Vera: Series One. I just caught the end of the recent series on TV and found a new favourite DCI! Vera calls everyone ‘pet’ and ‘love’, she’s a little bit grumpy and disheveled, but she’s brilliant and very caring, deep down. The accents and scenery are great, the murders are puzzling and the regular characters are endearing. For lovers of British crime shows with lovable characters and not too much gore or violence. You can also read the books it is based on, the Vera Stanhope series by Ann Cleeves.