The star of crime series Vera has said how delighted she is at the popularity of the Northumberland-based show.
The ITV show, based on the books by Ann Cleeves, returned to the small screen recently for the fifth series.
Brenda Blethyn, who plays lead role Detective Vera Stanhope, said: “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.
“There are lots of people who would like Vera in the police force.”
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