EVER SINCE the last episode of Heartbeat was broadcast a decade ago, actress Brenda Blethyn – who plays DI Vera Stanhope – has become, arguably, the country’s favourite TV detective.
Yet, while the ITV series Vera, inspired by the novels of Ann Cleeves, is predominantly set in Northumberland, the new series, which begins next Sunday, will break new ground.
It sees the detective, renowned for her weather-beaten hats and sturdy Land Rover, tasked with investigating a case featuring the world renowned Tan Hill Inn, Britain’s remotest pub.
And the fact that the 17th century Yorkshire Dales hostelry, the highest pub in the country, keeps its name, and distinct identity, in the drama is one up on Heartbeat where the Goathland Hotel was renamed as the Aidensfield Arms for the TV series. As such, it is to be hoped that Vera helps keep Yorkshire in the spotlight in 2020 – and rural criminals at bay.