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James Arthur in running for official number one spot

James Arthur Credit: PA

The X Factor winner James Arthur’s new single could reach the official number one spot.

The Teesside musician’s new track, Say You Won’t Let Go, debuted at number 25 in last week’s Official Singles Chart.

Say You Won’t Let Go is the most downloaded track of the chart week so far. It has already been announced that the track hit number one on the Vodafone Big Top 40 chart (based on iTunes).

His comeback follows some controversial moves by the singer from Saltburn who admits he has been on 'self destruct'.


"It has been brilliant having them in town"

Stephen Huntley took this picture while watching the filming of Transformers in Newcastle Credit: Stephen Huntley

Northern Film & Media say it has been "fantastic" having the cast and crew of the new Transformers Movie in the region - even if it was just for a few days.

100 local people a day were here during the filming of Transformers, working with the crew and cast as runners, security and PA's. It has been a fantastic experience for all those involved. We know it's massively helped hotels near filming locations - just a small example of how economically these types of events can benefit the region. Last year film and TV brought 13 million pounds to the North East. TV series and short films that are in the area for longer periods of time really help local talent get valuable experience and personal involvement in this exciting industry.

– Gayle Woodruffe, Northern Film and Media

Other movies shot in our region - who knew?!

Transformers was filmed on Grainger Street Credit: Stephen Huntley

This weekend Transformers was filmed this weekend in Northumberland and in the centre of Newcastle.

There have been lots of films and TV series shot in our region.

Most just spend a few days shooting scenes for a movie but some spend months in the North East with crews and extras shooting whole series.

Here are just a few - can you think of any more?

  • BFG - Filmed at Bamburgh Castle
  • Macbeth starring Michael Fassbender - filmed at Bamburgh Castle
  • Harry Potter (of course!) - Filmed at Alnwick Castle
  • Transformers - Filmed in Newcastle and at Bamburgh
  • Downton Abbey - Filmed in Northumberland
  • The Railway Man starring Colin Firth - Filmed in Berwick
  • Sherlock Holmes - Filmed at Darlington train station
  • Atonement - Filmed on Redcar beach
  • Vera - Filmed in and around North Shields and Tynemouth
  • i Daniel Blake - Filmed in the North East
Vera was filmed in and around North Tyneside Credit: ITV Tyne Tees
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