THERE was drama along the Seaham coastline as actress Brenda Blethyn filmed hit TV crime series Vera.
Cast and crew have set up on the coast in Seaham to record scenes for the ITV1 detective show, which features the award-winning star as down-to-earth Inspector Vera Stanhope.
Residents and visitors looked on as the production team worked on the second series at a site near Seaham Hall.
The drama, which is set in the rural areas of Northumberland, is based on a series of novels by international bestseller Ann Cleeves.
The team is in East Durham this week filming parts of four new stand-alone episodes of the hit crime thriller, which will be aired next year.
The scenes being filmed are for an episode entitled Silent Voices, which was adapted from Cleeves’ latest novel.
Producer Elaine Collins said: “The production is delighted to be filming scenes for the new series of Vera in Durham.
“The location offers a perfect backdrop to our third episode which will be seen on ITV 1 in the New Year.”
This isn’t the first time a famous TV detective series has chosen Seaham as a location for filming.
Last year, the cast and crew of crime drama Inspector George Gently, which is set in the 1960s and stars Martin Shaw, was also on site near the beach filming scenes.
They took with a range of impressive vintage cars and also spent time filming in the Durham City and the Durham Dales.
Melanie Sensicle, chief executive of Visit County Durham, said the area being chosen as locations for television and films has huge benefits for tourism.
She said: “Filming on location in Durham brings with it the type of publicity that no amount of money can buy. TV and film production not only boosts the local economy but also provides a fantastic opportunity for our locations and people to be seen across the UK and beyond.
“We look forward to seeing Vera return to the nation’s TV screens and showcasing our wonderful county to millions of viewers.”