On the set of Brenda Blethyn’s drama, Vera boss addresses “issues.”
VERA is finally back on screens with its much-anticipated season 11, but a showrunner has spoken out about issues the staff faced on set before of the debut.
The first episode of ITV’s beloved crime drama’s 11th season aired this week. Vera debuted on the network in 2011 and immediately became a phenomenon, attracting millions of followers around the world. Many of them were forced to wait after the Covid-19 pandemic halted filming and caused complications on set, according to Executive Producer Phil Hunter.
DCI Vera Stanhope (Brenda Blethyn) and her partner Aidan Healy (Kenny Doughty) worked for the Northumberland & City Police and investigated homicides.
Vera was thrown back into action with the discovery of local builder Jim Tullman’s (Gavin Kitchrn) dead body on Sunday, August 29, around 8 p.m.
He had been battered to death and was discovered on the steps of Tynemouth’s Collingwood Monument.
When Vera learned that Jim was scheduled to testify against talented player Marcus Hynde (Lewis Cope), who was facing GBH charges, the inquiry began.
Season 11’s production did not go as smoothly as the showrunners had hoped.
The filming of Vera, like the rest of the film and television industry, was hampered by the Covid-19 outbreak.
When the decision was made to resume filming, a slew of issues developed, necessitating adjustments.
“Where it becomes a little more troublesome is within the household settings,” Phil Hunter, Executive Producer, explained.
He explained, “I know a lot of shows have struggled with this because you need the team to keep their distance.”
To solve the problems, “we chose larger sites, larger residences than we would typically choose, so you have enough space for technicians and artists to operate safely in the room.”
“Then, if a smaller room is needed, such as a flat, we’ve started building sets for those smaller locations,” he continued.
“While it appears little on camera, we have detachable partitions so you can operate safely,” Phil explained. I would also encourage writers to re-stage sequences outside if we had the opportunity.“
The procedural drama returned to screens and was greeted with “Brinkwire Summary News,” indicating that the production efforts had paid off.