A trailer for Ann Cleeves’s Vera on ITV and an interview with Brenda Blethyn

As noted in a previous post, this series airs on ITV1 on Sunday May 1, at 8pm.  A trailer is now available online, via Pan Macmillan, on Vimeo (link here for other videos from them).  I admit speaking to Ann last year at Harrogate and expressing concern that Brenda Blethyn was renowned for her ‘ditzy’ performances.  Ann told me of the hard work and dedication Blethyn was putting into her performance and her concentration on getting the accent right.  It certainly shows in this trailer; what a wonderful performance from Blethyn.  Could this turn out to be the best received new (or indeed existing) TV crime drama in the UK this year, and the best performance?  Find out more about Ann and her work here, with the Vera Stanhope novels on this page. For reading them in order? Start here on Amazon with the first in the series.  Collectors’ signed editions for this author can be found here.

And here’s an interview with Brenda Blethyn about her performance and the series, with more clips. I have dated, diarised and alarmed for Vera.  Have you?