From Get Carter to Vera: TV dramas and movies filmed in the Hartlepool area

Television and film crews have repeatedly chosen the Hartlepool area as a setting for their latest productions.

Friday, 5th April 2019, 12:37 pm
Updated Friday, 5th April 2019, 12:44 pm
TV shows and movies filmed in the Hartlepool area

Some of the these titles are admittedly more famous than others and the list also features a couple of quirky if questionable inclusions.

Legendary names Terence Stamp and Vanessa Redgrave, centre, led an impressive cast in a 2012 movie largely filmed in County Durham. Locations included Wheatley Hill.
Easington Colliery doubled as fictional Everington in the 2000 movie about the boy from a mining community who dreams of becoming a professional ballet dancer. The now demolished "A" streets provided the backdrop.

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Hollywood director Ridley Scott's first movie was filmed in 1962 in Hartlepool, where he attended West Hartlepool College of Art, and is the reputed inspiration for his famous Hovis bread advert.
Mike Leigh's 1997 movie, starring Mark Benton, Andy Serkis and the late Katrin Cartlidge, veered between Seaton Carew and London with local scenes filmed at the toilet block on The Front and in West View Terrace.
Hit BBC series starring Martin Shaw was a regular visitor to these parts during its 2007-17 run. Hartlepool's Church Street, pictured, and Horden's imposing St Mary's Church were among locations to double for the 1960s.
The 1971 gangster movie's finale was filmed on Blackhall Colliery Beach. With the colliery itself later closing, 10m pounds was spent on tidying up the beach and its industrial remains.
The 2014 CBBC children's drama to mark the centenary of the First World War beginning was filmed in Blackhall. Locations included the allotments and community centre.
Stephen Tompkinson starred in the title role in the 2012 movie about a 1970s cop. Largely derelict terraced streets off Hartlepool's Hart Lane, such as Carr Street in our picture, provided the backdrop.
Comedian Russell Brand, second right, surprised staff at Uppal Cutz salon, in Warren Road, when he popped in in 2017 while filming the BBC comedy series in disused parts of the nearby University Hospital of Hartlepool.
The 1943 war movie, starring a young Gordon Jackson, transported sand from Seaton Carew beach to London's Ealing Studios on the recommendation of Hartlepool actor Charles Green. Talk about shifting sands.
Actor Stephen Graham's 2013 short movie included scenes shot at Hartlepool's Borough Hall and Athenaeum Club. He also received advice on how to chop meat from Davidson's butchers, in Catcote Road.
Typically gritty 1987 Alan Clarke film was filmed in Easington Colliery and featured future screen stars Lesley Sharp, third left, and David Thewlis, far right.
A bit of a cheat but here goes. The Wingfield Castle paddle steamer, based at Hartlepool Marina, featured in the hit 1980 movie while moored in London.
The National Museum of the Royal Navy Hartlepool has provided a fitting backdrop for the ongoing ITV drama about Queen Victoria's reign. Here's actor Peter Bowles, left, pictured in town in 2017.
ITV's prime time police drama starring Brenda Blethyn is another regular visitor with the Headland, pictured, Middleton Beach, Horden Beach and Peterlee's Pasmore Pavilion among its locations.
While this list concentrates on works of fiction, Hartlepool has also hosted other TV shows such as Question Time, Antiques Roadshow, Time Team and Skint. Mind, some viewers might consider the latter to be.........
Alien 3's landscape scenes were filmed up the road at Dawdon, not Blackhall, while Canoe Man, the 2010 tale of Seaton Carew conman John Darwin, pictured, was filmed by the BBC in Southwold, Suffolk.