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Here are just a few ways that you can see Tees Valley on screen with films, TV series and events captured in the Tees Valley to keep you entertained whilst at home.

To find out about more films and TV series shot in the region head to the Northern Film and Media website.

Here are just a few of the films that you can enjoy that were filmed in the Tees Valley. To find out about more films shot in the region head to the Northern Film and Media website.

Billy Elliot, Easington Village & Tees Transporter Bridge (2000)

Billy Elliot (Billingham born Jamie Bell) becomes fascinated with the ballet lessons which are being held in the same hall as his boxing class. The ballet teacher, Mrs Wilkinson (Julie Walters), recognises his potential and encourages him to join her class.

Billy Elliott was filmed in the North East of England using many North East locations, mainly in Easington Village. You can also spot Billy and his mother cross the longest working transporter bridge in the world, the Tees Transporter Bridge in Middlesbrough.

Watch the film here. (Cert. 15)

Atonement, Redcar Beach (2007)

Fledgling writer Briony Tallis (Saoirse Ronan), as a thirteen-year-old, irrevocably changes the course of several lives when she accuses her older sister’s lover of a crime he did not commit.

Do you remember when Redcar was transformed into a Hollywood Film Production for the filming of Atonement in 2006? Redcar Beach doubles as wartime Dunkirk in one of the film’s most famous scenes, which also features Newcomen Terrace, and what was The Coatham Hotel and Regent Cinema.

Watch the film here (Cert. 15)

1917, Tees Barrage (2019)

The award-winning War Epic, 1917 features Tees Barrage International White Water Centre. Following its release, 1917 will be the biggest movie to feature a Tees Valley landmark since the 2007 war drama Atonement, which featured Redcar’s seafront.

The scenes were shot on the 150 metre stretch of the long course in order to film several river scenes which were stitched together to make one longer continuous scene. This was all made possible because the centre had the ability to simulate extreme water conditions such as waves and rapids in a controlled environment.

Watch the film here (Cert. 15)

Here are just a few TV programmes that you can enjoy that were filmed in the Tees Valley. To find out about more TV series shot in the region head to the Northern Film and Media website.

Mortimer & Whitehouse: Gone Fishing

Gone Christmas Fishing is an hour-long festive special following Bob Mortimer as he returns to his childhood roots. Middlesbrough born Bob Mortimer and Paul Whitehouse explore our wonderful region in their festive episode, which showcases everything from The River Tees, singer Chris Rea and our regions signature dish, the parmo!

Catch the festive special of Mortimer & Whitehouse: Gone Fishing on BBC iPlayer here.


BRIEFS is a hilarious new sitcom about a chaotic High Street legal practice based in Redcar. The show boasts a Northern cast and crew including former Coronation Street actor Billy Doherty and Redcar-based actor Andy Tate (The Mighty Redcar), and writer Teresa Taylor and the production team all hail from Redcar, where the show is filmed.

Watch the World Premiere of Episode 1 from the comfort of your home by purchasing tickets here.


S3 EP4: Prodigal Son, Camerons Brewery (2013)

Series three, Episode four of the features Cameron’s Brewery in Hartlepool, which doubles as Finches Brewery in the episode. Filming was held at several brewery locations, including the main brew house and keg plant.

S9 EP3: Cold River, Tees Barrage (2019)

Tees Barrage International White Water Centre featured in series 9 of the popular detective programme. The unique Archimedes screws with the backdrop of the white water course and the River Tees proved to be the perfect filming location for evidence from a murder case to be washed up.

Watch Vera on ITV hub here.

Auf Wiedersehen Pet (Series 3, 2002)

Auf Wiedersehen, Pet is a British comedy-drama programme about seven British construction workers who leave the UK to search for employment overseas. Series 3 takes the group on an incredible journey from Middlesbrough to Arizona, as they win a contract to dismantle the Tees Transporter Bridge, dismantling the Tees Valley’s famous landmark and rebuilding it in the USA. Filming included a location at the dock side in Middlesbrough in 2001.

Watch Auf Wiedersehen Pet on Amazon Video here.

Dark Angel – Mini Series (2016)

A two-part drama about the Victorian serial killer Mary Ann Cotton. Filmed in Saltburn.

Based on the true story of Victorian poisoner Mary Ann Cotton, “Dark Angel” follows the exploits of what may have been England’s first female serial killer. Sowing a trail of death across the North East, Mary Ann’s modus operandi sees her marry unsuspecting men, poison them with arsenic, cash in on her victim’s life insurance and move on to the next one. As the body count slowly increases, Mary Ann’s social and financial situation improves, but so does the risk that her murderous ways will be uncovered.

Watch Dark Angel on Amazon here.


Real Tees Valley

Real Tees Valley is a film project run by Tees Valley Arts over a year across the Tees Valley, encouraging young people to use the medium of film to tell their own stories around their experiences of living in the area.

Young prospective and developing film-makers worked alongside six professional film-maker mentors, including a lead mentor film-maker to make these short films. The project explored what place and culture meant to this group and wrote a new narrative for the Tees Valley, using real voices to illustrate life from those who might carve out its future.

The Real Tees Valley films consist of five themes: Place, Culture, Diversity, Community, Life. Watch them here.


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