The two stars of the ITV cop show joined crime writer Ann Cleeves, whose books inspired the series, on stage to collect the RTS Judges’ Award at the Hilton Newcastle-Gateshead in late February. Filming begins on Vera’s 10th season in Northumberland next month.
We are in the wintry Northumberland countryside to celebrate Burns Night with friends on the lakeside at Kielder Water – a vast man-made reservoir surrounded by dense forest. Surprisingly, the chatter is not about the imminent delights of haggis, bagpipes and single malt, or the excitement of gathering beneath the darkest skies in Northern Europe – so prized by stargazers.
Monday: Child of Our Time
BBC One, 9pm
The documentary following the lives of 25 millennium born children returns for another chapter in the individuals lives as they turn 16.
As if we don’t have enough drama in our lives right now, I have to welcome the fact that so much of the TV variety is being filmed here in North East England.
I dropped in on the set for CBBC’s special-effects-laden thriller Wolfblood, at a disused office block in North Shields, and of ITV’s long-running whodunnit Vera, filmed at old shipping buildings on the River Tyne.
Good evening. I’d like to start with an apology to Monica and Karen, our two signers tonight. They maybe from Signpost - our multi-award winning Gateshead-based signing business - but I bet they’ve not signed Anglo Saxon before….until tonight. Standby for a speech that can link Ant and Dec to the West Germanic version of Old English…yes, really.