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College Provides Location For Hit BBC Show Inspector George Gently

Actor Martin Shaw returned to our screens at the weekend as Inspector George Gently, with the first of two new feature-length films.

Next Sunday’s episode will include scenes featuring Shaw in the Coroner’s Office which were filmed in the Boardroom at East Durham College’s Houghall Campus in Durham City.

The BBC spent two days transforming and filming in the Boardroom at the Land Based Studies College back in May, with a number of the behind the scenes crew also staying in the College’s Halls of Residence during the filming undertaken around Durham.

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

The crime drama, set in the 1960s, is about an old-school detective trying to come to terms with a time when the lines between the police and criminals have become blurred.

This classic series, with its growling, passionate detective hero (Shaw) and his headstrong, un-pc sidekick, Bacchus (Lee Ingleby), lovingly recreates the Swinging Sixties as it finally hits the North East.

Writer Peter Flannery says: “Inspector George Gently has taken on a new lease of life since the series came home to its geographical and spiritual roots last year. The city of Durham – in true Geordie fashion – has welcomed the show with open arms and the cast and crew simply love being there.”

A further two films of Inspector George Gently have already been commissioned by the BBC to be filmed in 2012.

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