Cameras roll on TV crime drama

Vera filming in Rothbury.
Vera filming in Rothbury.

CAMERAS were putting the spotlight on Rothbury again last week.

But the results of the filming won’t be seen until next spring.

Vera filming in Rothbury.

Vera filming in Rothbury.

ITV crews took over the Coquetdale village on Friday as part of its North East-based TV drama series Vera.

The crime stories are based on Ann Cleeves’ books, which star the unglamourous detective Vera Stanhope.

Played by Brenda Blethyn in the series, Vera unravels murder mysteries across Newcastle and Northumberland alongside her colleague and surrogate son, Detective Sergeant Joe Ashworth, played by David Leon.

And Rothbury will feature in the second series, which consists of four stand-alone episodes.

Vera 2 - The Ghost Position

Vera 2 - The Ghost Position

Crews were filming at Thrum Mill and on Church Street in the village for most of Friday.

Church House, which is the Northumberland National Park office, was used for some of the filming.

County councillor for the village, Steven Bridgett, saw some of the filming take place.

He said: “It’s great for the village . Anything that puts Rothbury in a positive light is a good thing.”

Carol Taggert, 66 visiting Rothbury for the day from Durham, said: “It is really good for the North East.

“After all the bad press from Raoul Moat last year it is finally showing Rothbury in a positive light.

“It is great for the local area as it allows everybody the chance to see this beautiful area and promotes the village.”

Her husband, Peter, 70, added: “I think it’s absolutely fantastic that they are filming in Rothbury.

“It brings money into the village which can only be a good thing for the community.”

Brenda Vowles, 67, from Rothbury, said: “I personally think it’s absolutely brilliant. It has brought a lot of curiosity and is a great boost for the village. The fact they are filming Vera here is just wonderful.”

Helen Edes, a Rothbury parish councillor, said: “It’s a good news story and a good thing for the village. It has definitely put us on the map again, but for a good reason this time.”

Rosie Dane, 67, from Rothbury, said: “It is very interesting and makes a nice change.

“I have been out in the sun watching them filming and I think it is good for local interest.

“It has made a change from the bad news we have experienced recently.”

The series has been shortlisted for a Crime Writers’ Association Best TV Dagger award while Brenda Blethyn has been nominated for best actress for her role in the programme.