Thursday, 19 May 2011


[6.38 - French Time] ITV1 has commissioned a second series of Vera, its crime drama based on the Vera Stanhope books written by Ann Cleeves.

Brenda Blethyn will return as DCI Vera Stanhope, a Northumberland police detective, in four new 120-minute episodes. Vera is produced by ITV Studios and co-financed by Northern Film & Media, which will change its status from regional screen agency to private company. This change is due to the demise of regional funders One North East (which supported Vera) and the UK Film Council.

The One North East development agency, along with all the English regional development agencies (RDAs), will close at the end of March 2012 because of the replacement of RDAs by local enterprise partnerships. Northern Film & Media also co-finances BBC crime drama Inspector George Gently's fourth series.

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