TV ‘tec show back on Teesside

Middlesbrough Herald & Post - - HERALD & POST -

DE­TEC­TIVE drama In­spec­tor

Ge­orge Gen­tly has been film­ing on Teesside again - and this time the ac­tion cen­tred on Stock­ton.

On Mon­day and Tues­day, a lo­ca­tion shoot for the pop­u­lar BBC1 show took place largely at the TJ Thom­son and Sons scrap­yard in Oxbridge.

But just two days af­ter the crew ar­rived, they were on their way again - with Durham their next desti­na­tion.

And it has been re­vealed that af­ter ten years and 23 episodes, the se­ries as a whole is com­ing to an end.

Two fea­ture length films - in­clud­ing footage from the Stock­ton shoot - will mark the end of the long-run­ning se­ries, which was first aired in 2008.

The show, star­ring Martin Shaw as the hon­ourable DCI, Lee In­gleby as In­spec­tor Bac­chus and Lisa McGril­lis as DS Rachel Coles, was cre­ated by Peter Flan­nery, based on the Gen­tly nov­els by Alan Hunter and is made by Com­pany Pic­tures for BBC1.

And with its North-east set­ting, Teesside has fea­tured reg­u­larly over the years, in­clud­ing a ma­jor shoot in Gre­sham in Mid­dles­brough in 2013, as well as at an old so­cial club in Billing­ham. Hartle­pool and Salt­burn have also been used.

Oxbridge So­cial Club man­ager and li­censee Stephen Walker said the first he knew of the lat­est film shoot was two weeks ago “when a guy came round, look­ing for suit­able places for a film crew to park.”

He said: “I think they were film­ing at one of the bridges. Then they came down to the scrap­yard all day un­til about 7pm.

“Then they just started clear­ing ev­ery­thing away and the last one left just af­ter mid­night.”

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