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Brenda Blethyn: 'Wonderful' to think Vera has helped North East tourism

The North East crime drama, Vera, which has been been a tourism magnet for the region, is set for a return with a 5th series this weekend on April 5th at 8pm.

Ahead of the premiere Brenda Blethyn has told ITV News Tyne Tees how she is far from tired of playing the no-nonsense detective and about her favourite North East spots:

Watch Pam Royle's full interview with Brenda Blethyn at 6pm tonight.

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Tour of Britain comes to Northumberland

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Northumberland is to host two stages of the Tour of Britain.

The event is to be broadcast in 130 countries, with live coverage on ITV.

Some of the world's top cyclists are expected to come to the North East leg of the race, including Sir Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish.

The eight stage race will take place during September and will enter Northumberland from the Scottish Borders.

The route will run from Wooler to Alnwick, and then down the coast to Blyth.

The race will restart the next morning from Prudhoe and follow Hadrian's Wall across the Pennines into Cumbria.

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