Written by Aiden Mills
As the new year begins and we say farewell to last, let’s take a look at the locations in the North East which have starred on the big and small screen in 2021.
The North East of England is a wonderful part of the world, from the vibrant atmosphere of Newcastle Eldon Square, to the tranquil shores and beaches.
TV and film producers have been keen to showcase the North East last year. Hollywood movies, entertainment shows, and reality TV shows have or will soon be gracing our screens with just a little slice of the North East during 2021.
Here are the most memorable parts of the North East which have blessed our screens during last year.
Bamburgh castle was the chosen location of a Hollywood Blockbuster back in June 2021. The castle was lit up with a host of explosions and fire as filming for the new Indiana Jones Movie starring Harrisons Ford took place.
Spectators graced the beach and dunes in view of the castle to watch the movie set be partially engulfed in flames, whilst smoke was also visible emerging from the castle grounds.
The roar of stunt bikes, the sound of guns, and explosions gave an exciting atmosphere to such a fantastic scene.
The movie, set to be released in 2023 stars Harrison Ford, Mads Mikkelsen, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Antonio Banderas, as well as many more.
During the downtime of filming Harrison Ford was spotted cycling along the Northumberland Coast as well as Tyneside.
Alnwick castle is no stranger to Hollywood Movies, and 2021 was no different. Having previously welcomed the Transformers: The Last Knight in 2016, as well as being Hogwarts in the Harry Potter series, it was time for Dungeons and Dragons to set Alnwick alight.
Dungeons and Dragons is set to be released, like the new Indiana Jones Movie, in 2023. It stars Chris Pine, Michelle Rodriguez, and Hugh Grant.
Filming took place in May and June 2021 and residents have said that it brought “a real buzz about the place”.
The film is an upcoming American Fantasy Adventure film, based on the vastly popular role-playing game Dungeons and Dragons.
The beautiful Kielder forest graced our Television screens twice in 2021 on BBC’s Countryfile as well as Channel 5’s Secret Life of The Forest.
This is Kielder’s second appearance on BBC’s hit showhaving previously featured on Sunday, 4th March 2018, in which presenter Helen Skelton and the team explored Kielder Water and Forest Park.
The 2021 episode aired on the 5th December 2021, where presenters Matt Baker and Charlotte Smith explored the Northumberland Forest. As they discovered how the man-made landscape suppliers a quarter of England’s timber, as well as studying how the forest is managed for the wildlife.
Kielder Forrest appearance on Channel 5’s Secret Life of The Forest showcased the spectacular beauty of England’s largest forest. Narrated by Hugh Bonneville Kielder Forrest Is explored in detail to find the secretive wildlife in one of the most remote parts of the country. This first aired in November 2021.
Northumberland National Park
Northumberland National Park was the home of Top Gear in May 2021. Filming took place in Northumberland for the popular motor show hosted by Chris Harris, Paddy McGuinness, and Freddie Flintoff, which was then first aired in November 2021.
The presenters took an electric caravanning road trip from Berwick to Barnard Castle with several stops in between with Northumberland National Park being one of the most notable.
In the Upper Coquet Valley, the trio completed a chill challenge, described by Paddy McGuinness as his favourite moment of the series.
Chris Harris, Paddy McGuinness, and Freddie Flintoffpurchased a Polestar2, an Audi E-tron Sport Back 55 Quattro S-Line and Mercedes EQC400 to complete their conquest to Barnard Castle.
Warkworth Beach welcomed former radio presenter Nick Grimshaw in the BBC show Walking With… The show which aired in November saw Nick Grimshaw walk from Warkworth Beach to Amble in which he spoke about his hopes of starting a family and questioning his sexuality as he grew up. It was first Aired on the 24th November 2021.
Not a destination in itself but filming for a series 11 of the beloved Geordie detective’s adventures took place in several locations around the North East.
Filming for series 11 of Ann Cleeves’ Vera was spotted in North Shields, Tynemouth, Hexham, Allendale, Corbridge, Washington, and the Port of Sunderland.
In a behind the scenes interview it was revealed that the exterior of Vera’s cottage is on Holy Island, however the interior of her home is a specially created set in Wallsend.
The Gateshead Millennium Bridge and Tyne Bridge are also 2 famous landmarks seen during Vera.
The Hairy Bikers Go North
In December 2021 David O’Doherty introduced Mel Giedroyc to the beautiful Northumberland Coast.
They started off in Alnwick’s Barter Books, before cycling along the coast through Alnmouth, Beadnell, and Bamburgh before arriving at their destination of Holy Island.
They returned to the region three times in the Hairy Bikers Go North. Firstly, stopping in Amble, Bamburgh, Holy Island and the foothills of the Cheviots. They arrived in Newcastle in the Series Finale, where they visited Michelin-Star winningrestaurant House of Tides, as well as trying street food from Kimchi Planet, and Pop Up Wok.
Just before Christmas, the bikers stumbled across their festive dessert at Darlington’s Burtree puddings which made up part of their ‘best ever’ Northern Christmas Dinner.
Angels of The North
BBC Three filmed their third series of reality show Angels of The North in 2021. The followed the lives of 3 businesses and their employees in the North East of England. Longlox Salon in Gateshead, Pure Ink Tattoo in Newcastle, and Bilton Hall Boxing Club in Jarrow were the 3 which was showcased in Season 3.
The show provides viewers with a candid look into the life as a young, and ambitious person in the North East of England.
Aiden is a 22 year old desktop IT Technician as well as a journalist for Radio Gateshead. He has also written for A Love Supreme and Sunderland AFC’s official fan magazine.
He is a huge Sunderland supporter and loves nothing more than a match day. His specialty fields are science and sports, but he is very flexible with his writing.
Aiden also loves fitness, as he is also an amateur boxer. He love to keep himself busy and having multiple things on the go certainly does that for him.