Blethyn's Vera gets fourth series
Brenda Blethyn's detective show Vera will return for a fourth series.
ITV has announced that the popular Northumberland-set detective series - which sees Brenda playing hard-nosed Detective Chief Inspector Vera Stanhope - will be back.
Geordie actor, director and producer David Leon, who starred in RocknRolla, will also return as trusty sidekick Sergeant Joe Ashworth.
The third series of Vera will be screened this summer, at the same time as Atonement actress Brenda and David return to the Northumberland countryside to shoot the fourth season.
Each one has four episodes and follows bad-tempered Vera, a character created by crime novelist Ann Cleeves, and her colleague Joe as they investigate crimes across the North East.
ITV has also revealed that one episode of series four will see David's character struggling to keep a professional distance when his daughter is a key witness in a case.
Vera producer Margaret Mitchell said: "The North East is a very special region of the country and we relish the opportunity to film on location in Northumberland.
"Vera is an obsessive character who is often bad-tempered and driven by her own demons. If it wasn't for her sheer genius, guile and courage when cracking a case I'm not sure Joe and her team would ordinarily tolerate the way she works."