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Series 11 of Vera was back on Sunday night with the first instalment of two feature-length episodes. DCI Vera Stanhope (played by Brenda Blethyn) and her sidekick Aidan Healy (Kenny Doughty) were back investigating the murder of a man who was beaten to death. Despite viewers being thrilled to see the cop drama back on TV, some fans became distracted by Mark Edwards’ (Riley Jones) appearance.
The first episode of series 11 began with police finding the body of local builder, Jim Tullman, who was found beaten to death on the steps of Tynemouth’s Collingwood Monument.
As Vera and her team got to work, she questioned how a seeming beloved man could be attacked so viciously.
The mystery deepened further when she discovered Jim was to testify in court as the key witness in a violent assault.
As the beloved detective delved deeper into Jim’s life, she discovered unresolved bitterness between his estranged wife Barbara and doting son John Paul.
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While Vera and Aiden were out chatting to witnesses and trying to create a picture of what their victim was like, Mark was back in the office doing some background work.
However, as Mark first appeared on screen, viewers were distracted by his new look.
The actor who plays Mark usually dons a head of blonde hair.
However, Sunday’s instalment saw the star with a shaved head, and viewers were loving his new style.
Taking to social media, one penned: “Watching new #vera and oh my, Riley Jones new look is
like the new style.”
Another penned: “Loving @Riley_Jones_88 new look in #Vera. Very handsome”
A third viewer wrote: “I can’t get my head around Marks Hair cut @Riley_Jones_88 #Vera.”
“Omg he looks so different with his hair shaved off I hardly recognised him,” another tweeted.
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A fifth commented: “A bit shocked to see you with a shaved head though.”
Riley also took to social media during the episode to ask his followers whether they were enjoying the episode so far.
In view of his 8,000 followers, he wrote: “Making a quick pit stop on the long drive back to London to stretch the legs and quick in on you lot. You enjoying the 1st Ep so far? #Vera” (sic)
His followers were quick to reply, with many sending messages of praise about the first episode.
The final episode of Vera will see DCI Stanhope investigating the murder of support worker, Angela Konan.
Angela is found hidden among the bleak woodlands of Northumberland National Park.
Noel Henderson and Stanley Booth, the two park rangers who reported the body, come under Vera’s radar when they start acting suspiciously.
However, along with Aiden, the detective manages to uncover the web of lies, but who will end up being the killer?
Vera returns on Sunday at 8pm on ITV.
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