Newcastle on Film and Television – NEW Book

12th March 2018

A man in a winter coat standing in the middle of a Newcastle street of terraced houses with a downhill view.

Photograph credit Mark Pinder Photography

Chris Phipps has drawn our attention to his recently published book Forget Carter: Newcastle on Film and Television

Newcastle and the region is frequently associated with TV and Film icons such as Get Carter, Byker Grove, The Tube and Our Friends in the North. However, how many know where Ralph Richardson stole money from in 1939? Where a den of spies lived in Jesmond in 1951? Who met Tommy Lee Jones on the High Level Bridge in 1988? Where was Gateshead High Street under siege in 2009? And which Newcastle high rise flats seem to appear in every programme or film made in Newcastle?

From his new book, media historian Chris Phipps takes us on his tour of Newcastle’s film and TV locations covering old favourites like Payroll and Auf Wiedersehen Pet and shining light on some hidden gems such as The One and Only, Unconditional and The Clouded Yellow. Newcastle and the region continue to be the perfect film set, visit filming sites for Vera and Transformers: The Black Knight.

Forget Carter! What could be next for this photogenic city?

Using  his interviews with directors Ken Loach (I, Daniel Blake, Kes) and Bryn Higgins (Unconditional), writers Peter Flannery (Our Friends in the North, George Gently), Ian La Frenais (The Likely Lads, Porridge, Auf Wiedersehen Pet) and Lee Hall (Billy Elliot), actors Melanie Hill (Bread, Coronation Street), Victoria Elliot (Hebburn, Emmerdale, The Kennedys, 55 Degrees North, Get Carter stage play), Charlie Hardwick (Amber Films, Emmerdale, Byker Grove) and Dave Johns (I, Daniel Blake), this book explores the background to the filming of many television programmes and films in Newcastle and region.

Published by Tyne Bridge Publications it is available from City Library, Waterstones, The Tyneside Cinema and Amazon.