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Vera 2017: Interview

“THE North East is the best kept secret in the country. It’s absolutely beautiful.”

Vera star Brenda Blethyn talking to me ahead of series seven, which begins on ITV at 8pm this Sunday (March 19).

It’s always a pleasure to talk to Brenda. This encounter was for the Vera production notes, with a link to the full ITV interview further down this page.

I’ve seen all four, two-hour films in the new series and can confirm we’re in for some more top class drama from Vera and co.

The superb regular cast joined by a number of notable guest actors, some you will know and some you will not.

With a classic final few scenes in the last episode to delight all those both in the UK and around the world who love Vera.

The opening story – Natural Selection – takes her to the Farne Islands and Craster, just two of many wonderful Northumberland locations in this series.

Later episodes featuring Newcastle’s Quayside, Tynemouth, Gateshead, the historic Groverake mine headframe in Weardale and more of Northumberland and the wider North East. Continue reading

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Black Work: Sheridan Smith

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“IT must be a horrible feeling to trust someone and then find out they weren’t who they said they were.”

Sheridan Smith talking to me about her role as Jo Gillespie in new three-part drama Black Work.

It’s always a pleasure to speak to Sheridan and this latest encounter came just after she had been to Buckingham Palace to collect her OBE from Prince William:

“An unforgettable day. Absolutely magical, like a dream. I will never, ever, forget it.” Continue reading

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