Vote for top TV detective in crime awards

Brenda Blethyn as Vera.
Brenda Blethyn as Vera.

A fictional detective who covers Northumberland, has been shortlisted in a crime writing and drama awards scheme.

DCI Vera Stanhope, the main character in the novels by Ann Cleeves and subsequently the star of the major ITV series, is in the running to win the Lee Child Award for Best Loner or Detective in the Dead Good Reader Awards.

The ITV show, based on the books by Ann Cleeves, returned to the small screen earlier this year for the fifth series, and is filmed on location across Northumberland and North Tyneside.

Brenda Blethyn, who plays lead role, said at the time: “I’m amazed at how popular it’s become, delighted.

“There’s a lot of detective shows at the moment, there’s a real thirst for them, but as far as Vera’s concerned, I think it’s because she’s so ordinary and a lot of people can relate to her and the fact that there’s this ordinary woman commanding the respect of her team in a very responsible job, and people say three cheers for that.”

The awards will be presented at the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival in Harrogate on Thursday, July 17.

The winner will be decided by a public vote at