TV ‘tec show back on Teesside
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.”