Why we love Vera Stanhope

05 February 2016

By Pan Macmillan

We love ITV's Vera, starring Brenda Blethyn as Vera Stanhope. Here's just a few of our favourite things about Ann Cleeves’ unconventional detective.

She's resolutely unglamorous

The permanently dishevelled DCI Stanhope is a breath of fresh air next to the glossy telly detectives such as The Fall’s Stella Gibson. Forget designer silk shirts and leather trousers, Vera is much more likely to be found wearing her trusty oversized rain coat with pockets filled with tissues. Who has time for lipstick when you're tramping around the Northumberland moors? 

She's quick witted.

Vera’s black humour in the incident room provides light relief in both the novels and the tv series.

Her fondness for fish and chips.

Whilst most detectives are rarely seen without a cup of strong black coffee, our Vera has a hearty appetite. We can relate...and would happily share her chips. 

She's supremely intuitive

We love watching her deftly unpick complex mysteries, whilst being intensely sympathetic to the victims of crime.

Brenda Bleythn wants to be her friend.

In a recent interview she said:

"I love Vera. I'd like to have her as a mate. I'd love to go and visit her at home. What would we do? I'd ask her where the whisky was and we'd go for a long walk together along the shore."

The seventh season of Vera returns to ITV on Sunday 19th March 2017.
Love Vera? Why not try the books that inspired the ITV detective drama, Ann Cleeves' Vera Stanhope series.

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