VERA (SE­RIES TWO)

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - TV Guide - - HIGHLIGHTS -

Only four episodes make up the sec­ond se­ries of this po­lice drama and that’s plenty. The crimes are clev­erly con­structed and are ex­cep­tion­ally har­row­ing. But it isn’t the crimes them­selves but the star of the show DCI Vera Stan­hope (played by Brenda Blethyn) that makes this bet­ter in small doses. Vera is so emo­tion­ally detached as to be ex­cep­tion­ally ir­ri­tat­ing and she has an an­noy­ing habit of call­ing vic­tims, sus­pects and col­leagues alike “pet” in a par­tic­u­larly pa­tro­n­is­ing tone. On the plus side her “pet” off­sider, de­tec­tive Joe Ash­worth (played by the hand­some David Leon), is easy on the eye. ★★★ Ex­tras: None

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