A COUNTY Durham town was again the centre of attention as it appeared on the BBC - but this time for an episode of Top Gear.

Viewers across the nation were treated to picturesque scenes as Paddy McGuinness, Freddie Flintoff and Chris Harris made their way to what show bosses said is one of the country's "top motoring destinations."

The hilarious episode, which aired on BBC One last night, saw how the trio made their way from Berwick Upon Tweed in Northumberland to Barnard Castle for a tricky challenge.

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The trio were tasked by show bosses to test electric SUVs and caravans with a more than 100-mile journey to see which is the best for caravanning trips.

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The show mainly captured Chris Harris, driving an electric Audi, as he put the SUV to its paces, meandering the country roads and into Barnard Castle.

Stunning shots captured the town from a height as Harris was seen reaching the town centre destination, The Scar.

But as you might have expected, viewers picked up on the town's infamous link to Dominic Cummings' trip during lockdown earlier this year.

Viewers took to social media, reminding people on a national level why the name might have sounded familiar as references to Cummings were made.

But people weren't just tweeting about Cummings, others took to social media to describe the "stunning" sight as Barnard Castle aired on TV.

This isn't the first time County Durham has appeared on TV in recent weeks as eagled-eyed fans spotted Emmerdale using High Force as a filming location.

Dramatic scenes involving the collapse of a bridge were filmed at the Teesdale location with many describing how "beautiful" the scenery is.

To view the episode on the BBC iPlayer click here


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