The second series of TV crime drama Vera, Silent Voices, was given a special screening at the Queen’s Hall in Hexham recently.
The programme is the second in a series made for TV and is based on a novel by the best-selling writer Ann Cleeves, who lives in the North East of England is is the creator of Vera.
It will be shown on TV this spring and stars Brenda Blethyn in the title role and David Leon, who was born in Northumberland, as the co-star.
The filming of the second series took place at some spectacular places including Tod le Moor, Linhope Spout and Thrum Mill. Northumberland County Council worked with Northern Film & Media to develop the locations and arrange access to highways and buildings for the drama.
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 council, 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.”