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Thursday 27 November 2014

Blethyn: Husbands don't fancy Vera

Brenda Blethyn is back on our screens for more Vera
Brenda Blethyn is back on our screens for more Vera

Brenda Blethyn thinks she knows at least one reason why her straight-talking detective alter-ego Vera is a hit with viewers - she's not a threat.

The actress is about to begin filming the fourth series of the ITV show, with the third instalment about to hit our screens.

"I couldn't believe they commissioned another one, I thought 'Cor, that's really nice'," she said.

The show focuses primarily on crimes, revealing little about the police squad's lives.

Brenda said: "Vera isn't a threat to anybody. The husbands aren't thinking, 'Phwoar, I'd like to give her one!'."

But the actress admitted: "Although I have had a few letters."

She said of working with Cutting It's David Leon, who plays Vera's sidekick Detective Sergeant Joe Ashworth: "I don't think he knows he's handsome... He's a very clever chap."

From The Fall to Broadchurch and Scott And Bailey, female TV detectives appear to be going through a golden period, but the Secrets And Lies actress added: "Somebody asked me if it's nice to see women come back. I said, 'What do you mean, come back? We've been here all along!'."

:: Vera returns to on ITV on Sunday August 25.

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