Vera’s still on the case


The Chronicle - - News - By KATHRYN RIDDELL

Re­porter MUCH loved TV de­tec­tive se­ries Vera gave fans a glimpse of the show be­ing filmed on their doorstep.

The eighth se­ries of the ITV hit fol­low­ing the cases of DCI Vera Stan­hope was be­ing filmed in Whit­ley Bay yes­ter­day.

Ac­tress Bren­dra Blen­thyn was pic­tured in Vera’s trade­mark hat and over­coat ap­proach­ing the de­tec­tive’s bat­tered Land Rover, as film­ing con­tin­ued.

Cast and crew have been pic­tured around the North East since film­ing for the Northum­ber­land­based drama be­gan in June.

The pro­duc­tion team, which is ex­pected to be in the re­gion un­til Novem­ber, has been cov­er­ing quite a stretch with scenes shot in New­big­gin-by-the-Sea in Northum­ber­land and Peter­lee in County Durham.

Seaton Delaval, Blyth and Seaton Sluice will also fea­ture in the new se­ries, with Whit­ley Bay the lat­est lo­ca­tion to be cho­sen for the new episodes. Ken An­der­son no­ticed the film crew tak­ing over The Links car park on Mon­day and tweeted: “Vera is still on the case at Whit­ley Bay. Links car park is full of the pro­duc­tion crew equip­ment... Big job.” Ann Cleeves, the lo­cal au­thor whose se­ries of Vera Stan­hope nov­els in­spired ITV1’s award-win­ning se­ries, writes a new book ev­ery other year, al­ter­nat­ing it with one for her Shet­land se­ries which has also been made into TV gold. And, with the TV pro­duc­tion team play­ing catch-up, there are set to be plenty more adap­ta­tions to look for­ward to on the small screen. Ken An­der­son

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