Drama is no mystery any more

A NEW mystery drama filmed on location in Northumberland is being premiered today.

Northumberland County Council worked closely with creative industry development agency Northern Film & Media to set up locations and arrange access to buildings for the drama, Vera, which stars Brenda Blethyn as DI Vera Stanhope.

Filming took place late last year at locations including Druridge Bay, Low Hauxley, Dunstanburgh Castle, Holy Island, the wind turbines at North Blyth and Embleton. The drama’s star-studded cast also includes David Leon and, in the first episode, North-East-born Gina McKee.

Jennie Collingwood, tourism development manager at Northumberland County Council said: “Filming in the area, whether it be for a TV commercial or a Hollywood blockbuster, brings with it the type of publicity that no amount of money can buy. There are great spin-offs throughout the local tourism industry and the economy, as history has proved.”

Based on the internationally best-selling novels of North East author Ann Cleeves, the series is a flagship part of ITV’s spring line-up and has been tipped as a successor to Frost. The first episode, ‘Hidden Depths’, was part-funded by Northern Film & Media and the production was supported by the agency’s production service.

The screening takes place today at the Tyneside Cinema in Newcastle.

Agnes Wilkie, Creative Director, Northern Film & Media said: “Hot off the heels of the success of United, Vera will see the North East’s stunning locations and ability to deliver major drama demonstrated in a peak time network slot for the second consecutive week. The North East is gaining an international reputation for producing hit TV drama thanks to attractive investment opportunities, a first class production service and the support of the region’s local authorities.”