DVD - 2011
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Follows a solitary, obsessed, cantankerous investigaor-- who happens to be pure genius at her job.

Publisher: Silver Spring, MD : Distributed by Acorn Media, c2011
Edition: Widescreen presentation
ISBN: 9781598285765
Branch Call Number: DVD Drama VERA
Characteristics: 4 videodiscs (355 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in
Alternate Title: Vera (Television program)


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"Brenda Blethyn is a marvelous actor; and this series has been wonderful." - Kevin

Brenda Blethyn is brilliant playing Detective Chief Inspector Vera Stanhope, in this series based on the detective novels of British author Ann Cleeves. Vera is solitary, obsessed, and cantankerous and just happens to be pure genius at her job.

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Feb 20, 2015
  • greenacres rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I'm really enjoying these, can't wait to get the next one

Sep 27, 2014
  • InvernessS rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Love the Northeast scenery & setting for series. Like the cranky lead, but sure hope they ditch that awful outfit in the near future. I seriously doubt anyone around Newcastle or north Yorkshire dresses like that.

Aug 05, 2014
  • coalbanks rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Tense, well-written, good characters, plenty of tension between characters.

May 02, 2014

love this series wish there were more available...

Mar 21, 2014
  • Lavenderseas rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Really great!

Aug 14, 2013
  • tradlibn rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

This is an enjoyable contemporary British detective series. Vera is a middle-aged DCI who is very intense. She is committed to her job, but is lonely in her private life. Her right-hand man, Joe, is a young guy with a family. It is filmed in beautiful but often somber locations in England. The haunting theme music adds to the bittersweet feeling. Vera is an interesting character - insecure personally, but dogged in searching for the answer to a mystery. I look forward to seeing more from this series.

Jun 08, 2013
  • 22950011317518 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This British Police inspector series is certainly one of my Favourite!!

The actress that Plays Vera is so REAL !
She is not someone with 7" heels and a tight skirt!.
She wares rail boots and a floppy rain hat she lives in a long old farmhouse. Her young right hand man is like a best friend and child to her. A great < Great series.
I wish there were more!

Mar 22, 2013
  • kwakiutl rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I recommend it highly. once you warm up to her, Brenda Blethyn's portrayal of Vera is haunting with all her socially inept quirks. Beautiful. It gets even better in the second season. And if you enjoy this, check out the Swedish TV series adaptation of Henning Mankell's "Wallander". I would put these two next to each other. And for a further treat see the Welsh production: "A Mind to Kill". They only have one season worth at the Library, but it is incredible.

Jan 18, 2013
  • reviewer rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Vera is my new favourite television detective.

Aug 10, 2012
  • rvkinfobiz01 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Having never read the Vera Stanhope books I came to watch "Vera" because of a friend's recommendation. I enjoy a good mystery, especially a British mystery, but this series left me flat. I didn't like the main character at all, and the supporting characters were often quite two dimensional. The plots were good, but were seriously hampered by the slow moving action of "Vera." If you want to watch a female detective in a British mystery or crime procedural I would recommend the "Prime Suspect" series or "Blue Murder."

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