Vera cast and crew spotted filming at South Shields fair as Ocean Beach Pleasure Park hosts award-winning detective series

Detective Chief Inspector Vera Stanhope has been on the scene of the crime series’ latest set – but we’ll have to wait until until it airs to find out just what ‘fun’ she’s been having at the fair.

Monday, 10th May 2021, 3:10 pm
Updated Monday, 10th May 2021, 4:33 pm

Star Brenda Blethyn was spotted along with production crew at Ocean Beach Pleasure Park in South Shields today, Monday, May 10, filming for the 11th series of the ITV detective drama.

The supersleuth’s trademark blue Land Rover Defender could be seen parked next to a police vehicle outside the amusements at the fair, with the detective inspector herself appearing in the doorway.

Meanwhile, production units were parked up at the rear of the fair beside the sand dunes.

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Filming of Vera at Ocean Beach Pleasure Park, with actress Brenda Blethyn as Vera Stanhope.

Indeed, Vera is no stranger to South Tyneside, with previous series also filmed at Ocean Beach and The Dragon nearby.

The award-winning North East-based show is made by Silverprint Pictures, which is part of ITV Studios, and its last series drew in an average of 7.5 million viewers in the UK, while 150 territories worldwide also get to glimpse the region as the backdrop of its stories.

As the series was confirmed, Brenda said: “I’m really looking forward to working on the next series of Vera.

Vera being filmed at Ocean Beach Pleasure Park in South Shields in 2021

"The safety of all personnel is always at the forefront of production, and with all the extra Covid precautions in place we will relish creating and delivering six cracking new episodes.”

The programme’s makers had to push back their schedule due to the pandemic.

Vera is commissioned by ITV’s Head of Drama Polly Hill and Drama Commissioner Huw Kennair Jones who said: “Vera is one of ITV Drama's most loved series so we're delighted it’s returning to production.

"We can't wait to welcome the brilliant Brenda Blethyn and the rest of the cast back on to our screens for what promises to be an exceptional series eleven.”

Filming of Vera at Ocean Beach Pleasure Park.

The six self-contained crime stories are inspired by the best-selling novels and characters created by crime writer Ann Cleeves.

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Vera being filmed at Ocean Beach Pleasure Park in South Shields in 2021
Vera being filmed at Ocean Beach Pleasure Park in South Shields in 2021