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Vera

(DVD - 2011 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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Follows a solitary, obsessed, cantankerous investigaor-- who happens to be pure genius at her job.
Title: Vera
[videorecording]
Publisher: Silver Spring, MD : Distributed by Acorn Media, c2011
Edition: Widescreen presentation
Characteristics: 4 videodiscs (355 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in
Statement of Responsibility: ITV Studios ; written by Paul Rutman and Stephen Brady ; directed by Adrian Shergold...[et al.] ; produced by Elwen Rowlands and Elaine Collins
Notes: Title from container
Based on the novels by Ann Cleeves
Originally broadcast as 4 episodes of the television series
Number of discs, special features, and language options may vary by copy
Summary: Follows a solitary, obsessed, cantankerous investigaor-- who happens to be pure genius at her job.
Alternate Title: Vera (Television program)
ISBN: 9781598285765
1598285769
Branch Call Number: DVD Drama VERA
Performers: Brenda Blethyn, Paul Ritter, David Leon, Wunmi Mosaku.
System Details: DVD; Dolby Digital Stereo.; widescreen
Other Language: Subtitled for the deaf and hard of hearing
Subject Headings: Women detectives England Northumberland Drama Criminal investigation England Northumberland Drama
Genre/Form: Detective and mystery television programs
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
Mystery television programs
Topical Term: Women detectives
Criminal investigation
Publisher No: AMP8576 Acorn Media
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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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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."

If you have read and enjoyed the Vera Stanhope books, be prepared to be disappointed. The casting is questionable and the story lines are mangled. The results are the same, but the way that they get there is very different. People die in different ways, characters are removed and events are rearranged or just completely changed. They took good books, meddled with the details of the story and over simplified the plot.

May 22, 2012
  • xaipe rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

I was disappointed in this DVD set. Brenda Blethyn is a very good actress, but she is miscast as DCI Vera Stanhope. Her character has low energy and Blethyn herself seems as though she was not particularly interested in the action. The plots are thin and slow-paced which is a killer for a mystery. I really didn't care much who did the crime and my attention kept wandering. Set in Northumberland, England, the rugged scenery was interesting, but that's not enough to recommend it.

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