New Book and Tour from North East film expert, Chris Phipps

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Many fans of ‘Get Carter’ will be well aware of Chris Phipps, who has done a lot to promote and research the film history of the Nort East. As you can imagine, a lot of this focusses on ‘Get Carter’ – but did you know there are many other movies and TV shows that have been filmed in and around that area? Chris has recently completed a new book which chronicles this, and he’s been in touch to let us know that he will be running some tours of these iconic filming locations.

The full press release is below….




MAY 8 AND JUNE 29 2017


Many people know and associate Newcastle and the region with TV and Film icons Get Carter, Byker Grove, The Tube and Our Friends in the North. However, do you know where Ralph Richardson stole money from in 1939? Where did a den of spies live in Jesmond in 1951? Who met Tommy Lee Jones on the High-Level Bridge in 1988? Where was Gateshead High Street under siege in 2009? and which Newcastle high rise flats seem to appear in every programme or film made in Newcastle?

From his new book, media historian Chris Phipps takes us on his tour of Newcastle’s film and TV locations covering old favourites like Payroll and Auf Wiedersehen Pet and shining light on some hidden gems such as The One and Only, Unconditional and The Clouded Yellow. Newcastle and the region continue to be the perfect film set, visit filming sites for Vera and Transformers: The Black Knight. Forget Carter! What could be next for this photogenic city?

Using his interviews with directors Ken Loach (I, Daniel Blake, Kes) and Bryn Higgins (Unconditional), writers Peter Flannery (Our Friends in the North, George Gently), Ian La Frenais (The Likely Lads, Porridge, Auf Wiedersehen, Pet) and Lee Hall (Billy Elliot)and actors Melanie Hill (Bread, Coronation Street), Victoria Elliot (Hebburn , Emmerdale, The Kennedys, 55 Degrees North, Get Carter stage play), Charlie Hardwick (Amber Films, Emmerdale, Byker Grove) and Dave Johns (I, Daniel Blake), this tour explores the background to the filming of many television programmes and films in Newcastle and region.


The BEST SELLING book published by Tyne Bridge Publications is now available from City Library, Waterstones, The Tyneside Cinema and


The bridge in South Hetton where Sibbet's body was found

50 Years On From the ‘One-Armed Bandit’ Murder

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As we all know, the film ‘Get Carter’ was based on Ted Lewis’s eponymous novel ‘Jack’s Return Home’. But did you know that the novel itself is loosely connected to a similar, real-life story that happened in the North-East only a few years before?

Angus Sibbet was a money collector for a well known local villain, Vince Landa, who controlled the majority of the one-armed bandit machines in the North-East. Well, on the 5th January 1967 the body of Sibbet was found dead in his car in South Hetton. Landa’s brother, Michael Luvaglio and Sibbet’s colleague, Dennis Stafford, were arrested and found guilty of his murder – both sentenced to life imprisonment but released in 1979.

Numerous similarities to the Get Carter movie are obvious, there can be no doubt about that – hence why it is such an intriguing case for many fans of the film.

Both men have vehemently protested their innocence since being released from prison and this week marks a major milestone in the crime, a full 50 years since it took place. Luckily, there are a number of good online articles that have outlined the case and are well worth checking out.

Firstly though, it may be useful to get a good background from the Wikipedia page of the murders.



Get Carter cinematographer Wolfgang Suschitzky dies aged 104

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The Guardian has reported the death of Get Carter cinematographer Wolfgang Suschitzky at the age of 104. He was a photographer, cameraman and cinematographer who was involved in television and film production over many decades. His contribution to Get Carter, arguably his career highlight, will remain unforgettable.

You can read his full obituary on The Guardian website.

Mike Hodges Interview and Locations on The One Show, BBC One

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Without much notice, the BBC magazine programme, The One Show, this week broadcast a small piece in which Dave King (of The Hairy Bikers) returned to Newcastle to interview Get Carter director Mike Hodges.

The piece centred around the changing face of Newcastle in the 45 years since the film was released, and used various locations that were used in the film to highlight this. A short but enjoyable watch, and I’ve uploaded it to YouTube for your viewing pleasure.

‘Get Carter’ Reviews Coming In…

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I was lucky enough to visit the Belgrade Theatre in Coventry last week to watch the latest take on Jack’s Return Home adapted for the stage by Northern Stage. It was an interesting experience and one that on the whole I enjoyed. The play is based much more on the original novel, despite retaining the ‘Get Carter’ name. Without giving too much away, there are a number of plot twists that have been added in by the writer, presumably to give it the extra edge and twists to make it an interesting, original take on the story.

The production has been having strong reviews across the web, some praising its new take on the story and the strong cast performance – alongside a fantastic set. For me, the play is possibly slightly long and it loses it’s way slightly in the second half, before the climax. That said, it’s a great production for any of the big fans of Get Carter and well worth an evening out.


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