Chance to be on TV, by George

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WANNABE TV stars are being invited to try out for the chance to become an extra in a popular 1960s-set detective series.

The company behind BBC1’s Inspector George Gently series, which features former The Professionals actor Martin Shaw in the title role, will be auditioning for extras next week.

Company Productions North is auditioning for people to appear in shots in and around the streets of Horden.

An open casting session will take place at Horden Social Welfare Centre, in Seventh Street, on Tuesday from 3pm until 7pm.

They would be looking to film the shots on Tuesday, June 7.

The cast and production team of the vintage drama have already been seen filming in the village and at Seaton Carew and Wheatley Hill in recent months.

Horden Parish Council clerk Paul Davison said this was an exciting time for the village and a chance to put Horden on the map.

He added: “This is a feather in the cap for Horden and will help raise its profile.

“This is really positive and the company want some local involvement.

“The crew will be filming down the colliery streets, including Eighth Street and there is a possibility that they could use one of the parks.

“I think the scenes will feature a funeral cortege.”

People are being asked to pop along to the centre so the production team can take some measurements and photographs.

If successful, they would be paid to be an extra and possibly spend up to 10 hours on set, with food and drinks available.

The production team is looking for a range of people from their late teens upwards.

Any children under 16 would need to apply for a child performance licence and parents would need to fill in paperwork and get permission for school absence and a doctors note confirming the child is fit to film.

Anyone interested can turn up on the day or email