Brenda Blethyn nerves: Why was Vera star worried about returning to ITV drama?

She said: “I was glad to be starting work again for lots of reasons. But at the same time, I was nervous of it.

“We were in the middle of a global pandemic and nobody was safe really.

“But when it was explained to me about all the precautions to be set in place – and my word they were very very thorough, I became a little less nervous.

“I was quizzed on the phone by a Covid detective, and medicals were carried out to make sure I wasn’t too vulnerable.

“Medicals are necessary anyway for any filming for insurance purposes. They really just want to know you’re going to make it to the end of the shoot!”