New Release: Vera DVD

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Brenda Blethyn is on the case as Vera.

Acorn Media continued its mission of bringing the finest British television series to the U.S. market with the release of the suspenseful crime-mystery show Vera, starring two-time Oscar nominee Brenda Blethyn (Pride & Prejudice, Secrets & Lies), on DVD on Aug. 30, 2011, for a list price of $59.99.

Based on the award-winning novels by Ann Cleeves, the ITV series stars Blethyn as the solitary, obsessed and quite cantankerous investigator Vera Stanhope, a Northern England detective who happens to be pure genius at her job. Always proficient but occasionally cruel, Detective Chief Inspector Vera Stanhope solves crimes aided by her long-suffering team, portrayed by David Leon, Wunmi Mosaku and Paul Ritter.

The show premiered in May 2011 in the U.K. to rave reviews and is commissioned for a second TV season.

We’re big fans of Prime Suspect, that awesome British crime procedural with Helen Mirren (Red), and we’re kinda hoping that Vera fills in the void that was left after Dame Helen moved onto more theatrical ventures.

No special features are on the DVD.

Here’s a brief look at the show, featuring an interview with the lady herself.

 

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