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If you've been wondering about a season 12 of Vera and when it might premiere, you're not alone. Fans of the series – and of 76-year-old Brenda Blethyn – are well aware that with every passing season, it grows less likely we'll get another.
Though Blethyn looks quite youthful for her age, we all know there aren't too many 70 or 80-somethings still working as homicide detectives. Back in 2008, Sir David Jason quit A Touch of Frost because of his age, saying, “It's time to move on. Frost is getting a little long in the tooth – it's time for Frost to hang up his coat and scarf.” He was just 68 at the time.
As much as we love Vera and Brenda Blethyn, it does seem that at some point, she or producers may come to a similar conclusion.
The good news? That time hasn't yet arrived – and all signs suggest season 12 of Vera IS happening.
And as a side note, we would LOVE to see a version or spin-off of Vera that continues on into her retirement – like a cozy mystery that isn't quite as cozy (because let's face it, Vera is no Miss Marple and Northumberland is no St. Mary Mead).
What's Vera About?
Just in case you've completely missed the boat on this one, we'll re-cap.
Vera follows DCI Vera Stanhope, a disheveled but clever detective who works for the fictional Northumberland & City Police. Though you might not know it to look at her attire, she's a uniquely talented detective – and obsessive about her work.
In spite of her prickliness, Vera forms close friendships with her younger sergeants. The talented Brenda Blethyn (Kate & Koji, Chance in a Million) stars as DCI Vera Stanhope, while sergeant Joe Ashworth is played by David Leon and Aiden Healy is played by Kenny Doughty.
The series is based on the books of Ann Cleeves, though most episodes are not based on a specific book (there are far more episodes than books).
In the US, you can watch Vera HERE. Most seasons have migrated to BritBox, but season 7 remains on Acorn TV.
Is There Going to Be a Season 12 of Vera?
While ITV hasn't made an official announcement (they're almost always a bit slow on that front), season 12 is currently filming in Northumberland.
Last month, Blethyn mentioned filming would commence in March, and she hinted that the first episode involves someone found dead on a boat. She also mentioned she has no plans for retirement yet, saying:
I haven’t got any plans to [retire]. At the moment, all the time I’m fit and able, I’ll be visiting Vera.
In the last few days, a number of people have spotted her and the film crew out and about. You can see some photos from the tweet below:
Brenda Blethyn returns to North East as filming kicks off for new series of ITV Vera https://t.co/uW3hVJ0EX7
— 💃✨Barbara Champion ✨💃 (@agranto6) March 16, 2022
A guest actor also tweeted about the ongoing production:
— Flamingo Family (@GeordieFlamingo) March 17, 2022
We're thrilled to know Blethyn continues to be in good health, and that the production has been able to continue.
When Will Season 12 of Vera Premiere?
It's still too early to know when Vera will return to our screens, but the series has traditionally filmed in spring/summer and then aired in winter – often, in January.
Given that they're in production now, it would be reasonable to assume we can expect to see new episodes in late 2021 or early 2022. There's no certainty until ITV gives a date, though.
In the US, we can expect to see Vera on BritBox. In the past, they've premiered on BritBox US right around the same time as the UK premiere (unlike shows like Shakespeare & Hathaway or Death in Paradise where there's often a long wait).
Enjoy the Vera Books While You Wait
If you haven't already, you can pass the time waiting for Series 11 by reading Ann Cleeves's Vera Stanhope series of novels.
- The Crow Trap (1999)
- Telling Tales (2005)
- Hidden Depths (2007)
- Silent Voices (2011)
- The Glass Room (2012)
- Harbour Street (2014)
- The Moth Catcher (2015)
- The Seagull (2017)
- The Darkest Evening (2020)
- The Rising Tide (2022) PRE-ORDER
You can read more about the Vera book series HERE.
Will You Be Tuning in for Season 12 of Vera?
Though we never thought it would last so long, we're glad to know Vera will be back on our screens once more. Will you be tuning in for season 12?