Acorn TV has secured the U.S. SVOD premiere of series 5 of the British detective drama Vera, starring two-time Oscar nominee Brenda Blethyn (Little Voice, Secrets & Lies), the company announced. The season’s four new standalone television movies be available beginning on July 6.
Acorn TV specializes in bringing British programming to North American audiences, including the U.S. premiere of the of BBC thriller The Driver, starring David Morrissey. It also carries Australian series such as Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries and A Place to Call Home, and it recently aired the U.S. premieres of the New Zealand series The Brokenwood Mysteries and Harry.
Based on characters from Ann Cleeves best-selling series novels, Vera stars Blethyn as detective chief inspector Vera Stanhope of the fictional Northumberland & City Police in North East England. In series 5, she is joined by new co-star Kenny Doughty, who plays troubled new recruit detective superintendent Aiden Healy.
ITV premiered series 5 of Vera in the U.K. in April 2015, and select public television stations in the U.S. are currently airing it through syndicator American Public Television. Acorn will also release the season on DVD in September 2015.