ITV have not yet shown one of the four episodes on TV (it was due to it being set in an Amry Barracks and Afghanistan and on the day it was due to be screened 2 soldiers had sadly been killed whilst in action, so ITV did the right thing and postponed the episode). They are now promising to show it 'late summer' but I'm afraid I just couldn't wait that long so I've ordered the DVD instead!!
I just hope that the bosses at ITV see sense and commission the drama for a third series next year as it totally deserves it!!!!
Vera is the kind of Detective Constable Inspector you would want in your corner. She is very off-putting, with her dumpy,scruffy appearance. Old dresses like our granny wore with sweaters and/or a quilted vest and usually a voluminous coat. And, the hair, please, Vera, a nice cut would make a world of difference. But, Vera gives off the impression, she doesn't have the time to fuss.
This is the second season of Vera, the great DCI in North Cumberland. She seems to run her office in a slip shod manner, but everyone seems to get things done and knows what to do. Vera is gruff, few pleasantries, lots of inneuendoes. Vera, it seems, doesn't want anyone to get close. We learn more about Vera in this series. She had a serious relationship, Peter, and he died. That is all we know. A distant father she did not spend time with, but she now lives in his house. Vera is a loner, but she has allowed her second in command, DS Joe Ashworth, to become someone important in her life, someone who cares for her. Joe has a wife and two children, and his wife calls Vera, Joe's other woman. Joe is played by David Leon, a good looking young man who has a career ahead of him.
If I have a chance to spend time with Brenda Blethyn as Northumberland's very own Columbo, I take that chance, every time!
She can be rude, acerbic and very blunt, yet underneath it all, has a soft heart.
She clomps around in wellies, with not very glam clothes, a raincoat and hat and gives her rather dishy partner Joe a hard time about his 'bairns'.
I so hope that several more series are made - great acting, good storylines and some wonderful scenery make for a show that is class all the way.
Vera is believable. Her cases are believable. Everyone has their little personal problems but their career must go on. Vera gets it done. She is like a sour Miss Marple at times. I can not wait for the next series to come out. I am from Texas living in the Azores Portugal and I use UK Amazon to find and order my dvds. Producers, this is a winner-- Keep Vera coming.
The production stars two-time Oscar® nominee Brenda Blethyn (LITTLE VOICE, SECRETS AND LIES, PRIDE AND PREJUDICE, ATONEMENT) as DCI Vera Stanhope, a solitary, obsessed, caustic investigator with a messy persona and private life. She's 40 pounds overweight, a bit disheveled; dresses for comfort and warmth in the brutal Northumberland winters. You can think female Columbo. The production is available streaming or in a boxed set that includes four feature-length, character-driven crime dramas on four discs, running approximately 370 minutes. For mature audiences only, please. And thank you, RLJ Entertainment-Acorn, it's got subtitles: otherwise don't know what we'd do with the flavorful local accent and idiom on this side of the pond. I received this as a review copy.
This series does a remarkable job of creating an entire Northeast of England world that will be unfamiliar to most viewers. These powerful free-standing episodes have been filmed in the original villages of the Cleeves crime novels; the bleak, lonely landscapes of Northumberland, a region of the U.K. that has traditionally suffered, and still does, from underemployment, look beautiful here. Residents of the region appear to largely live, and spend their time, in stone-built structures, frequently isolated, and it’s tempting to describe them as frequently stony-hearted.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
At first I thought that Vera was a bit odd, not your normal detective, but the more episodes I watched the more I like the series and Vera herself! Read morePublished 2 months ago by Cassie
Down to earth. Real people. Morse and Lewis are very good but never working class characters. Not from a mining community anyway.Published 9 months ago by Michael John Edmunds