Vera cast and crew spotted filming Series 11 in South Tyneside

The cameras for hit ITV detective series Vera have been spotted rolling in South Shields.

Star Brenda Blethyn, who plays quick-thinking DCI Vera Stanhope, as well as other stars have been seen filming scenes for the forthcoming series in South Shields today, Wednesday, November 25.

Cast and crew – as well as Vera’s distinctive blue jeep – were spotted at Ocean Road Community Association, changing the name to Lean Road Community Association, where they filmed for a number of hours.

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As well its gripping storylines, Vera is well known for shining a light on locations across the North East.

Brenda Blethyn on the Vera filming set at Ocean Road Community Association waving at fans

Following a delay due to the coronavirus pandemic, filming for series 11 of Vera is now under way. In August, ITV confirmed Brenda Blethyn will return to the role of DCI Vera Stanhope for six ‘emotionally compelling’ feature length episodes set against the backdrop of the North East.

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Two episodes will be filmed this autumn until Christmas for broadcast in 2021 and the remaining four episodes will go into production from spring 2021 to be broadcast the following year.

Brenda Blethyn said previously: “I’m really looking forward to working on the next series of Vera. 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.”

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Brenda Blethyn on the Vera filming set at Ocean Road Community Association.

The eleventh series, based on the novels by Ann Cleeves, opens when the body of well-respected local builder, Jim Tullman, is found beaten to death on the steps of the Collingwood Monument.

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Vera filming set at Ocean Road Community Association.
The Ocean Road Community Association sign was temporarily changed to Lean Road for filming.
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Vera filming set at Ocean Road Community Association.
Crowds gather to see Brenda Blethyn on the Vera filming set at Ocean Road Community Association.
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Vera filming set at Ocean Road Community Association.