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Vera - Series 3 2013

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ITV's critically acclaimed crime drama returns, starring multi-award winning actress Brenda Blethyn as DCI Vera Stanhope. Based on the bestselling Inspector Stanhope books by renowned writer Ann Cleeves, Vera and her team are faced with a series of daunting challenges.

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David Leon, Brenda Blethyn
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  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 5 hours 56 minutes
Starring David Leon, Brenda Blethyn
Director Will Sinclair, Thaddeus O'Sulli, Dusan Lazarevic
Genres Drama
Studio SPIRIT ENTERTAINMENT
Rental release 16 September 2013
Main languages English
Hearing impaired subtitles English

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By Friarofdoom TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 17 Sept. 2013
Format: 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.
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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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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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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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VERA is a new, contemporaneously set British television series made by ITV. The British mystery series, in its 2013 third season, returned to record ratings in the United Kingdom. The series has aired in the United States on PBS channels. It is based on the best-selling mysteries of British author Ann Cleeves, and like her work, is set in the extreme northeast of England, just under the Roman-built Hadrian's Wall, which separates England from Scotland. It 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 --think female Columbo -- in the brutal Northumberland winters.

Stanhope pursues the truth in the cases of murder, kidnapping, and blackmail that occur on her patch of Geordie-land. She's driven by her own demons; fails to follow the rules of proper nutrition; hides her loneliness well; drinks more than she ought. We're told she lost her mother as a young child, was raised by a distant father, is estranged from her only sister. She's a complex character: a brilliant, independent cop with a dumb private life; a character that undoubtedly requires an actress of Blethyn's skill. Unusually enough, when on the road with her DS, Vera, rather than Joe, generally drives. Control issues, anyone? In addition to Leon, who characterizes his part with an odd, bowlegged walk, as if he was malnourished as a child and had rickets, she's supported by Paul Ritter and Jon Morrison. Guest stars include Liam Cunningham, (GAME OF THRONES); Saskia Reeves, (LUTHER); Dean Andrews, (LIFE ON MARS). And Julie Graham, Gina McKee, Judy Parfitt, Nicholas Gleaves.
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