ITV dramas Vera and Scott and Bailey have both been re-commissioned for a third series.
Vera, starring Brenda Blethyn, will return with four new 120-minute films, based on the novels and characters created by crime writer Ann Cleeves.
The series is made by ITV Studios.
Elaine Collins, executive producer, said: “Despite her apparent chaotic approach to cracking crime, Vera is actually a very good detective albeit one driven by her own demons. We like to keep the viewers guessing as to what she’ll do and say next as she’s certainly a character who knows her own mind and isn’t afraid to speak it. We’re grateful that viewers have taken her to their hearts so quickly.”
Meanwhile, Suranne Jones and Lesley Sharp both return to star in the new series of Scott and Bailey, which is made by Red Production Company.
It is written and co-created by Sally Wainwright, who is also the show’s executive producer, alongside Nicola Shindler, from Red.
ITV has also announced eight new episodes of Law and Order: UK, made by Kudos Film and TV and starring Bradley Walsh.
However, the broadcaster said that “due to filming and theatre commitments” Freema Agyeman and Harriet Walters will not return to film the new series.
Speaking about the new shows, ITV director of drama Laura Mackie said: “We’re delighted to have Law and Order: UK, Vera and Scott and Bailey back in production. The recommissions show that we have a really strong slate of returning series coming to ITV in the next 12 months which complements perfectly with the new drama we’re commissioning.”