Vera star Brenda Blethyn details strict on set rules We werent allowed
Brenda Blethyn recalls 'losing her Vera hat' on set
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Last Sunday, Vera fans tuned in to watch the final episode of series 11 of the ITV cop drama. DCI Vera Stanhope (played by Brenda Blethyn) was back with her sidekick, Aiden Healy (Kenny Doughty), as they attempted to solve another murder. However, fans were gutted to learn there were only two episodes of series 11 being aired due to the coronavirus pandemic. The final four episodes of series 11 will be available to watch in 2022.
Last year, production for the ITV drama was put on hold for quite some time due to the pandemic.
When the cast and crew were able to return to work, TV bosses were forced to put restrictions in place so that they could film the series safely.
Brenda, who has played Vera since the cop drama began, said she was glad to be “starting work” again.
However, she went on to admit she was also nervous about it because of Covid.
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She said: “We were in the middle of a global pandemic and nobody was safe really.
“But when it was explained to me about all the precautions to be set in place – and my word they were very, very thorough, I became a little less nervous.
“I was quizzed on the phone by a Covid detective, and medicals were carried out to make sure I wasn’t too vulnerable.
“Medicals are necessary anyway for any filming for insurance purposes. They really just want to know you’re going to make it to the end of the shoot.”
Speaking about the difficulties while filming for series 11, Brenda continued: “Covid did make it more difficult to film.
“It lengthened the filming time of each episode by about a week.
“To start with the Covid protocol made it a little bit inhibiting but we soon got used to it. It became a sort of dance.
“If somebody approached you, you naturally stepped backwards. And if anyone did forget, the Covid marshals were over to you with a long stick. Not to hit you with but to make sure you were the appropriate distance apart.”
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“On the first day back filming I think everyone felt a huge sense of pride,” she added.
“That we had all come together, we were all putting our best foot forward to try and get this done.
“We all knew it would be difficult with all the restrictions.”
The Vera actress went on to explain because she and Kenny shot most of their scenes together, they decided to form a bubble together.
The duo ended up staying in apartments next door to each other, although, one of the restrictions meant they weren’t allowed any visitors.
She explained: “Very nice for me – not so for him! Our apartments are next door to one another. We weren’t allowed, visitors.
“Even my husband wasn’t allowed to visit unless he’d been Covid tested or quarantined beforehand.
“Even Vera’s hat and coat couldn’t be handed to me. They were put in a special bag. So, when I turned up on set Vera’s clothes will have been delivered to my trailer having been sprayed or whatever it is they put inside a hanging bag.”
Vera is available to watch on the ITV Hub.
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