Fans of popular crime drama Vera can once more look forward to glimpses of spectacular Northumberland countryside when a new episode, Sandancers, is screened on ITV1 tomorrow night.
Look out for stunning Chipchase Castle, a Grade I listed Jacobean stately home on the east bank of the North Tyne near Wark which doubles up as the Cadvar Estate. “This location needed to be very splendid, set in classic “Vera” landscape and it certainly didn’t disappoint,” the show’s location manager Andrew Bainbridge said.
“It is owned by a young guy who has lived there all his life, who was very keen for us to come and film there. It ticked all the boxes and more and was well worth the extra mileage we had to put in to get there.”
The great castles of Northumberland are famous but Chipchase Castle is especially renowned for being particularly well-preserved and its gardens attract visitors in their droves.
Less glamorous locations used in tomorrow night’s film – the third of four in this series – include the 4 Rivers Biofuels plant at Cambois which doubles up as Afghanistan in a story which sees Vera (played by Brenda Blethyn) investigating the separate deaths of two bomb disposal officers recently back from Helmand Province.
“It was a major issue for us to find military barracks which play a major role in the show,” Andrew explained. “It quickly became clear that we could not shoot this at real barracks and after much searching the barracks took its form from many different locations: the TT Electronics factory at Bedlington, St Mary’s College in Newcastle and the former Prudhoe Hospital along with some private houses which we used for interiors.”
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