Vera's Brenda Blethyn backed to avoid ITV 'death' as drama set for dangerous finale

Vera's Brenda Blethyn and the famous Land Rover
Vera's Brenda Blethyn and the famous Land Rover -Credit:ITV

Brenda Blethyn is being backed to 'survive' her final episodes of Vera, with bookies tipping her to escape being killed off as the hit drama comes to an end.

There was huge upset amongst fans of the much loved ITV show at the start of this week when it was confirmed by bosses that Vera will wrap up in 2025, by which point it will have been on screen for 14 years. BAFTA winner Brenda first stepped into the shoes of her now legendary character 2011, with her and sidekick David Leon being joined on screen by a young Sam Fender in Hidden Depths, as the then teenage star became the very first person to be murdered in Vera.

The most recent episodes of Vera aired on ITV1 in January, with a shorter run of just three episodes, after fans were treated to Christmas special The Rising Tide on Boxing Day. And it's been announced that Vera's 14th and final series will consist of just two feature length tales, with filming set to get going this week.

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Confirmation that Vera will end next year, sparked speculation on whether there might be a spin-off show and, as well as offering odds on that and who could lead it, with former Vera star Kenny Doughty and Happy Valley icon Sarah Lancashire the names that have been linked. Something else oddsmakers at have opened the book on is whether or not Vera will be killed off, especially after a teaser for author Ann Cleeves' new book The Dark Wives hinted at DCI Stanhope's 'most dangerous' investigation yet.

However, experts thing Brenda's famous alias with escape with her life, with the odds of her 'surviving' the final episode being 1/4, compared to 3/1 on her being killed off.

Odds on a Vera spin-off are also 1/4, with 3/1 offered on ITV changing their minds and bringing the show back.