Village set to appear on TV for Les Bleus

Artist Francesca Simpson being filmed on Alnmouth Beach.
Artist Francesca Simpson being filmed on Alnmouth Beach.

A north Northumberland coastal village is set to make an appearance on TV – but not in this country, in France.

Alnmouth has always been a popular venue for film crews; last year an episode of ITV drama Vera was located in the village and several TV adverts have been shot there.

Now the French TV station TF1 has spent two days making a feature piece which will be shown to their eight million viewers.

Each year TF1 visits ‘a charming village in England during the cold winter’. Last year it was Polperro in Cornwall, this year it’s Alnmouth.

The seaside village was chosen because some months ago a team from TF1 had been travelling from London to Edinburgh and were so impressed by the view of Alnmouth from their train, that they decided there and then that this was the village for the next episode.

Gaetan Lecointe, TF1’s news producer, said: “Regular correspondence from our viewers highlights their interest in wanting information about the UK and there are 400,000 French people living in the UK who are also keen to know more.”

Gaetan and his colleague, Catherine Jentille, have been learning about Alnmouth and its history and why it has inspired so many artists and photographers.

They interviewed Hipsburn artist Francesca Simpson and they heard about the Alnmouth Village Golf Club, the oldest nine-hole links course in England, the haunted Schooner Hotel, and one of England’s smallest museums, the Ferryman’s Hut.

They concluded their visit by filming in the Village Tea Rooms, where local residents were enjoying mince pies, something which is quite unknown in France.

The programme will be broadcast between Christmas and the new year.