Vera ITV return 'demanded' as viewers take aim at Midsomer Murders new series

Vera's Riley Jones, Brenda Blethyn and Rhiannon Clements
Vera's Riley Jones, Brenda Blethyn and Rhiannon Clements -Credit:ITV

Vera fans are willing the hit drama to return as soon as possible, or even repeats of old episodes be shown, as the new series of Midsomer Murders came under fire on Sunday night.

It's been nearly three months know since devotees of all things DCI Stanhope got their last fix of new Vera action, as series 13 came to an end after just three episodes, following Kenny Doughty's departure in Christmas special. The Rising Tide and the reunion of leading lady Brenda Bletyhn and original sidekick David Leon.

Fans were gutted that the latest season was shorter than expected, but both pleased and relieved when, after some speculation surrounding Vera's future, it was confirmed that it will indeed be back for two more feature length episodes next year, with filming on those due to commence later this month.

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Often going head to head with BBC rival Call The Midwife, Vera is the ITV drama most famous for occupying the 8-10pm slot, which i8s exactly where Midsomer Murders aired on Sunday, as it returned for its 23rd series. New mystery, The Blacktrees Prophecy, saw Barnaby and Winter investigate the death of a man whose body was found in a bombproof shelter, as guest stars like EastEnders and Strictly's Nina Wadia and comedy icon Kate Robbins joined them.

However, as they tried to persevere with the two hour episode, a number of viewers took to X (Twitter) to complain, as they longed for Vera to be back on screen. Voicing their frustrations online, one critic wrote: "Don't know why but no matter how hard I try to like this show I can never get into it. Just bring back Vera."

Equally unimpressed, a second posted: "John Nettles made this show when he finished it went downhill still watchable but a difficult one, to be honest.”

Those fans who did enjoy Midsomer Murders' return are now seeking answers after the rest of the new series has been 'shelved' by ITV after just one episode. Next Sunday will see Britain's Got Talent and new thriller Red eye air in its place, with no indication yet as to when the remaining three parts will air.