I really do not understand why series one got such negative reviews. I loved it and bought series two and again was not disappointed. Could well be the lead actress in Brenda Blethyn or it could be the first class scripts. Either way it is an awesome combination of both. This is British television drama at it best. Wont spoil it for you, but as others have said, then if you liked morse, then you will surely love vera. Buy it, and sit back and relax. A truely excellent series and hope there will be more on the way!