Northumberland appeals to TV viewers

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Northumberland was tipped into second place by Italy in a survey of television settings that viewers would most like to visit.

The poll saw Radio Times readers vote for the location they would most like to visit after watching their favourite television programmes in 2014.

The Trip, a sitcom starring Rob Brydon and Steve Coogan and featuring beautiful locations such as the Amalfi Coast, Piedmont and Tuscany, helped Italy take top spot.

But ITV’s detective drama Vera, starring Brenda Blethyn and David Leon, earned Northumberland and Durham the runners-up position.

The popular show is filmed in a variety of locations across the north rast, but Northumberland features prominently.

The rest of the top ten was: Northern Ireland (Game of Thrones); Cornwall (Jamaica Inn); Derbyshire (The Village); London (Sherlock); Malmo, Sweden (The Bridge); Liverpool (Cilla); Calgary, Canada (Fargo); Cardiff (Doctor Who).

Jade Bremner, Radio Times travel editor, said: “The fact that British locations dominate our top ten TV settings list this year is testament to the quality of UK dramas, our home-grown production teams and our incredibly diverse, beautiful and dramatic landscapes.

“But the number one spot is utterly deserved by Rob Brydon and Steve Coogan’s The Trip, in which they take a romantic grand-tour style romp through magnificent Mediterranean countryside, and sprinkle witty observations throughout.”