ITV Vera's Brenda Blethyn teases revelation from DCI Stanhope's family past as she spills on series 13 finale

ITV Vera's Brenda Blethyn teases revelation from DCI Stanhope's family past as she spills on series 13 finale

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Alex Davies

By Alex Davies

Published: 16/01/2024

- 12:36

Updated: 16/01/2024

- 15:53

The latest series of the ITV crime drama comes to an end on Sunday

Brenda Blethyn has given fans a taster of what to expect in the final feature-length instalment of Vera series 13 this weekend.

Titled Salt and Vinegar and written by episode two's writer Phil Mulryne, the third film in the series promises to see the latest run out with a bang.

While Blethyn hasn't revealed too many plot points, the 77-year-old has discussed how the season finale will show a "different" side to DCI Stanhope.

"There’s a scene where she is out doing the gardening at her cottage," Blethyn said of the finale.

She continued: "The script called for ‘relaxed Sunday clothes’. So Vera has got a pair of dungarees on and Wellington boots."

Delving into the significance behind the ensemble, Blethyn added to ITV: "The dungarees belonged to her dad Hector.

David Leon (left)

David Leon's Joe Ashworth and Brenda Blethyn's Vera Stanhope will see out series 13 on Sunday


"Vera is not very green-fingered. She did learn a thing or two from her mum. But her enthusiasm for it is not there.

"We also learn a little more about Vera’s past," Blethyn added.

The official synopsis for the finale also tees up what's bound to be an unmissable peek into Vera's history - as well as a gripping new case for the DCI to solve.

The plot reads: "DCI Vera Stanhope investigates when the body of the co-owner of a chip shop is found in his own freezer.

"A seemingly successful entrepreneur and dedicated family man, Vera uncovers secrets, lies and some unforgivable behaviour as she tries to unwrap the case.

"Once the investigation begins, it soon becomes apparent that our enigmatic entrepreneur has left behind debts, broken promises, ruined lives and seriously interfered in family business that was not his own.

"Who is responsible for this unsavoury chip shop assault and battery?" the ITV synopsis muses.

Fans will have to tune in to Salt and Vinegar to see how series 13 draws to a close - especially with Vera's future looking so uncertain.


Brenda Blethyn's Vera faces a new mystery in the series 13 finale


Before the 13th run began both Blethyn and Joe Ashworth star David Leon addressed the future of the ITV drama and neither were able to confirm more episodes were on there way.

In fact, Blethyn admitted she wanted to quit the series when Kenny Doughty left the show - only to have her mind changed by Leon's comeback,

While Leon himself has admitted: "Vera will continue for as long as the demand for it remains and Brenda feels like she can continue to surprise herself and be challenged by it.

"She puts so much into it and it is an exhausting shoot... We'll just have to wait and see if there will be."

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