Alnwick is inspected by national crime show

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By now, Alnwick is pretty used to being on TV and film, so it was no surprise that ITV’s Vera came back for more.

The show, now in its fifth series, needs no introduction and is certainly littered with shots from across the region.

And quite rightly so. Alnwick looked on top form despite being painted as a hive for immigrant workers being murdered and left hidden in muck-pits on a rural farm.

Avid Gazette readers online were quick to notice some of the filming locations while others were curious to find the locations.

More obvious filming shots were in Alnwick Market Place and the Duchess’s Community High School, which was renamed Millerbridge High School.

Award-winning actress Brenda Blethyn and the star of the detective series has always spoke of her affection for Alnwick and the rest of Northumberland.

She said: “I’m in Northumberland for five months; each episode takes a month to do,

“We go to all those glorious places in Northumberland; it really is beautiful. It is a joy to be up there and the people are so friendly, really nice.”

The new series was filmed last year in locations all over the county, including Alnwick, Chillingham and Howick Estate, and drama students at Duchess’s High School were called upon to act as extras for a scene at the school.

Brenda, who is from Ramsgate in Kent, also revealed that she based Vera’s accent on This Morning agony aunt Denise Robertson, who she listened to for the ‘song in her voice’.