Vera is a Vidman VA-262 Synthetic, specifically designed as a live-in care model for elderly people. Such was the success of the Vera model, the British government has ordered nearly 500,000 Vera units for use in the UK – freeing vast amounts of care home spaces and hospital beds as the Veras take care of senior citizens in their own homes. Assigned to Dr. George Millican as a compulsory upgrade, Vera’a stern, domineering presence in his home – very different to George’s previous model, Odi – leads George to question whether the machines are serving us, or vice versa. Are we giving away too much of our freedom, independence and dignity to the likes of Vera? Where will that lead us?
Rebecca Front is a BAFTA award-winning actor and writer.
Since leaving Oxford University, she has appeared in countless TV dramas and comedies, including The Thick of It, The Day Today, The Eichmann Show, Death Comes to Pemberley and Nighty Knight and Knowing Me, Knowing You with Alan Partridge.
She has appeared on stage, most notably in Sam Mendes’ Olivier Award-winning production of Stephen Sondheim’s Company, and in feature films such as Horrid Henry.
Front is also a published author – her book of true short stories Curious was nominated for a National Book Award in 2014, and a second book is underway.