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12 – 14 April 2019

Join us for the largest and most prestigious television festival in the UK.


+ Q&A with actor Brenda Blethyn and creator Ann Cleeves

Brenda Blethyn and Ann Cleeves on the art of taking a well-loved character from page to screen.

Image from Vera with Brenda Blethyn and writer Ann Cleeves

Photograph: ITV / Neil Genower

Total runtime 60min

The star and the creator of the hit detective series reveal the secrets of taking a much-loved character from page to screen. Brenda Blethyn’s portrayal of DCI Vera Stanhope has caught the imagination of viewers and critics alike. But how different is her portrayal of the much-loved sleuth from the character that crime-writer Ann Cleeves created in her hugely successful novels? And what happens when a work of fiction becomes a TV drama? Join us for a fascinating discussion between the writer and the star.

Tickets £20, concs £16 (BFI Members pay £2 less).

Ann Cleeves will be signing copies of her books, along with Brenda Blethyn, on the BFI mezzanine level immediately after the event (60 mins max).

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