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My screenshot from Season 6, Episode 4 of Vera, a very fine police drama starring Brenda Blethyn, set in and around Newcastle in north-east England (a region further north than some parts of Scotland)

If you have never seen this ITV drama, currently in its 7th season, then I highly recommend it. Based on novels by Ann Cleeves, it is very unlike most other police detective dramas, focusing as it does on human lives affected by a murder, as well as on the complex causes that can lead to the crime.

DCI Vera Stanhope (played by the wonderful Brenda Blethyn, still acting at 71) is not a stereotypical TV police detective. Among other things, she has no irritating boss with whom she is in conflict - she is the boss, and leads her very realistic team with considerable expertise, energy and acerbic humour.

Another feature of the series is the area of north-east England (map link) in which it is set, which is sometimes bleak, sometimes beautiful and often both, as the excellent cinematography shows - and see the link below.

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[Stunning North East scenery where Vera is filmed]
[A 1280x1024 wallpaper version of the image]