FILMING for a hit reality television show has taken place in the region.

An episode of the Channel 4 programme 'Four in a Bed' will centre on guests staying somewhere in the Weardale area. Although the exact location is a closely guarded secret, it is known that several local venues will feature.

The show features four bed and breakfast owners taking it in turns to stay at each other's establishments and sample the area for its food, drink, and hospitality.

At the end of the week the participants leave a cash amount they think is fair for the stay – the winner is the B&B that has been left the most money by the other guests.

The participants approach local pubs and cafes to host the constants in the evening and the morning.

During their Weardale stay, the guests enjoyed an evening meal at The Copper Mine pub in Crook and a breakfast at Bradley Burn Farm, in Wolsingham.

The Copper Mine was named the best pub in County Durham in the National Pub and Bar awards 2017.

Owner Anne Binks, who bought the pub three years ago, said it is friendly staff, range of gins and ales and the Sunday lunch that attracts people.When asked if she wanted to host the shoe, she said it was an opportunity that was impossible to turn down.

The crew, consisting of four cameramen and five production staff, arrived and dined at 5.30pm on Tuesday and the guests arrived two hours later – filming wrapped up at 10.30pm. The contestants ordered steaks, oxtail and a sea food medley.

Anne said that the filming was “a great opportunity to get more publicity for the area”.

The following morning, the contestants and TV crew headed to Bradley Burn Farm for breakfast. They had five English breakfasts and one bacon and cheese bagel with coffees. Manager Lynne Robertson said that the plates came back clean.

Camera crews gathered surrounding shots and cut aways for the show and stayed until midday.

The episode is due to air in October.