Vera's Ann Cleeves gives final series update after visit to ITV set during filming

As she prepares to release the book that the new episodes are set to be based on, Vera author Ann Cleeves has paid a visit to the set of the hit drama, as the cast and crew film the last ever series.

North East writer Ann is the person responsible for bringing Brenda Blethyn's character to life in the pages of her books, with her collection of DCI Stanhope novels the foundation of Vera's global success, which as well as seeing it run for 13 years on ITV, has earned it a fanbase across the world, with viewers in likes of Australia, Japan and Australia all thoroughly hooked.

There was some bad news for Vera fans last month, when it was announced that the show will wrap up next year, after 14 series and now, Brenda and cast members like returning sidekick David Leon, Riley Jones and Jon Morrison have been busy shooting scenes for the final two feature length mysteries, which are set to be aired on ITV1 in early 2025.

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And Ann reunited with them on Wednesday, taking to X (Twitter) after her visit to write: "A lovely afternoon on the #Vera set. Inside and out of the rain with the warmest and most friendly TV team. Thanks to everyone" Ann's post quickly got a lot of comments, with one of her followers replying: "Oh , I’m so sad that Vera is ending but thank you so much for her" and another writing: "Love Vera but I too was out in that rain in Cramlington and it wasn't nice. Kudos for continuing filming in it!"

Ann first teased the release of Vera novel The Dark Wives when she joined lead actress Brenda at this year's Royal Television Society North East awards in Gateshead. While Vera was beaten to the Drama prize and Brenda lost out in the acting category, she and Ann were on stage to present a trophy to one of the others winners on the night.