Vera ITV spin off a 'dead cert' as cast of hit drama reunite for filming

Vera stars David Leon, Rhiannon Clements, Brenda Blethyn, Riley Jones and Jon Morrison
Vera stars David Leon, Rhiannon Clements, Brenda Blethyn, Riley Jones and Jon Morrison -Credit:ITV

The end of Vera might be on the horizon, but experts are becoming increasingly confident that the much loved drama's legacy will be carried on by a spin-off show.

Just a week before filming was due to commence on the new series of Vera, it was confirmed that the two upcoming episodes will in fact be the last, as Brenda Blethyn prepares to say farewell to her legendary on screen alter-ego, having played her for over 13 years. The announcement on Vera's future arrived on April 22 with Brenda herself being quoted in an emotional statement from the lead actress.

The BAFTA winner told fans: "I’ll be forever grateful to the wonderful Ann Cleeves who created Vera, and to Elaine Collins who saw fit to cast me in the role. The producers, dream cast and crew have been fabulous and I’m going to miss them, but I won’t forget their huge talent, the camaraderie, laughter or kindness we shared nor the friendship of the people of the North East and our fans worldwide. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.”

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The Vera cast were reunited on the same it was announced the show would be wrapping up in 2025, as they sat down for a first read through of the scripts for the last feature length murder mysteries, before getting back in front of cameras in the North East to film them.

But, given the still very impressive ratings for Vera, with it seeing off competition from BBC Sunday night rival Call The Midwife earlier this year, bookies don't think series 14 will be the last we'll see of some of Vera's stars. As soon as it was confirmed Vera would be ending, fans quickly started to push for a spin-off and oddsmakers at firmly believe one will happen,. with odds on one being commissioned now slashed as low as 1/4.

The book has also been opened on who could lead any potential spin-off, with obvious candidates David Leon and Kenny Doughty put in the frame, as well as Happy Valley's Sarah Lancashire.