Hit BBC Show Filmed at East Durham College

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Parts of East Durham College have been used to film scenes in the new two-part series of Inspector George Gently, a crime drama television series produced by the BBC and first aired in 2007.

The boardroom at Houghall Campus, East Durham College
The boardroom at the Houghall Campus provided us with the ideal period location for the scene we needed to film. Coupled with that the staff at the College were incredibly helpful, making the whole process very simple and pleasurable.

Parts of East Durham College have been used to film scenes in the new two-part series of Inspector George Gently, a crime drama television series produced by the BBC and first aired in 2007.

Inspector George Gently is a British crime drama series set in the 1960s in North East England. Martin Shaw plays the lead character, George Gently, alongside Lee Ingleby in the BBC detective show that is written by Peter Flannery. Well-loved North England actors Sarah Lancashire and Warren Clarke also feature in the BBC series.

The popular TV series is based on the ‘Inspector Gently’ novels by Alan Hunter and were originally set in Norfolk but filmed in Ireland for the first three series. Martin Shaw has spoken of his happiness at the show being brought to the North East as he grew up in a village next to Durham called Penshaw.

Scenes around Durham and the beautiful surrounding area provide the backdrop to the 60s drama, with sights such as Durham Castle featuring, which will make any Geordie proud!

The second part of the series includes scenes filmed in the Boardroom at the Houghall Campus at East Durham College. The BBC production crew spent two days working hard to transform and then film the Boardroom scenes back in May 2011. Members of the production crew also stayed at the College’s Halls of Residence whilst the filming took place.

The Location Manager, Andrew Bainbridge said, “The boardroom at the Houghall Campus provided us with the ideal period location for the scene we needed to film. Coupled with that the staff at the College were incredibly helpful, making the whole process very simple and pleasurable.”

The Boardroom was an ideal choice as it is located within the historic manor house that is in local records going back to 1260. In 1836 the manor house and all the surrounding land was endowed to Durham University. In 1920 Durham County Council then bought the farm to provide site for an agricultural school and training form, which it continues to be today as part of East Durham College. East Durham College is a further education College that has most recently added AS Levels and A Level Courses to its roster of courses available to local learners.

Make sure you don’t miss out on the the second part of the two-part series of Inspector George Gently airing on Sunday, 26 September at 8.30pm on BBC One and BBC HD.

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