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.