Vera

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television -

Fri­day, 8.30pm, 13th Street A British po­lice pro­ce­dural star­ring Brenda Blethyn as De­tec­tive Chief In­spec­tor Vera Stan­hope, Vera had a whirl on Seven re­cently that seemed to go nowhere. Per­haps it will find more love on 13th Street. Stan­hope is ably as­sisted by Sergeant Joe Ash­worth (David Leon), her right-hand man and sur­ro­gate son. It’s a bit of a mummy thing, you see. I sup­pose if view­ers can ac­cept pe­tite blonde Kathryn Mor­ris as a hard-nosed de­tec­tive with the Philadel­phia Po­lice Depart­ment in Cold Case, they should have no trou­ble with Blethyn as the mummy-ish Vera. All that aside, Vera is beau­ti­fully played and di­rected, and stands along­side some of the best of British crime TV. In tonight’s de­but, Vera and Joe in­ves­ti­gate the murder of a 15-year-old who was stran­gled and whose body was placed in a bath strewn with flow­ers. This be­comes a trade­mark when other sim­i­lar mur­ders oc­cur. Next week we meet a woman on the run from au­thor­i­ties, who wil­fully steps back­wards into the path of an on­com­ing bus af­ter an ar­gu­ment with her dad. The woman’s death brings forth ev­i­dence that she was in­no­cent all along, so Vera re­opens the case. If they made Cold Case in places such as Dun­stan Steads and Seaton Sluice in Eng­land’s Northum­ber­land, it prob­a­bly would have looked just like this.

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