Robson returns for another set of county tales

Robson Green working with Red Row blacksmith Stephen Lunn during filming for Tales from Northumberland.
Robson Green working with Red Row blacksmith Stephen Lunn during filming for Tales from Northumberland.

TV star Robson Green is filming the third series of his popular prime-time show which showcases the beauty and diversity of the county.

The Hexham-born actor is set to return to our screens later this year with the next instalment of Tales from Northumberland.

The award-winning ITV programme captures the 50-year-old as he immerses himself in the cultures and traditions of The Secret Kingdom.

The theme of the third series is journeys and Robson will take on eight different ones across the region, including The Pennine Way and St Oswald’s Way.

During the filming that has already taken place, Robson has been fell running in the Cheviots, sailed a tall ship at Blyth, tried his hand at engraving at Thomas Bewick’s birthplace in Cherryburn and helped lead the Rothbury Highland Pipe Band last weekend (see Page 38).

The Gazette understands that Robson will also be learning about Alnwick’s Shrovetide football game.

Series producer Stuart Ramsay said: “We are delighted to be bringing more Tales from Northumberland to people’s screens. Filming has gone very well, we’ve found some great stories and fascinating characters and our team always gets a warm Northumbrian welcome.

“The weather has been pretty good, though we did get battered by the rain last week while filming up in the Cheviots. Luckily Robson was able to take shelter for the night in a mountain refuge hut.”

The third series, made by ITV-owned production company Shiver, is due to be transmitted on ITV later in the year.

Programme has major impact

The first two series have had a major impact on boosting tourism to the county. For example, Warkworth Castle saw a 71 per cent increase in visitors on the weekend after it featured in the second series – aired earlier this year – compared to the previous weekend. The second series regularly pulled in more than three million viewers. Research after the first series, launched in 2013, showed that 85 per cent of people surveyed had been encouraged to find out more about Northumberland and experience it.