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Vera's Brenda Blethyn admits 'doubts' over her future in ITV drama before series finale

Brenda Blethyn has told Vera fans to 'watch this space' when it comes to the future of the ITV drama, admitting that she's left feeling like she 'can't do it any more' at the end of each series.

Six weeks after the much loved show made its return to screen after close to a year away, Vera fans will soon have to adjust to Sunday nights without once again, as the last episode of its current run airs on Sunday, February 19. The series will culminate with the dramatic tale of The Darkest Evening, the fourth episode of Vera's 12th series.

The story, written by Ann Cleeves, sees Brenda famous TV alias having to confront her past and the strained relationship with her family, after being caught up in a violent storm. Brenda has spoken about how she and her fellow cast members got drenched during filming for the episode, thanks to some unpleasant weather and added artificial rain and a wind machine on set.

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The two hour Vera series finale has been branded 'unmissable' by North East writer Ann and Brenda, 76, has admitted that the fact that Ann keeps writing more stories, is one of the main reason she keeps coming back to Vera.

Speaking about her future on the show, the BAFTA winner said: "Every time we finish a series I say I’m not going to be doing any more. But then I change my mind. Usually it means six months away from home in Kent for me and in 2022 it was the best part of 10 months.“

She continued: "So when we finish filming, as we just have, I always say, ‘I really don’t think I can do this anymore.’ But then I have a rest and get my appetite back again and change my mind. I suddenly might get a bright idea about what to do with Vera and suggest who might be cast in it.“

Opening up on her emotional connection to the show and her role as Vera, Brenda added: "The emotional feeling also comes in - thinking of all of the other people who are still there who do want to do more. And Ann Cleeves is currently writing her11th Vera novel. So that hasn’t been dealt with on screen yet and you feel like you’d be letting her down. All of that goes on. Never say never. Things happen, circumstances change. Enthusiasm and opinions change. So watch this space.”

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