‘Have to be more cautious,’ Vera CEO says of the cast keeping their distance.


VERA’s executive producer revealed how the cast keep their distance when they are spotted on location by the public.

ITV’s British crime drama, Vera returned to screens in August with the first few episodes from season 11. Since its first release in 2011, the series was a huge hit with viewers, who occasionally gathered to watch the crew film while on location. However, executive producer Phil Hunter opened up about the cast keeping their distance during the pandemic.


With fans of the series often trying to spot production and occasionally gathering to watch, Phil was asked if that ever caused any problems.

The producer responded: “Pre-pandemic there were times when we’d be spotted on location and we would get an enormous number of people turning up, including families with their kids, to stand on the sidelines and watch.”

He admitted: “Brenda and the rest of the cast really value this support, the love the region’s fans have for Vera is wonderful.

“It doesn’t really cause a problem in terms of the attention it gives us, as long as the crowd stays out of shot and of course quiet during each take,” Phil explained.

He added: “Seeing people’s enthusiasm for the show is a lovely thing.”

However, since the Covid-19 pandemic, the rules and restrictions including social distancing were enforced on set when production resumed.

This included members of the public who would watch on location, Phil explained: “We have had to be a little more cautious during the pandemic.

“When running a Covid compliant shoot and filming during lockdown we couldn’t be responsible for encouraging gatherings that shouldn’t be happening,” he stated.

The producer disclosed: “Again, that’s about wanting to keep people safe. It doesn’t really cause too many problems, but we do need people to keep their distance from each other and from the unit.”

The stunning beaches and views of the town which fans see through the series are in fact the county of Northumberland.

Whereas, the Holy Island of Lindisfarne, which is where DCI Vera Stanhope’s (played by Brenda Blethyn) home is.

The actress revealed: “The exterior of Vera’s home is on Holy Island, while the interior is a set at our Wallsend studio base.”

Brenda went on to add: “The studio interior is an exact replica of what it’s really like on Lindisfarne. Sometimes when I’m on set I forget. “Brinkwire Summary News”.


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