British Crime Drama Vera to End With Season 14 on ITV

DCI Vera Stanhope is about to solve her final mystery.

The British crime drama Vera, which airs across the pond on ITV (and streams Stateside via BritBox and Roku Channel), will come to an end with its upcoming 14th season, ITV announced Monday.

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Season 14 will consist of only two episodes, but they will each span two hours.

“Working on Vera has been a joy from beginning to end and I’m sad to be saying Cheerio. But I am so proud of our achievements over the last 14 years,” said series star Brenda Blethyn, who has played the show’s title character since its inception. “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.”

Added executive producer Kate Bartlett: “It is the end of an era and has been an extraordinary journey over 14 amazing series of Vera. So many wonderful and talented people have been involved in the making of Vera across all the series, but none of us would be here without two incredible women: Firstly, the absolutely extraordinary talent of the inimitable Brenda Blethyn. She is brilliant as DCI Vera Stanhope, a truly iconic character of our times. And — of course — the amazing Ann Cleeves, author of the original novels and creator of DCI Vera Stanhope. We will all be very sad to say goodbye to Brenda and everyone involved in making the show.”

Based on Cleeves’ series of Vera Stanhope novels, Vera premiered on ITV in May 2011 and has starred Blethyn as the titular detective chief inspector as she and her team face a series of murder mysteries. Over the years, Vera alumni have included Wunmi Mosaku (Loki), Cush Jumbo (The Good Fight) and Kingsley Ben-Adir (Secret Invasion).

Production on Vera‘s final season will get underway this summer. Will you miss the show?

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