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Great British TV Murder Series Settings to Explore
Judging by the number of TV detective shows set in the UK, it seems we all love a good murder! And it is always fun to explore a place that we’ve seen on TV, so here’s a brief round up of ideas of places to explore that are linked to a detective series or character.
Inspector George Gently and Vera are both set in the North East.
Vera is filmed on location in Northumberland and we have a range of Trails across the county that show off the scenery including a Trail that follows the coast line (and you can choose which direction to go in), and a third driving Trail The Flodden Fields Mystery that is about 17 miles long. Durham City plays host to George and there are no less than five Trails around the City suitable for all ages including the City of Durham Pub Trail because you are under no obligation to enter any of the pubs that you pass along the way!
Remember Robbie Coltrane in Cracker? Set in Manchester where we have three Trails to choose from, if you follow the Manchester Spinningfields Treasure Hunt, you will reveal the location of a REAL hidden gem! Scott and Bailey is also set in Manchester and most of the filming was done there.
The fictional universe of Inspector Morse and later Lewis is Oxford. We have a series of five Trails in Oxford City. The Trails are totally independent of each other, and explore different parts of this stunning, historical city. They are all walking Trails and all circular and all take the usual two to three hours, however there is so much to see in Oxford, you could easily take a whole day over each one! You are really spoilt for choice!
One of the more recent TV series that captured the imagination of the viewing public was Broadchurch. The series is set on the Dorset Coast and filmed at West Bay. And guess what! We have a Trail around West Bay. We got this feedback from J.S of West Bay. “An excellent 2 hours where I learned more about West Bay than during the 4 years I have lived there. My granddaughter and her cousin also enjoyed the experience.” Got to be worth the trip!
There are of course lots of TV shows set in London, but our particular favourites are Dixon of Dock Green which was set in the East End and New Tricks filmed in central London. We have a large range of Trails available right across the capital from The Cable Car Mission in the east round to Putney Bridge in the south and Highgate in the north - we’ve got it covered!
Midsommer Murders are set in lots of different locations, so we’ll save a look at those for another time.