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ITV crime drama Vera returns to Northumberland

Brenda Blethyn as DCI Vera Stanhlope Credit: ITV

Filming has begun in the North East for series five of the ITV crime drama Vera.

Brenda Blethyn has reprised her role as DCI Vera Stanhope alongside actor Kenny Doughty, who will join the show as DS Aiden Healy.

The four new episodes, based on the characters created by novelist Ann Cleeves, will be broadcast next year.

Prior to filming Brenda said: “ I am so happy to be embarking on series five. Northumberland here we come!’

Filming will continue until Autumn 2014.

Click here to watch Brenda Blethyn on Lorraine.