Actor’s town trip set for screening

Timothy Spall and wife Shane pictured at Hartlepool Marina during their voyage around England.
Timothy Spall and wife Shane pictured at Hartlepool Marina during their voyage around England.

A DOCUMENTARY which shows a TV and film star in Hartlepool will hit the screen next week.

Harry Potter movie star Timothy Spall sailed into Hartlepool last summer as part of his seafaring challenge around Britain.

Timothy shot to fame in the early 1980s as hapless electrician Barry Taylor in Auf Wiedersehen Pet.

He went on to star in a host of other TV shows over the past 25 years including Frank Stubbs Promotes and The Street.

The Brummie dad-of-three has appeared in five of the Harry Potter blockbusters including the final instalment Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II.

The 51-year-old, a keen yachtsman, spent months filming a documentary, Spall at Sea, which included a brief stopover in Hartlepool during the leg of the trip which saw him sail down the North-East coast.

The actor and his wife Shane, who joined him on his trip, berthed his vessel The Princess Matilda at Hartlepool Marina in July before leaving for Whitby.

He told the Mail at the time of his visit: “We are really enjoying our trip down the coast. We’ve been up to Newcastle and it’s off to Whitby next.

“It’s lovely to be in Hartlepool, it seems a really nice place and the marina is lovely.

“Sadly we were only in town for one day. It would have been nice to have stayed a bit longer for a good look around.”

Paul Crompton, who is directing the Spall at Sea documentary, said: “This is a project Tim has been working on for six years, on and off.

“He set off near London and is circumnavigating Britain.

“When he is working the boat is moored and he goes off to wherever he needs to be for work.

“He goes back to the boat when his filming is finished.”

The documentary featuring Timothy’s trip to Hartlepool will be screened on BBC 4 on Tuesday, February 28, at 8.30pm.