Dear ladies and gents,
this here is Vera.
Image via ITV.com
DCI Vera Stanhope to be precise. She is a detective with the Northumberland & City Police. Vera is produced by ITV and premiered back in 2011. It based on the series of books written by Ann Cleeves (who also wrote Shetland).
Now I’ve been binge watching Vera for the past few weeks (I finished with Daredevil and needed to binge watch something, okay?) There are many reasons to like Vera.
It’s a solid crime drama, the series is shot beautifully, the characters are complex and interesting and then there is the fabulous Brenda Blethyn (if you haven’t seen Secrets and Lies or Little Voice go, do it immediately! I mean, come on!)
I know it is a series about crime and murder and whathaveyou, but it’s a total comfort watch for me.
But what I like the best (THE BEST!) about it?
Vera above is not between 25 and 35 (although if you know anything about anything a lot (A LOT) of actresses and actors regularly shave off a few years so even those that claim they are perpetually 25 are not really).
Vera doesn’t have TV hair.
Vera is great at her f**king job.
Vera can be a pain in the arse.
Vera doesn’t suffer fools gladly.
I tried to think when was the last time I saw ANYTHING on US TV that had an older main female character? Harry’s Law. With Kathy Bates. And that got cancelled because it “skewed older”. They cancelled a show with OSCAR WINNER Kathy Bates because it skewed older. Harry’s Law btw pulled between 7 and 11 million people per episode.
Because everyone over the age of 35 belongs to an old people’s home really. Women especially.
So watch Vera. I promise you’ll like it. And God bless UK TV because Vera there? Has been renewed for another season.