ITV has confirmed details for Vera series 11, with Brenda Blethyn's detective DCI Vera Stanhope returning for six new feature-length episodes.
The 10th series of the hit show aired earlier this year, though it seems fans will have to wait longer than usual for new series.
The first two new episodes will air in 2021, with production due to begin this autumn, while the remaining four will be broadcast in 2022.
Alongside Blethyn, series 11 will see the return of Kenny Doughty as Detective Sergeant Aiden Healy, Jon Morrison as DC Kenny Lockhart, Riley Jones as DC Mark Edwards and Ibinabo Jack as DC Jacqueline Williams.
The episodes will begin with the body of a well-respected local builder called Jim Tullman being found beaten to death, leading Stanhope to question how such a beloved figure could be attacked so violently.
Things deepen when she learns that Tullman was due to testify as a key witness in a violent assault, and also discovers the bitterness between his estranged wife and doting son, while old family tensions threaten to boil over.
"I'm really looking forward to working on the next series of Vera," Blethyn said. "The safety of all personnel is always at the forefront of production, and with all the extra COVID precautions in place we will relish creating and delivering six cracking new episodes."
"In the wake of the pandemic I'm especially thrilled to announce the return of Vera," executive producer Phil Hunter added. "Like many productions we had to postpone filming back in March and simultaneously begin working on a plan as to how we could bring the series back.
"The brilliant thing about drama production is the creativity, innovation and drive that is present in all who work in it, both in front of and behind the camera.
"Vera is coming back stronger than ever with six new episodes, and whilst we will be following COVID protocols that will keep everyone safe; the work environment will be just as creative allowing everyone to deliver their best work."
Vera will return to ITV in 2021.
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