Featuring: Brenda Blethyn, Ann Cleeves, Paul Rutman and Elaine Collins. As crabby as Columbo, the unglamorous, brilliant, down-to-earth detective Vera Stanhope has attracted a legion of fans worldwide. The flagship ITV drama stars the very glamorous and double Oscar-nominated actress Brenda Blethyn. We’re lucky enough to hear from writer Ann Cleeves, the visionary behind Vera, as she discusses her creation of Vera with none other than Brenda Blethyn herself. The two will be joined by screenwriter Paul Rutman and producer Elaine Collins, who discovered a copy of the first Vera novel in an Oxfam shop and remarkably went on to bring the books to life for millions of TV viewers. TV Panel: Vera was recorded live at Harrogate International Festivals' Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival in July 2013. Podcast music by Joseph McDade.