‘Grantchester’ star showcases England’s North East in new BBC documentary series

The BBC has ordered a new factual series led by Robson Green.

The 57-year-old Northumberland-born actor is best known for his roles in Grantchester, Soldier Soldier, and Wire in the Blood.

Set exclusively in England’s North East, the new 15-part series will see Robson Green joined by some of his famous friends as they celebrate “everything that’s great about the region.”

We’re told the show will be set against the backdrop of some of the UK’s most stunning scenery.

BBC Commissioning Editor, Helen Munson commented: “I’m really pleased to announce this exciting new commission from my home county. There is so much talent here in the North East, both on and off screen and this series will absolutely reflect that. Robson is a firm favourite with the audience and I’m looking forward to seeing this wonderful series get underway.”

Robson Green said: “I’m over the moon that we’re going to be co-producing this great series for BBC Two with Signpost productions. This series will showcase the best the North East has to offer.”

Creative director Gareth Deighan added: “We’re delighted to get filming this great series with Robson Green and friends, we want to make sure we’re contributing to putting the North East on the map.”

Originally titled Robson Green’s Dirty Weekends, then called Robson Green’s Weekends Away, and now called Robson Green’s Weekend Escapes, the series will air on BBC Two in an evening slot in early 2023.

(We still prefer the show’s original title!)

Green’s Grantchester co-star Tom Brittney will also be appearing in an episode of the show!

He teased on his Instagram that fans should expect to see “foraging, singing, camping for the first time in my life, getting stung by nettles multiple times, and many, many other surprises.”

The seventh season of Grantchester concluded in the UK not long ago, and the six new episodes will premiere in the US very soon.

Watch the trailer here:

However, it remains uncertain if the popular ’50s crime drama will be returning for Season 8.

Robson Green recently revealed the secret behind the show’s success: “It deals with serious subject matter in a very charming and likeable way.”

He explained: “It’s the writing and the viewers care about each character and I feel everyone involved in Grantchester, in front of and behind the camera, is at the top of their game.”

Grantchester is available to watch on Amazon Prime Video.