Vera fans got themselves into a right panic (Picture: ITV)
Brenda Blethyn was quick to respond to concerned Vera fans following the series 13 finale.
On Sunday night, the nation’s favourite detective struck again when she managed to solve the mystery behind a chip shop owner’s death discovered in his own freezer.
Naturally, fans were loving the drama but were freaking out that this was the end of Vera for good.
‘Why are lots here saying this is the last #Vera ?? Have I missed something??’’ particularly frightened X user Swalk wrote.
Brenda took to the social media platform to clear up confusion though, posting: ‘it’s not the last.’
Far from it actually as ITV has now confirmed that two new feature length episodes will be filmed in spring this year, likely to air at the beginning of 2025.
Brenda was quick to calm everyone down (Picture: Brenda Blethyn/X)
Brenda’s not going anywhere – yet(Picture: Ken McKay/ITV/Shutterstock)
Obviously plot details are being kept under lock and key for now but Brenda will be back as DCI Vera Stanthorpe, don’t you worry, and David Leon looks set to return as DI Joe Ashworth.
Brenda admitted ahead of series 13 she almost quit playing Vera following the exit of Kenny Doughty, who starred as DS Aiden Healy for eight series until he confirmed his departure in 2023.
‘After we filmed The Rising Tide at the end of 2022 I didn’t want to do any more without Kenny Doughty, who had decided to leave.
David Leon managed to convince Brenda to play more Vera (Picture: ITV)
‘But I said, “I’ll think about it if you can see if David Leon is available to return as Joe Ashworth.” And so they did and here I am.’
She continued: ‘I was broken-hearted when David left after Series Four and equally overjoyed when I heard he was coming back as the relationship between Vera and Joe worked so well.
‘They have all of that early history together. I wouldn’t have continued if David had not agreed to come back. I just didn’t want to start another board game with somebody else when I know I’m not going to do many more. And who would want to do it anyway?’
Vera is available to stream on ITVX.
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