TV and film crews return to north Northumberland

Bamburgh Castle
Bamburgh Castle

One of Northumberland’s most famous landmarks is set to grace the small screen again soon after filming took place for a new BBC TV series.

Actors and film-crew members were on the beach at Bamburgh this month for work on the forthcoming seven-parter Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell.

Based on the bestselling novel by Susanna Clarke, which tells the story of two men who bring practical magic back to England in an alternate-history early 19th century, the series is set to star Eddie Marsan and Bertie Carvel in the eponymous lead roles.

Marc Warren and Paul Kaye will also appear in the drama.

And Bamburgh is also set to be the venue for some of the filming for a new big-screen version of Shakespeare’s famous Scottish tragedy.

Last week, StudioCanal and Film4 announced the start of principal photography on See-Saw Films’ production of Macbeth, which will shoot for seven weeks in Scotland and England.

Directed by Justin Kurzel, Macbeth will star Oscar nominee Michael Fassbender and Oscar winner Marion Cotillard, alongside Paddy Considine, David Thewlis and Sean Harris.

Bamburgh Castle and the village’s beach have been used as locations for numerous films and television shows over the years, including Roman Polanski’s 1971 version of Macbeth.

Two of the most famous faces to come were Richard Burton, when he was filming Beckett, and Elizabeth Taylor.