Aha! Browsing through ITV’s online offerings this weekend, we spotted Vera. This is the TV adaptation of Ann Cleeve’s novels about Vera Stanhope, a detective who can come across as an old bag but who is also revealed to be both sharp and sensitive underneath her homely demeanour. I have enjoyed the books and feel that, on the evidence of the two programs available so far, they have done a good job. I had heard they were planning to film them and am glad I happened to catch them (especially since the clues on Ann Cleeve’s website suggest it was originally screened earlier in the year).