IDYLLIC, jaw-dropping and a beautiful gem of Great Britain – this is how Robson Green describes his native Northumberland.
And the Wire In The Blood star can certainly qualify such overwhelming praise.
Not only is it the county of his birth, but the actor has recently spent his time getting up close and personal with The Secret Kingdom.
His intimate, eye-opening portrayal is captured in an eight-part series, Tales From Northumberland.
Launching on Monday at 8pm, the half-hour, weekly shows on ITV capture the beating heart of the county, as Green discovers its secrets, history and people.
“You remind yourself just how beautiful and unique this part of the world is,” said Green, 48, before a preview screening at Alnwick Playhouse three days ago.
“Not only is the landscape breathtaking and the monuments and castles remind us of our turbulent past, but the people of this area have a definite sense of self, home and most importantly, identity, and that is as strong as ever.”
Over the course of the series, Green travels the length and breadth of the county by land, sea and air to come across things he’s never seen before and discover a side of Northumberland he never knew.
He immerses himself in many of the unique experiences the area has to offer,, from spending the night in a bothy at Haughton Green to stargazing at Kielder.
It also gives him the chance to encounter all walks of county life, from a lord and lady to a shepherdess.
On top of this, Green explores the rich and deep history of a county which has its own flag, tartan and dialect and has been occupied by Romans, invaded by Vikings, played a key role in the founding of English Christianity and has been the setting for many bloody battles between the English and the Scots.
“It was a county that I thought I knew well until I did this series,” he admits.
“It is the great history lesson. But it is not just a story of the county, but a story of Great Britain, and sometimes further afield – such is Northumberland’s influence and history.”
In the first episode, Green spends 24 hours living with the wildlife rangers on the Farne Islands, learns about the history of Seahouses and also meets the man who is the third generation from his family to run boat trips to the Farnes.