There’s no mystery to success of TV drama

AN ITV mystery drama which was filmed in north Northumberland has been premiered at a special secreening.

Silent Voices, from the forthcoming second series of Vera, was shown at the Queen’s Hall in Hexham.

A line-up including tourism, media industry and local council representatives attended.

Silent Voices is based on a novel by the internationally best-selling North East author Ann Cleeves, creator of Vera.

Filming of the second series took place at some stunning locations including Tod le Moor, Linhope Spout and Thrum Mill,

Northumberland County Council worked closely with Northern Film & Media to set up locations and arrange access to highways and buildings for the drama, which stars Brenda Blethyn in the title role and Northumberland-born David Leon as co-star.

The production has already drawn national attention to the North East. The first series alone featured location shots with an estimated advertising value of £90million generating huge publicity for the region.

Northern Film and Media invested £30,000 to bring Vera to the North East and the show benefits from ongoing support from its production service.

Tom Harvey, chief executive of Northern Film and Media, said: “Our initial investment in, and ongoing support of, Vera has boosted the North East’s drama infrastructure with a distinctive, returnable series that benefits the economy, creates jobs and presents our region to potential visitors across the globe.

“Dramas filmed here in the past 18 months have attracted combined viewing figures of 76million in the UK alone and we expect the forthcoming series of Vera to grow the show’s already impressive viewing figures.”

Coun Neil Bradbury, executive member responsible for culture and tourism at the county counci,l 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.”