Seaham Hall and Blast Beach feature in new series of Brenda Blethyn detective series

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SEAHAM is set to form the backdrop to murder and mystery on a prime-time TV series.

Ozone restaurant, at Seaham Hall, and the Blast beach, at Dawdon, will feature heavily in Vera, starring Oscar-nominated actress Brenda Blethyn as the eponymous detective chief inspector.

Series three of the show, which was filmed around the North East from last October to January, will be shown from tomorrow night.

The series sees Brenda – famous for roles in films including Secrets and Lies, Little Voice and Pride and Prejudice – filming for months at a time around the region.

“Each time we’re out on location I think, ‘This is breath-taking, truly beautiful and it can’t get better than this’, but it does,” said Brenda. “Each location is more surprising and more beautiful than the last. Our locations manager, Andrew Bainbridge, never fails to amaze us and it’s a constant surprise as to where we’ll end up next. We’ve been to some incredible places so I feel very fortunate that Vera has enabled me to explore the North East. I love being here. The people of the North East are so hospitable, very supportive of Vera and are fun people to be around.”

Inspired by the novels and characters of crime writer Ann Cleeves, Vera has about 7million viewers. It also stars David Leon as detective sergeant Joe Ashworth. In the opening episode, Castles in the Air, Vera will investigate the murder of a physiotherapist, gunned down at a country retreat.

l The new series begins on ITV tomorrow at 8pm. Blast beach will appear in episode one and Ozone in episode four.