Get all your news in one place.
100’s of premium titles.
One app.
Start reading
Chronicle Live
Chronicle Live
Simon Duke

Vera's Riley Jones lifts lid on unseen 'secrets' from ITV set as fans wait for news of new series

Riley Jones has lifted the lid on 'secrets' from set of Vera, including what the cast get up to between takes, as viewers wait for news on whether there'll be another series of the hit ITV drama.

North East actor Riley has been playing DC Mark Edwards in Vera for years now and played a key role in the show's 11th and 12th series, both of which have been on this year. After a hiatus of nearly a year, Vera returned to schedules in January, with the two 'missing' episodes from series 11 airing first, before fans of all things DCi Stanhope were treated to four feature length tales from series 12.

As with every run of Vera, it was over far too quickly for viewers' liking and there is currently no word on what the future holds for Brenda Blethyn's famous character, beyond The Rising Tide, the screen adaptation of Ann Cleeves; latest novel, which was filmed before Christmas.

READ MORE: BBC's Call The Midwife tours launch as fans invited to visit sets and locations featured in drama

Doubts surrounding Vera's future were heightened when star Kenny Doughty, who plays DS Aiden Healy, shared some photos from the Vera set on Instagram and captioned the post 'thank you for the memories,' without elaborating on what he was eluding to.

In the run up to series 12 finale The Darkest Evening airing, Riley admitted that he was 'waiting for the call' to film more Vera and has now opened up on what life is like on set, with Brenda, Kenny and other castmates.

And he's also given an insight into how things can be very different to how they appear on screen. Speaking to the Express, he explained: "A three-minute scene in the incident room could take three or four hours to film."

Riley also revealed that, while they enjoy a joke and doing crosswords together, many Vera stars try not to 'break' character between takes, singling out Brenda for particular praise, by adding: "She could be creased in laughter and when they're ready to roll, she just turns it on and she's ready to go."

He continued: "I don't think you could do a show like this for 12 years and not have a bit of fun and a laugh between set-ups and in between scenes.

*Sign up to get the latest TV and showbiz news straight to your inbox with the Chronicle TV and celebs newsletter. If you can't see the form below, click HERE


*Win a personalised Love Island merchandise bundle as new series final nears

*Dancing on Ice result sees Nile Wilson win after three way tie on final leaderboard

*BBC's Call the Midwife 'replacement' confirmed and it's an old favourite

*Win tickets for a tour of Emmerdale's famous set

*Ant McPartlin 'breaks' Saturday Night Takeaway rules amid chaos

Sign up to read this article
Read news from 100’s of titles, curated specifically for you.
Already a member? Sign in here
Related Stories
Top stories on inkl right now
One subscription that gives you access to news from hundreds of sites
Already a member? Sign in here
Our Picks
Fourteen days free
Download the app
One app. One membership.
100+ trusted global sources.