Vera season 11 trailer from ITV
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Vera fans will be delighted as the remaining episodes of series 11 will air next month. The first two instalments of the ITV drama aired earlier this year, although, production was put on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic. DCI Vera Stanhope (played by Brenda Blethyn) and her sidekick Aiden Healy (Kenny Doughty) will be back to solve another set of murders. DC Kenny Lockhart (Jon Morrison) DC Mark Edwards (Riley Jones) and DC Jac Williams (Ibinabo Jack) will also be back.
However, in an exclusive interview with Express.co.uk, the actor who plays Mark Edwards addressed his future on the ITV series.
Riley went on to admit that Vera is a huge part of his life, as he had been on the programme since it began in 2011.
When asked about whether he wanted to stay on the show, Riley simply replied: “Yeah, totally.
“I mean with the added uncertainty of the pandemic there’s always that thing of, to be working is really important and that it always has been but now you’ve got this added uncertainty.”
The actor continued: “But also I think because we have seen this character come from that first scene as a PC in uniform.
“And the kind of the excitement of being able to really develop a character and get the opportunity to explore and expand on that small role, so yeah I’m happy to be there for as long as the show runs really.
“If other [acting jobs] things work around the Vera schedule then I am not going to turn work down.
“But when it’s a choice of one or the other then that becomes a lot more difficult.”
“It would be very difficult to say no to Vera because it’s such a big part of my life,” he added.
“And it would feel weird for it to be filming and me not being involved with it.”
Filming for series 11 was put on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic.
When the cast and crew were able to return, ITV bosses were forced to put restrictions in place to keep everyone safe.
Speaking about how thrilled he was to be back filming again, Riley said: “The fact that we were able to film throughout as I know a lot of other productions did have to temporarily shut down.
“So, it was a testament to the production team really and also how just how much the show means to everybody.
“It was just amazing to be back. I think when we shut down in March/April time we didn’t know what was going on.
“We didn’t know when we’d be back or if we’d be back this year.”
Addressing the COVID-19 protocols, the actor said: “We did all take it very seriously and no one was just going ‘once we wrap up, we’re just going to go out for a pint’.
“It was a lot more difficult even without being on set because you were away from home for a lot longer.”
He added: “And you were just in a hotel for the first three days doing nothing.
“And then for however long, you’re filming for and then you’d come back to the hotel. So yeah, that was a lot harder.
Vera begins on January 9 at 8pm on ITV.
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