#1 Vera: Exploring the Filming Locations of ITV’s Popular Crime Drama

Introduction: Vera Returns to Screens

Vera, the much-loved ITV drama, is finally returning to screens on Sunday, January 15th. After series 11 aired its first two episodes in summer 2021, before being pulled from schedules, the show was back on screen at the start of last year with two more episodes, before ‘going missing’ again, as it was replaced by The Good Karma Hospital and Trigger Point, despite there being two parts remaining.

The two stories – Vital Signs and Where The Wind Blows, will be the first two to air on season’s return, each lasting two hours; before the action then moves to series 12, which will bring with it a replacement for Paul Kaye as his character, pathologist Malcolm leaves the show.

The ‘Effect’ on Tourism

Whenever the North East-set series, based upon the Vera Stanhope novels by local author Ann Cleeves, appears in the TV schedules it always guarantees two things: firstly, that viewers can expect another wealth of top-notch storytelling featuring the crime-cracking sleuth and, secondly, the North East can expect another flood of visitors, wanting to see for themselves the location of the action and this tourist boost to the economy has become known as the ‘Vera effect’.

The Tour: Visiting Standout Locations

A Vera Tour even launched to take fans around the drama’s standout locations. The tour will take visitors to locations such as Amble and Morpeth, Darlington, Hartlepool, Newcastle and Durham. Brenda Blethyn, who plays the lead role of Vera, has praised the North East region, saying “I do love the North East. Everyone is so friendly. I will certainly continue to visit the area once Vera has finally hung up her hat. I’d recommend anyone to go. It’s just lovely.”

Series 12 locations include Amble, Morpeth, Darlington, Hartlepool, Newcastle, Durham, Corbridge and Holy Island. Series 11 locations include Blyth, Stamfordham, Matfen, South Shields, Elvaston Park Road, Hexham, Allendale village, Port of Sunderland and Marlborough Park in Washington.

As fans eagerly anticipate the return of the beloved crime drama, they can look forward to more top-notch storytelling, stunning locations and the return of Brenda Blethyn as the iconic sleuth, Vera Stanhope. With a new series comes new locations and new mysteries to solve, so get ready to set your DVR and get comfy on the sofa for another slice of Vera action.

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