When does ‘Vera’ Season 8 start on ITV?

Golden Globe award-winning actress Brenda Blethyn returns as DCI Vera Stanhope this month.

Based on the bestselling Inspector Stanhope novels by Ann Cleeves, ITV’s top-rating crime drama is back for an eighth season.

The first of four new feature-length stories airs at 8pm on Sunday 7 January on ITV.

‘Blood & Bone’ sees DCI Vera Stanhope called to a chilling murder scene when the charred remains of a body are discovered in an abattoir incinerator. With limited forensic evidence, she is disturbed to identify the body as DC Harry Fenton, a respected police officer from the Northumberland & City Fraud Unit.

First broadcast in May 2011, Vera is set around Newcastle and the stunning Northumberland countryside.