TV star hears knight’s tale

Robson Green
Robson Green

A renowned second-hand bookshop, one of the largest inhabited castles in the UK and a giant land sculpture all feature in the upcoming episode of Robson Green’s Tales from Northumberland.

This Monday night, the show follows the TV star as he explores how the appeal of the county’s history and heritage is being adapted for the modern age.

His first stop is Alnwick Castle, which has been home to the Dukes and Earls of Northumberland for centuries.

Although these days, it is just as well known for doubling as Hogwarts in the Harry Potter movies.

It’s here that Green also learns about a different Harry, knight Harry Hotspur.

Chris Hunwick, archivist at The Northumberland Estates, said: “Robson and his crew spent several hours with us at the Castle and I met him in our records tower.

“It was fairly nerve-racking, given that there was no script involved and it was all done in one take.

“Robson was very interested in the legend of Harry Hotspur and we know that the Hotspur exhibition is extremely popular with visitors to the castle.

“Harry is a true Northumbrian hero.

“I was delighted to be invited to talk about Harry Hotspur for the programme and look forward to seeing it soon.”

Episode six also features Alnwick-based Barter Books, which is one of the largest second-hand bookshops in Britain and run by husband-and-wife team, Stuart and Mary Manley.

Robson also travels by helicopter to one of the region’s newest landmarks, the giant land sculpture of Northumberlandia, known as The Lady of the North. A statement on the website for Northumberlandia says: “Robson spent the whole day filming at the park arriving spectacularly by helicopter.

“Robson met and interviewed Northumberlandia’s creator Charles Jencks, Lord Ridley and Katie Perkin of the Banks Group.

“Then under the watchful eye of our park ranger, Wayne, he helped give the Lady a haircut.”