Inspector George Gently will return to the North East for its seventh series, with four feature-length episodes commissioned for BBC One.

The 1960s-set drama, set to broadcast next month, was filmed on location in Durham and the surrounding area.

Martin Shaw and Lee Ingleby as Gently and Bacchus

Martin Shaw and Lee Ingleby as Gently and Bacchus

It was re-commissioned by Ben Stephenson, controller BBC Drama Commissioning and Danny Cohen, controller BBC One.

Executive producer John Yorke said: “We’re delighted to be filming Inspector George Gently again in Durham and the North East – and it’s fantastic to be able to recreate the world of 1969. There were such vivid and colourful changes in society at that time – and hopefully our series will continue to give a real portrait of the age.”

Starring Martin Shaw and Lee Ingleby as police partnership Gently and Bacchus, the series has been made by Company Pictures, executive produced by Peter Flannery and Yorke for Company Pictures and by Polly Hill for BBC One.

The films are produced by Matthew Bird (Death In Paradise, The Street), and directed by Nick Renton (Far From The Madding Crowd, Lewis), Bill Anderson (Case Histories, DCI Banks) Tim Whitby (Shameless, Bramwell) and Ben Bolt (Downton Abbey, Doc Martin). The writing team this season is Tim Prager (Silent Witness, Waking the Dead), Mike Cullen (Donovan, Taggart) and Jess Williams (Call The Midwife).