ONE of my earliest encounters with Brenda Blethyn was when she played Miriam Dervish in Outside Edge.

She gave full interview value then and has done so ever since.

While retaining that mischievous twinkle in her eye and ability to giggle.

We met up again earlier this year to talk all things Vera Рahead of the drama’s return to ITV1 at 9pm this Sunday night.